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Red Sox want to reduce Mike Napoli's deal to one year

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09:02 AM ET 01.12 | According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio (via twitter), the Red Sox want to reduce the three-year, $39 million deal with Mike Napoli to a one-year guarantee based on concerns about the catcher's hip. Bowden tweeted: Red Sox would like to shorten their deal with Napoli to one-year to make sure the hip will be ok for 2 or 3 seasons without a lot of DL time Napoli and the team agreed to the deal on Dec. 3. One week later, he underwent a physical in Boston that revealed concerns about his health. The Sox, according to GM Ben Cherington on the WEEI Red Sox Hot Stove Show on Thursday, continue to talk with Napoli, which suggests that the team is "hopeful of being able to do something but we just don't know yet. We'll see how it plays out."

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January 12, 2013  09:36 AM ET

Good idea. Let's see how one year with incentive???s works.

January 12, 2013  09:42 AM ET

I think they both need to move on at this point. I didn't see him as a viable answer anyway and signing him to one year doesn't make any sense.

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January 12, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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they're going to try and convince him to give up 25 mil?lolthat will be a fun watch

Now that every team out there knows he has a bad hip, where else is he gonna go?

Boston can very easily walk away. Napoli might be smart to take the guaranteed $13M. Obviously nobody out there had offered him anything better.

January 12, 2013  10:32 AM ET
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I think they both need to move on at this point. I didn't see him as a viable answer anyway and signing him to one year doesn't make any sense.

All the other options at 1B have moved on. The Red Sox must believe the hip won't be a problem in 2013, it's 2 or 3 years down the road that concerns them. A one year deal would be ideal for Boston, it would give them another year to address the position and be covered for 2013.

January 12, 2013  10:41 AM ET

Give him 5 years guaranteed, Red Sox style.

January 12, 2013  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Give him 5 years guaranteed, Red Sox style.

Whats up with the Pale Hose? Has Kenny Williams gone into hibernation this winter?

January 12, 2013  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Whats up with the Pale Hose? Has Kenny Williams gone into hibernation this winter?

He's moved into a bigger office and given the reigns to Rick Hahn, wunderkind GM. I actually like the fact they haven't thrown big money at this free agent class.

January 12, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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He's moved into a bigger office and given the reigns to Rick Hahn, wunderkind GM. I actually like the fact they haven't thrown big money at this free agent class.

I'll agree with you about this years free agents, but with the Tigers, Indians and even the Royals improving, don't you think they need do do something?

January 12, 2013  11:23 AM ET
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I'll agree with you about this years free agents, but with the Tigers, Indians and even the Royals improving, don't you think they need do do something?

I agree they need to do something, I just don't know what. The White Sox are better than the Royals and Indians still even though they've done nothing. I guess they resigned Peavy and signed Keppinger to play 3B, but something is missing in my opinion.

January 12, 2013  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

they're going to try and convince him to give up 25 mil?lolthat will be a fun watch

the red sox likely would invalidated their contract with napoli, then resign the catcher to a one year deal,, should napoli agree to it??? hard to tell from afar,,,

January 12, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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I agree they need to do something, I just don't know what. The White Sox are better than the Royals and Indians still even though they've done nothing. I guess they resigned Peavy and signed Keppinger to play 3B, but something is missing in my opinion.

its their catching spot been well covered??

January 12, 2013  11:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Give him 5 years guaranteed, Red Sox style.

the red sox had change their style this year,,,when it have to do with long term contracts,,,

January 12, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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its their catching spot been well covered??

We will find out if it has been. Tyler Flowers will be the starting C. Better defense than Pierzynski. Offense...not so much.

January 12, 2013  11:46 AM ET
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the red sox had change their style this year,,,when it have to do with long term contracts,,,

I personally can't tell what the Red Sox are trying to do. Napoli, Drew and Victorino aren't really the direction they should be going in, but then again I'm not their GM nor am I a fan.

January 12, 2013  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Give him 5 years guaranteed, Red Sox style.

I believe you're speaking of the former Red Sox style...and that would be one Theo Epstein...who just happens to reside where? The Edwin Jackson signing kinda went under the radar, no? 4 years, 52 million....for a guy who's 70-71 lifetime? I believe your post is mis-directed.

January 12, 2013  12:06 PM ET
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Now that every team out there knows he has a bad hip, where else is he gonna go?Boston can very easily walk away. Napoli might be smart to take the guaranteed $13M. Obviously nobody out there had offered him anything better.

Agreed....what I love about the narcissitic fan base is they're calling for Cherrington's head because this deal hasn't been consumated...and if he didn't perform due dilligence and signed the guy to 3 years, when he inevitably broke down, that same fan base would be pissing and moaning that Ben did indeed sign him for 3 years. Everybody is a better GM than Ben...it's so laughable. The best thing to happen to this team was 2012...maybe some of those pink hats will leave...

January 12, 2013  12:07 PM ET
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I believe you're speaking of the former Red Sox style...and that would be one Theo Epstein...who just happens to reside where? The Edwin Jackson signing kinda went under the radar, no? 4 years, 52 million....for a guy who's 70-71 lifetime? I believe your post is mis-directed.

I'm not a Cubs fan.

 
January 12, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

I believe your post is mis-directed.

I believe your post is misdirected and that you lack a sense of humor.

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