Sources: Red Sox players urged front office to up Mike Napoli offer
|12.06.13 at 11:20 pm ET|
As Friday unfolded, word trickled throughout numerous players on the Red Sox roster that Texas had interest that was going to be too good for Napoli to refuse. (Note: according to one source, the Rangers never actually ever made a formal offer.) The Sox had been sticking at two years at what was believed to be at $15 million per season.
With a decision looming, a significant number of the Red Sox players reached out to both Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell, urging the team to enhance its offer to the first baseman.
The message seemingly was valued, both by the Red Sox and Napoli.
The Sox upped their offer to $16 million per year, while the player (according to multiple sources) saw the interest from his teammates as another reason to remain in Boston.
Latest from Bleacher Report
- Weekly Notes: Red Sox win GCL title, Castillo debuts
- ESPN Boston: Farm clubs faring well
- Cup of Coffee: Rusney Castillo debuts, PawSox clinch wild card
- Red Sox acquire infielders Jemile Weeks and Ivan De Jesus
- Cup of Coffee: Haley, Light dominate, GCL takes game one
- Cup of Coffee: Wilkerson keeps rolling, GCL wins semifinal
- Cup of Coffee: Gonzalez leads combined no-hitter in DSL Playoff opener
- Cup of Coffee: Asuaje leads Salem to doubleheader split
- Players of the Week, 8/18-24: Brian Johnson & Mike Miller
- Cup of Coffee: Speier helps GCL Sox clinch division title