January 24, 2013

Major League Notebook: Napoli can cash in if healthy

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Mike Napoli has two ways to boost his income with the Boston Red Sox to $13 million this year: stay on the active roster for at least 165 days or get 625 plate appearances with at least 120 days on the roster.

Napoli and Boston reached a $39 million, three-year agreement Dec. 3, subject to a physical. After doctors detected a hip condition, the sides finalized a one-year deal Tuesday guaranteeing $5 million and allowing him to earn $8 million in bonuses.

Napoli would get the full $8 million for 165 days on the active roster, not including the disabled list.

If he doesn't achieve that, a second set of bonus opportunities kicks in: $500,000 each for 30, 60, 90 and 120 days on the active roster; $500,000 apiece for 300, 235, 350 and 375 plate appearances; and $1 million each for 400, 475, 550 and 625 plate appearances. 

DIAMONDBACKS: Arizona and shortstop Chris Pennington avoided an arbitration hearing by reaching a two-year, $5 million contract agreement. 

SAMMY SOSA thinks he and fellow steroid-tainted star Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame.

Slammin' Sammy also said the Chicago Cubs should retire his number, and he left open the possibility of running for president of the Dominican Republic during an interview on the website Ustream.com.

Asked if he thinks he or McGwire belong in the Hall, Sosa said: "I think so."

"I'm not going to come here and say anything that is going to jeopardize my future," he added. "But definitely time will determine everything. Right now whatever it is, it is. I am not (somebody who) is going to go out there and say anything I don't want to say. I'm waiting for my time. ... I don't like controversy. Definitely time will determine everything."

Sosa, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens were denied entry to the Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility. 

PHILLIES: Delmon Young has some incentive to lay off the desserts: He can earn $600,000 based on his weight this season.

Young's $750,000, one-year contract allows him to earn an additional $2.75 million in bonuses.

The deal for the ALCS MVP calls for him to get on a scale on six occasions to be chosen by the team.

He'll receive $100,000 each time he makes weight. 

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