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“The beard is coming back to Boston!!!” Napoli tweeted with an accompanying photo. “Couldn't be happier!!”
How badly did Napoli want to return to Boston? According to a source, it is believed he left three years and $39-$42 million on the table from the Rangers, his former club. Think about that one for a minute. An extra year and as much as another $10 million, and Napoli walked away.
When Dustin Pedroia signed an 8-year, $110 million extension with the Red Sox this summer, we all wondered how much Pedroia shortchanged himself in order to remain a Red Sox. Now we know by how much. After Robinson Cano agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Seattle Mariners today, the difference between the two deals is $130 million.
And you know something? Pedroia doesn’t seem to have any regrets. He’s with the team he wants to be with, he has more money than he’ll ever need, and he’s happy. His reaction to the Cano signing was an indication of that.
“Couldn’t be happier for him and for us," Pedroia wrote in a text. "We don’t have to face him 19 times a year.“