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Red Sox In Reported Deal With Catcher Mike Napoli

By RONALD BLUM,  AP Sports Writer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A person familiar with the negotiations says catcher Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $39 million, three-year contract.

The deal is subject to Napoli passing a physical, which will take place later this week, the person said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.

A 31-year-old who also plays first base, Napoli hit .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs as the Texas Rangers won their second straight AL pennant in 2011, then slumped to a .227 average with 24 homers and 56 RBIs this year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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