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Mike Napoli | First Baseman

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Mike Napoli (finger) is back in the starting lineup Thursday against the White Sox.
Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger Tuesday after jamming his hand against the second base bag on a head-first slide, but he managed to avoid a more serious injury. He'll bat cleanup Thursday against Chris Sale. Apr 17 - 4:44 PM

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Mike Napoli (finger) is not in the Red Sox starting lineup Wednesday night against the White Sox.

Napoli suffered a dislocated left ring finger Tuesday after jamming his hand against the second base bag on a head-first slide. He's expected to avoid the disabled list but may need a few more days off. Daniel Nava is starting at first base Wednesday in Chicago.
Apr 16 - 4:10 PM

Mike Napoli has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ring finger.

That much could be seen by looking at the gruesome picture of Napoli's finger after he slid into second base following a ninth-inning wild pitch. However, the good news is that X-rays on the finger came back negative, and the first baseman is being listed as day-to-day. Mike Carp will handle first if Napoli has to sit out a day or two.
Apr 16 - 12:00 AM

Mike Napoli left Tuesday's game against the White Sox after appearing to dislocate his left ring finger on a slide into second base.

Napoli advanced to second on wild pitch, sliding in head-first but coming up with his finger pointing in the wrong direction. If it's just a dislocation, it's possible he can avoid the disabled list. If it's a fracture, a DL stint will obviously be required. Mike Carp would figure to take over at first base while Napoli is sidelined.
Apr 15 - 11:25 PM

Mike Napoli belted a solo homer off Ivan Nova in a losing effort against the Yankees on Sunday night.

Napoli finished the night 2-for-4, also doubling. He’s off to another very strong start at the plate this season, slashing .300/.386/.520 with three homers and nine RBI.
Apr 13 - 11:16 PM

Mike Napoli went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers.

Napoli is swinging the bat well, batting .364 through eight games. His numbers over the past two seasons haven't matched his 2011 output, but he is still a good bet to hit 20-plus homers with 75-plus RBI.
Apr 8 - 9:40 PM

Mike Napoli had a two-run homer and a two-run single to lead the Red Sox past the Orioles 6-2 on Wednesday.

The two-run single came after David Ortiz was intentionally walked to get to him in the seventh. It was Napoli's 18th career four-RBI game. Seven of those have come in his 141 games with the Red Sox.
Apr 2 - 10:08 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI versus the Twins on Saturday.

Napoli is heating up at the right time, with five hits and two homers the last three days. He hit just .188 in his first 48 at-bats of the spring.
Mar 29 - 4:28 PM

Red Sox re-signed 1B Mike Napoli to a two-year, $32 million contract.

As it turns out, Napoli is lucky his hip condition forced the Red Sox to back out of their originally agreed to three-year, $39 million deal last winter, as he'll now earn a total of $45 million over those three years. Napoli proved that his hip was not an issue in 2013, batting .259/.360/.482 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI while playing surprisingly good defense at first base.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 06:42:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Mike Napoli agreed to take less money to return to the World Champion Boston Red Sox.

Napoli had at least one other offer on the table, believed to be from the Mariners, Rangers or Marlins who had all expressed interest in the slugger's services. Even at $16 million per season, he represents a nice bargain for the Red Sox on a two-year deal.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 09:32:00 PM

Sean McAdam of CSN New England reports that Mike Napoli's agreement with the Red Sox is for two years and $32 million.

The deal was first reported by Rob Bradford of WEEI. It's a nice raise for Napoli who earned just $5 million on a one-year pact from the Red Sox in 2013 after hip issues caused his original deal to fall through. Napoli will continue to function as the Red Sox primary first baseman, but unfortunately for most fantasy formats will no longer possess his catcher eligibility.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 09:28:00 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that Mike Napoli has reached an agreement to return to the Red Sox.

No word yet on the specifics of the contract, but it had been reported earlier in the day that talks were at a "critical stage" and that the Red Sox needed to either match or exceed the offer that was on the table. The 32-year-old thrived in his first season in Boston, slashing 259/.360/.482 with 23 home runs and 92 RBI in 139 games.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 09:16:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners have had "recent conversations" with Mike Napoli.

Morosi's colleague, Ken Rosenthal, indicated earlier Friday that it might be down to the Red Sox and Rangers for Napoli, with the Marlins on the outside looking in. It appears the Mariners are now serious players, though, as they look to supplement the lineup around Robinson Cano. Napoli could be used at either first base or the DH spot.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:35:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mike Napoli talks are in a "critical stage," with the Red Sox needing to match or exceed a current offer he has on the table.

The Rangers and Marlins are both also pursuing Napoli, but Rosenthal says, not surprisingly, that Texas is the bigger threat. All things being equal, Napoli would prefer to remain in Boston, but it sounds like the Rangers are offering more money right now. The 32-year-old will land a multi-year deal this winter after having to settle for a one-year pact last offseason when questions arose about his hip condition.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 11:55:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers are interested in Mike Napoli.

They already have Prince Fielder at first base, but the Rangers envision Napoli being used in the DH spot and also at first base. Rosenthal also notes that Napoli "remains a priority" for the Red Sox since they'll be losing some offense going from Jacoby Ellsbury to Jackie Bradley in center field. The 32-year-old should land a multi-year deal this winter after having to settle for a one-year pact last offseason when questions arose about his hip condition.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 10:46:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2David Ross
1B1Mike Napoli
2Mike Carp
2B1Dustin Pedroia
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Jonathan Herrera
3Brock Holt
LF1Grady Sizemore
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Shane Victorino
2Daniel Nava
DH1David Ortiz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Clay Buchholz
3John Lackey
4Jake Peavy
5Felix Doubront
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Koji Uehara
2Edward Mujica
3Junichi Tazawa
4Craig Breslow
5Burke Badenhop
6Andrew Miller
7Chris Capuano
8Steven Wright