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08:10 AM ET 01.17 | The saga that has become Mike Napoli's contract in Boston may soon have its resolution. There are still some hurdles to be cleared before Napoli and the Red Sox consummate an agreement, and one of those hurdles may be another physical. But all signs Wednesday pointed to a resolution that will place Napoli in a Red Sox uniform in 2013, more than six weeks after the free-agent catcher-first baseman agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with Boston. That deal was taken off the table when Napoli, in the judgment of the team's medical staff, failed his physical because of a hip condition that never had surfaced publicly in his seven previous years in the big leagues, the first five with the Los Angeles Angels and the past two with the Texas Rangers.

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January 17, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Stanley, who wore #25 in Texas, will apparently wear #12 for Boston. I guess Boston is cutting his numbers.

January 17, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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I wonder if the $$$ will be cut, or the Bosox will be able to opt out if the hip becomes a problem?

I'm hearing it will only be a 1 year deal.

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January 17, 2013  10:03 AM ET

It's reported that a deal for 1 yr has been reached, but no financial terms are available.

January 17, 2013  10:13 AM ET

I guess they call that the A-Roid Hip Condition..... ;-)

January 17, 2013  10:52 AM ET
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It's reported that a deal for 1 yr has been reached, but no financial terms are available.

According to Jon Heyman, the new deal is worth $5 million plus incentives. Ouch, quite a drop off from $39M.

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January 17, 2013  10:59 AM ET

Glad that it's only one year. 3 years x 13 million seems a hefty price for a .220 hitter. I guess I'm not an optimist. Seems like I've heard that one about "his swing is made for Fenway" before.

January 17, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I wonder if the $$$ will be cut, or the Bosox will be able to opt out if the hip becomes a problem?

either way,,the red sox had signed napoli to a one year 13 millios deal,,
napoli refuse to play for rangers WHO were offering him more more money,
napoli explained that his playing time would had bee cut short, because he would be used as a utility player covering the spots in DH first base and the catcher position,,,all those spots are been taked by regular players,,,

January 17, 2013  11:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

It's reported that a deal for 1 yr has been reached, but no financial terms are available.

Logical decision is a 1 year deal at the same price, with team options for the next two years at the same price (i.e. the original deal) if his hip/health holds out.
He and his agent my not like the option decision being solely up to the Sox, but his negotiating leverage is very limited right now.

January 17, 2013  11:41 AM ET
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Glad that it's only one year. 3 years x 13 million seems a hefty price for a .220 hitter. I guess I'm not an optimist. Seems like I've heard that one about "his swing is made for Fenway" before.

well napoli would need to prove himself that indeed its fully healthy, and if napoli DO have a big season the outcome in the next 2014 season could increase his price in any deal,,,

January 17, 2013  11:44 AM ET
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According to Jon Heyman, the new deal is worth $5 million plus incentives. Ouch, quite a drop off from $39M.

napoli has something in his favor he can hit better in fanway park than in any other park,boston its aware about it and,the red sox DO expect him to become a gonzalez type player!!!

January 17, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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According to Jon Heyman, the new deal is worth $5 million plus incentives. Ouch, quite a drop off from $39M.

I guess he had no other choice or offers to show that his hip is okay enough to keep him off the DL.

January 17, 2013  11:45 AM ET
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According to Jon Heyman, the new deal is worth $5 million plus incentives. Ouch, quite a drop off from $39M.

the contract is about one year 12.9 millions deal,there is no more comments about who give in the red sox or the napoli agent,,,,

January 17, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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I guess he had no other choice or offers to show that his hip is okay enough to keep him off the DL.

the rangers were offering him about 14 millions per one year deal,but napoli refused because his playing time would be cut off,,,,does it means napoli cares about money more than playing time???

January 17, 2013  11:51 AM ET

this player DO wants to play in the whole regular sseason, if taking less money guarantee him more playing time then WHO cares about money??after all he needs to prove us wrong if he gets a toough good season35/90/300avg, things could be very interested at the end of the regular season,,,

January 17, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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Glad that it's only one year. 3 years x 13 million seems a hefty price for a .220 hitter. I guess I'm not an optimist. Seems like I've heard that one about "his swing is made for Fenway" before.

the agreement was done because the player CAN hit better in the red sox home, with that sayed the team and the player agree to give it at shot to their luck in both ends!!!

January 17, 2013  12:43 PM ET
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the agreement was done because the player CAN hit better in the red sox home, with that sayed the team and the player agree to give it at shot to their luck in both ends!!!

Well it seems like an okay deal for the red sox. I hope the guy tears up the league an gets a humongous contract in '14

 
January 17, 2013  12:52 PM ET

....my sources tell me that he is instead headed to the mariners...who as of yesterday need a veteran catcher to take some starts away from montero....napoli will proceed to absolutely destroy rangers at every opportunity, along with red sox and angels.....vengeance is mine says the nap.....

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