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Mike Napoli loved his two-plus years in Boston so much that he considered it home by his third season.

Napoli, of course, became quite the fan favorite to begin his Red Sox career as the first baseman proved instrumental to the team's World Series championship in 2013.

But 2013 felt like a long time ago midway through the 2015 season, when the Red Sox - Napoli included - struggled to perform up to their capabilities.

Out of playoff contention, the Sox traded Napoli to the Rangers, where he quickly became a clubhouse favorite over there, to no surprise.

It wasn't the way Napoli wanted things to end in Boston. But perhaps they haven't ended?

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox have had contact with Napoli. There aren't any other details aside from that, but we can be sure that if the Sox are interested in Napoli, the feeling is mutual.

Of course, the Red Sox currently have plans to play Hanley Ramirez at first base. They also have Travis Shaw capable of playing the position.

So it remains to be seen just how serious that interest in Napoli is.

Heyman reported that the Mariners, Indians, Pirates, and others expressed interest in Napoli.