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12 Mike Napoli 1B
Height/Weight: 6-0/220 | Birthdate: 10/31/1981 | Birthplace: Hollywood, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Boston | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 92/74 | Average Draft Position: 173.88
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Mike Napoli ready to roll Thursday for Red Sox


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has returned to the lineup for the Thursday game against the White Sox after being inactive since injuring his firger Tuesday.

Napoli had begun to emerge from a mini-slump with three hits, including a home run, in two games after experiencing a 1-for-13 slide.


Manager: Mike Napoli out on Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) John Farrell has revealed to WEEI that first baseman Mike Napoli will not be in the lineup for the Wednesday game against the White Sox. Napoli is day-to-day with a left finger injury sustained on a head-first slide into second base Tuesday night. He is waiting for the swelling to dissipate.

Napoli boasts an impressive stat line of .302/.393/.509.


Mike Napoli suffers dislocated finger


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli jammed his finger while sliding into second base Tuesday against the White Sox, but appears to have suffered a serious injury. Napoli left the game in the top of the ninth after suffering the injury, but X-rays taken after the game revealed he suffered a dislocation, not a break or fracture to his ring finger.

Though the injury is not as severe as it might have been, Napoli might still end up missing some time. He went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base prior to suffering the injury, and will likely be considered day to day moving forward.  


Mike Napoli lifts off in loss to Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went deep for his third home run of the season Sunday night against the Yankees.

Napoli took starter Ivan Nova yard for a solo home run in the sixth inning, one of the few bright spots in his team's 3-2 defeat. He added a double and finished 2 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI, raising his average to .300 on the year.

Mike Napoli goes yards in extra-inning loss to Milwaukee


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli launched his second home run of the season Saturday night against the Brewers.

Napoli took starter Wily Peralta deep for a three-run home run in the third inning. He added a single and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI in a 7-6 loss. He is hitting .263 (5 for 19) with two home runs and seven RBI in his first five games.

Mike Napoli homers, drives in four in win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli went 2 for 5 with his first home run of the season and four RBI in his team's 6-2 win over the Orioles Wednesday.

Napoli had a strong debut Monday, going 1 for 2 with a double and two walks. He improved upon it Wednesday, and he's reached base in five of his first nine trips to the plate. Napoli has smacked 20 home runs or more in each of his last six seasons despite never receiving 500 at-bats in a season during his career.


Red Sox manager projects lineup/batting order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Red Sox manager John Farrell provided a projected lineup/batting order during an interview with WEEI Wednesday.

The lineup consisted of Shane Victorino leading off. He was followed by Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, A.J. Pierzynski, Xander Bogaerts, Will Middlebrooks and Jackie Bradley.


Red Sox officially bring Mike Napoli back


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2013) The Red Sox officially re-signed first baseman Mike Napoli to a two-year, $32-million deal Thursday. He hit .259/.360/.482 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI in 498 at-bats for Boston last season.

Red Sox re-sign Mike Napoli to two-year deal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/6/2013) The Red Sox have agreed to re-sign first baseman Mike Napoli to a two-year, $32 million deal, according to a report from WEEI in Boston on Friday.

Napoli, 32, remained relatively healthy last year and played 139 games for Boston after signing a one-year deal in the offseason. He owned a .259/.360/.482 slash line with 23 home runs and 92 RBI over 498 at-bats. He drew interest from the Rockies, Mariners, Marlins and Rangers before returning to Boston.

Marlins considering Mike Napoli


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) The Marlins have been discussing free-agent catcher Mike Napoli, according to FoxSports.com.

Napoli is good friends with catcher Jeff Mathis, and could consider the team based on his other options. While the Marlins aren't expected to be in on many free-agents, they could test the waters if Napoli comes at the right price. Napoli is expected to receive significant interest, however, so it's unclear if Miami really has a shot. 


Mariners also interested in Mike Napoli


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/26/2013) The Mariners are interested in first baseman Mike Napoli, according to FoxSports.com.

The team has been involved on many of the top free-agents, so their pursuit of Napoli shouldn't come as a surprise. Seattle was also interested in Napoli last year, but also wanted him to play catcher. With his hip issue, that may have changed things. If the team isn't willing to use Napoli behind the plate, it could signal a loss of playing time for Justin Smoak. 

Napoli hit .259/.360/.482 in 498 at-bats. 


Rockies looking at free agent first basemen


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/14/2013) Though the Rockies had previously said Michael Cuddyer would move to first base to replace the retired Todd Helton in 2014, a source with direct knowledge of their plans told the Denver Post that they're interested in free agents Mike Napoli, James Loney and Justin Morneau.

Napoli is the most attractive of the three after hitting .259 with 23 homers, 92 RBI and an .842 OPS for the Red Sox last season. The Red Sox would like to bring him back on a one-year deal, but he has already turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer.


Mike Napoli to pass on qualifying offer


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/11/2013) CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports that free agent first baseman Mike Napoli is expected to reject the Red Sox's qualifying offer. Rather than take the one-year, $14.1 million deal, Napoli will further explore the free agent market.

If Napoli signs with a team other than the Red Sox, they will receive a draft pick as compensation.


Mike Napoli's hip looks better


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has seen some improvement in his hip, according to CSN.

During his exit physical, Napoli's hip reportedly looked better than it did last offseason. Napoli was able to get through the season without many injury issues, playing in 139 games. He hit .259/.360/.482 in 498 at-bats.


Mike Napoli tendered with qualifying offer


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(11/4/2013) The Red Sox made a qualifying offer to first baseman Mike Napoli on Monday, as reported by the Boston Globe.

Napoli is expected to reject the one-year, $14.1 million deal and test the free agent market.


Red Sox to make qualifying offer to Mike Napoli


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/31/2013) The Red Sox plan to make a qualifying offer to free agent first baseman Mike Napoli, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. The offer, worth $14.1 million this offseason, allows the Red Sox to earn a compensatory pick if Napoli declines the offer and signs elsewhere.

Napoli earned $13 million in 2013 after reaching all the incentives on his one-year, $5-million deal. He hit .259/.360/.482 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI in 498 at-bats over 139 games during the regular season and then went 10 for 46 with two home runs and seven RBI during the postseason.


Mike Napoli received second cortisone shot


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/31/2013) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli told WEEI.com he had received a cortisone shot early during this postseason due to the effects of the platar fasciitis in his left foot. Napoli had previously received a cortisone shot in August.

Planning to treat his injury with rest, Napoli does not expect to have offseason surgery to heal his foot.

The free agent-to-be didn't initially think he would need to get a second shot, but said, "I wanted to do anything I could to try and stay on the field." Napoli also expressed a desire to remain with the Red Sox, saying, "When the time comes I’m pretty sure we’re going to have some conversations. I hope to be back here next year."


Mike Napoli returns to lineup for Game 6


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2013) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli has returned to the team's starting lineup for Game 6 of the World Series.

Napoli will play first base as the team returns to Boston. David Ortiz started at first when the team played in St. Louis. He'll assume his normal spot at DH while Napoli reclaims first. Napoli will hit fourth against Michael Wacha.


Mike Napoli could play 3B in late innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/27/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that while first baseman Mike Napoli won't start at third base during the World Series, he could be used at the position in the late innings as part of a double switch, the Boston Globe reports.

Napoli took grounders at third base before Saturday's Game 3 but has never played the position in a major-league game. He is on the bench for the second consecutive day Sunday with normal designated hitter David Ortiz playing first base.


Mike Napoli to see work at 3B?


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2013) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli fielded grounders at third base prior to Game 3 of the World Series against the Cardinals in St. Louis Saturday, the Providence Journal reports. Napoli was moved to the bench for Saturday's game in favor David Ortiz.

The Red Sox won't have the benefit of a designated hitter in a National League park, which means Napoli could lose his playing time to Ortiz at first base unless he starts at third base. He has not played at third base since his minor-league days with the Angels in 2004. 

Napoli went 1 for 4 with a three-run double in Game 1 and 0 for 4 in Game 2. He owns a .225/.326/.475 slash line with two home runs and six RBI over 40 at-bats in the postseason.


Mike Napoli won't catch in World Series


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/24/2013) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that there's no chance first baseman Mike Napoli will play catcher when the series shifts to St. Louis, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Red Sox won't have the benefit of a designated hitter when the teams play in a National League park, which means either Napoli or normal designated hitter David Ortiz will have to leave the starting lineup in Games 3 and 4 as well as a potential Game 5.


Mike Napoli delivers three-run double in Game 1 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2013) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli began the scoring in Game 1 of the World Series Wednesday, smacking a three-run double off Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright in the first inning of his team's eventual 8-1 win.

Napoli came to the plate with the bases loaded in the first inning after the umpires correctly overruled an out call at second base on a muffed catch by the shortstop. He promptly cleared them with a double to left-center. He came up again in the second inning with two outs and runners on first and third, but smacked it right back to the pitcher to end the inning.

Next, Napoli grounded back to the pitcher in the fifth inning, resulting in a fielder's choice after beating the potential double-play throw to first base. He got a hold of one in the seventh inning, but the liner went straight to the center fielder, leaving him 1 for 4 with three RBI in Game 1.


Mike Napoli wants to stay in Boston


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli told reporters after Game 5 of the American League Championship Series that he would like to play in Boston next season. Napoli owned a .259/.360/.482 slash line with 23 homers and 92 RBI in his first season with the Red Sox.

He's expected to become a free agent at the end of the postseason.

"I'm not worried about that right now, and I don't think (the Red Sox) are right now," Napoli said, per the Boston Herald. "We're trying to win a championship. I want to be here. I love it here. It's a great situation, great city, the fans are awesome. It's been awesome. I mean, I want to be here, but we'll worry about that later."


Mike Napoli homers in three-hit performance in Game 5


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2013) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli began the scoring Thursday with a 460-foot home run and added two more hits in his team's 4-3 win over the Tigers in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

Napoli has feasted on Tiger pitching in Detroit, going 6 for 12 with two doubles and two home runs in Games 3, 4 and 5. He's just 1 for 10 in four games at home during the postseason, where the Red Sox will face the Tigers in Game 6 Saturday.


Mike Napoli breaks scoreless tie with HR


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2013) Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli changed the outcome of Game 3 of the American League Championship Series against Detroit with one swing of the bat.

Napoli took Tigers' ace Justin Verlander deep for a solo home run in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie. He finished 1 for 4 with one run scored and one RBI in a 1-0 victory. He has only three hits in 21 postseason at-bats.