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Napoli, Saltalamacchia will soon talk business

Napoli, Saltalamacchia will soon talk business

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BOSTON -- The one bittersweet part of any championship parade is that there are always pending free agents on hand.

Two of those players, Mike Napoli and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, were more than content to let business play out over the next few weeks. For them, Saturday was a day to completely soak it in.

It was the first World Series championship for both.

Napoli came to Boston as a free agent last winter, with questions about a hip condition.

However, it didn't seem to impact his play at all in 2013, and Napoli hopes to remain in Boston, where he quickly became a core player.

"[Playing in Boston] is great," said Napoli. "People here have been great. It's been fun. I'd like to stay here, but it is what it is. I'm pretty sure we're going to talk and go from there. We're going to enjoy this now."

Saltalamacchia has been with the Red Sox since July 31, 2010, and he has clearly felt at home in Boston. He's been one of the most active players in the community.

"I've just been enjoying this and I'm assuming things will pick up here soon," Saltalamacchia said. "I've said it all year long -- this is a great place to play. It's been a home for me for the past three or four years, and things are going to work out the way they're going to work out. We're just going to have to kind of sit and wait and see."

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne. Jason Mastrodonato is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jmastrodonato. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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