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Today's links include stories on the new, one-year Mike Napoli deal, a honest, open letter to Josh Beckett and Theo's thoughts on what surfaced from Francona's book.
Forty-five days after agreeing to terms on a three-year, 39 million dollar contract, Mike Napoli agreed to a one-year, five million dollar, revised contact that is teemed with incentives. Here's an explanation on how the two sides settled on latter. (Marc Normandin; SB Nation)
No doubt there's a plethora of questions surrounding the new Napoli deal. Alex Speier answers most prominent one: What should we make of the deal? (Alex Speier; WEEI.com)
Theo Epstein decided to react to the recently-released excerpts of Terry Francona's book. He contests all claims made about him, John Henry, Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino. (Gordon Edes; ESPNBoston)
PawSox broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith has earned the lustrous promotion to the big leagues, at the unprecedented age of 29. Read about his five-year rise from unpaid intern in the Cape Cod league to partner of long-time Mariners radio broadcaster Rick Rizzs. (Larry Stone; The Seattle Times)
Here's a quality question that is rarely heard or seen: How well did current major league hitting coaches perform when they played? (Carson Cistulli; FanGraphs)