Mike Napoli calls sleep apnea surgery “one of the worst things I’ve ever (gone through)”

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Sean McAdam of CSNNewEngland.com shares the gory details about the painful facial surgery that Mike Napoli had earlier this offseason to help end his long battle with sleep apnea …

Napoli underwent the procedure – bimaxillary advancement – in November. Surgeon Dr. Leonard Kaban broke Napoli’s jaw in two places, then shifted his lower jaw forward to create a bigger airway. Though his trademark beard has grown back, Napoli’s profile is now noticeably different.

He spent two days in Mass. General’s intensive care unit and felt excruciating pain for more than another week. When he was released, he was limited to a liquid diet. He dropped considerable weight, which he only recently gained back.

“I still have some complications,” Napoli told McAdam. “I don’t have feeling in my lips or my chin, because they stretched out my jaw so far and all the nerves take time to come back. It can take up to a year. … It was probably one of the worst things I’ve ever (gone through), to tell you the truth. It was a brutal process.”

But he says he’s sleeping better and has felt much more energized during his offseason workouts.

Napoli appeared in only 119 games in 2014 for the last-place Red Sox, batting .248 with a .789 OPS, 17 home runs, 20 doubles, and 55 RBI. He hit .259 with an .842 OPS, 23 home runs, 38 doubles, and 92 RBI across 139 games in 2013. The 33-year-old first baseman is entering the final year of a two-year, $32 million deal.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.