Red Sox sign free agent catcher Mike Napoli

Former Texas Rangers star catcher Mike Napoli is heading to Boston, agreeing to terms on a 3 year – 39 million dollar deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.

13 million a season is pretty good for a 31 year old catcher that hit  .227 with 24 home runs in 108 games for the Rangers last season.

Napoli will be transitioned to play first base in Boston even though he has never played more than 70 games at first base. The season he did play the 70 games was in 2012 when the Angels’ Kendrys Morales fractured his leg in a freak accident and Napoli was pressed into duty as a replacement. Napoli will still have spot starts as catcher.

For comparison sake, Russell Martin signed a 2 year deal worth 17 million dollars with Pittsburgh. The best remaining catcher on the market is now A.J Pierzynski.

Napoli spent the last two seasons with the Rangers after spending the previous five with the Angels.

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