Red Sox officially sign Mike Napoli for 1 yearthe associated press | January 23,2013BOSTON — Mike Napoli has signed a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox after a multiyear deal fell through because of health concerns.
The $5 million contract signed Tuesday includes possible bonuses that could raise its total value to $13 million. Napoli, a catcher-first baseman, originally agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract at last month’s winter meetings, subject to a successful physical. But that wasn’t finalized after the team became concerned about the condition of his hip. Napoli spent the past two seasons with the Texas Rangers after playing his first five for the Los Angeles Angels. He batted .227 last year with 24 homers and 56 RBIs and was chosen for his first All-Star game.
The Red Sox also designated right-hander Chris Carpenter for assignment.
Mariners to induct Griffey into team
Hall of Fame
SEATTLE — Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame as its seventh member.
The Mariners announced the induction Tuesday. Griffey’s ceremony will take place Aug. 10 before the Mariners face the Milwaukee Brewers.
Griffey spent 13 of his 22 seasons in the majors with the Mariners. He was drafted by Seattle in 1987, made his debut at the major league level two years later and went on to have one of the finest careers in baseball history.
Griffey finished with 630 home runs — sixth all-time — and was a 13-time All-Star and the 1997 American League MVP.
After time in Cincinnati and Chicago, Griffey returned to Seattle in 2009-10, his final game coming on June, 2, 2010.
DeRosa signs 1-year deal
Mark DeRosa has agreed to a $775,000, one-year contract with Toronto, giving the Blue Jays more infield and outfield depth as they try for their first playoff berth since 1993.
DeRosa gets a $750,000 salary this year under Tuesday’s deal, and the Blue Jays have a $750,000 option for 2014 with a $25,000 buyout.
The 37-year-old hit .188 with five doubles and six RBIs in 48 games last season for the Washington Nationals, playing all four infield positions and both corner outfield spots.
He has a .270 average with 93 homers and 458 RBIs in 15 seasons with Atlanta (1988-04), Texas (2005-06), the Chicago Cubs (2007-08), Cleveland (2009), St. Louis (2009), San Francisco (2010-11) and Washington.
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