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Napoli's $39M deal with Red Sox hits snag

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08:10 AM ET 12.12 | Could Boston's Dec. 3 deal with Mike Napoli's somehow be in jeopardy? The Red Sox anticipated introducing Napoli at a news conference Tuesday, according to major-league sources, but did not go forward with the event. Napoli, 31, reached agreement with the Red Sox on Dec. 3 on a three-year, $39 million free-agent contract, pending a physical. Initial reports from ESPN.com and the Providence Journal said that Napoli's physical was scheduled for last Wednesday, with an announcement expected at week's end. Napoli, according to a source, actually underwent the physical more recently. His deal, however, is still not official. Neither Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington nor Napoli's agent, Brian Grieper, responded to requests for comment.

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December 12, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Yea, they found out their paying him too much!

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December 12, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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Am I crazy, or is that Mark Bellhorn shown on the teaser for the "They Also Served" article on si.com instead of Todd Walker?It's a very similar pose to one from the cover of an '04 SI with Bellhorn's autograph that I snagged at auction after the WS win.

You are good! And yea, I believe you are right.

Nice try, interns!

December 12, 2012  09:28 AM ET

The snag is...."are we really gonna pay this guy all this money".....

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December 12, 2012  09:43 AM ET

The devil is in the details.

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December 12, 2012  10:11 AM ET

The man has had some injury issues in recent years.

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December 12, 2012  10:36 AM ET

Who is this Snag guy and why do the Red Sox want to hit him?

December 12, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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Who is this Snag guy and why do the Red Sox want to hit him?

Probably a donut-eating Boston Globe reporter.

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December 12, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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I'll bet some of those guys have maple frosting and coffee instead of blood in their veins.

I know I do.

December 12, 2012  11:21 AM ET

For me?

Caffeine yes. As they say, mathematicians (one of my academic paths) are people who turn caffeine into theorems.

Frosting? It's all yours, along with the bacon. Enjoy!

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December 12, 2012  11:32 AM ET
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excuse me Bishop, but it's Brotha68's job to post excesively bland comments.

I was actually waiting for a follow up thread from alacran.

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December 12, 2012  11:38 AM ET
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I'll give you a teaser then; "Boston much money has spent on talent of average ability with owie-syndrome problems."

I have my Google Translate ready to go.

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