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Napoli Returning to Red Sox Under Two-Year Deal

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

(WGGB) — One of the Red Sox biggest beards will be returning in 2014 to defend Boston’s World Series title.

First baseman Mike Napoli signed a two-year, $32 million deal with the Red Sox on Friday.

Napoli, 32, knocked in 92 runs on 23 home runs and 38 doubles for the Red Sox this season, finishing with a .259 batting average.

Despite hitting just more than .200 in the post season, Napoli contributed some big hits in key moments to propel Boston to their 8th World Series Championship. His seventh-inning home run was the difference in the Red Sox Game 3 victory in the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, which was a pivotal turning point in the series.

Many baseball writers considered Napoli a Gold Glove snub in 2013. He committed just 6 defensive errors in 131 games, which is 35 more games than he’s played in any single season of his 11-year MLB career.

Napoli confirmed the agreement through his Twitter account, attaching the picture and caption below.

Mike Napoli Tweet

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