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Report: Mike Napoli signs with Red Sox

Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers stands

Mike Napoli #25 of the Texas Rangers stands on the field during Game Five of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 4-2. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty Images, 2011)

Ask and you shall receive, David Ortiz.

Three days after the slugger said the Red Sox needed to add “thunder” to their lineup, Boston signed power-hitting catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli to a three-year, $39 million contract, according to Jon Heyman. The deal is pending a physical.

Napoli spent the first five seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Angels before hooking on with the Texas Rangers in 2011. He's hit at least 20 home runs each of the last five seasons, mashing a career-high 30 in 2011.

Napoli, who has a career .259 average and hit .320 in 2011, slipped to a .227 average in 2012, though he did hit 24 home runs. He's started 485 career games at catcher and 118 at first base, but given his defensive deficiencies and the Red Sox catching logjam, he may see more time at first base in Boston.

The Sox already signed catcher David Ross this offseason and had incumbent Jarrod Saltalamacchia on the roster along with prospect Ryan Lavarnway.

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