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When a team hands out a big contract, they want a player that can consistently produce. Mike Napoli does not fit that description.
Napoli signed a three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox this winter (h/t Associated Press via the Washington Post).
While Napoli has proven that he can hit for power, he has not been able to hit for a consistent average throughout his career.
The veteran catcher hit a career-best .320 in 2011, but that was sandwiched in between two seasons where his batting average was .238 and .227, respectively.
Napoli also has not been much of a run producer. While he hit 30 home runs in 2011, Napoli only drove in 75 runs on a stacked Texas Rangers team. That number dropped to 56 last season.
All things considered, Napoli is not close to being worth the $13 million a year that the Red Sox invested in him.