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Red Sox are for some reason holding off on announcing Mike Napoli’s three-year, $39M deal

Dec 11, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

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Interesting stuff from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:

Could Mike Napoli‘s deal with the Boston Red Sox 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 agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox on December 3, then underwent his required pre-singing physical examination in the past couple of days. The guess here is that it didn’t go very smoothly. Napoli missed time in 2011-2012 with quad and oblique strains, and experienced some shoulder problems during the early part of his tenure with the Angels. He also injured his left ankle in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and Napoli’s agent Brian Grieper did not respond to Rosenthal’s requests for comment. You’d have to think there will be more information revealed in the near future.


UPDATE, 8:51 PM: A source clarified to Rosenthal that Napoli began taking his physical on Monday morning. So the deal should be announced by the end of this week if everything checks out fine.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Any physical that I have taken, did not require 2 days.

    • mf44srq - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      You weren’t getting $39 million dollars… 😀

    • Glenn - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      … or pre-singing.

    • neelyisgod - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Any thorough screening takes time. Most places now have a pre employment urinalysis done too.

    • sabatimus - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:02 PM

      Yesterday I make a joke about Napoli not passing his physical…I hope I wasn’t prescient.

  2. 13yrsmlbvet - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    The dude is a train wreck physically. You don’t pull a quad when you’re in shape. Guy can hit but can he stay healthy?

  3. Ari Collins - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Ben Buchanan Occams that one. He’s not necessarily right, but it does seem much more likely there wasn’t an actual issue. This is usually not how “failed a physical” stories come out.

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      Interesting link. A plausable story Ari.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      I’m not sure I buy the possible explanation of the issue with the 40 man roster. It looks like the Red Sox added Rosairo to their 40 man roster who they just claimed off waivers from the A’s on 12/10 yet they don’t have room on the roster for a guy they offered a contract to 3 or 4 days before that. It just seems like very odd timing if you ask me.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:56 PM

        When you claim someone, you have to immediately add them to the 40-man (or lose them to another claiming team). You don’t have to add a FA until you officially sign them.

      • uyf1950 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:13 PM

        Ari, all I’m saying is the Red Sox knew what their roster situation was when they scheduled the announcement. They also knew they were going to need a spot for him. Wouldn’t it make sense to clear a spot for him when they were going to make the announcement?
        I’m certainly no expert on the Red Sox players or the ones on their 40 man roster. But I find it hard to believe that they couldn’t remove someone from that roster (even if it wasn’t Rosairo) in time to make the announcement official when it was reported they were going to have it. That’s all.

  4. throughthewickets - Dec 12, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    So what we are basically saying is “Nap-no-pee”?

  5. trapper17 - Dec 12, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Beautiful now we can sign Hamilton and b done with these amateur signings then sign lohse c should have resigned youk but now we have to look at him in pinstripes omg I’m going to vomit .

  6. tcostant - Dec 12, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Stay away from Adam LaRoche!!!

  7. uyf1950 - Dec 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    If anyone here still thinks the hang up with Napoli’s contract is a matter of just clearing space on the 40 man roster they need to wake up. There is obviously something else going on here. Whether it’s something the Red Sox didn’t like in his physical or one of the parties involved got “cold feet” about the deal. The point is it’s not about clearing a roster spot before the Red Sox can announce the signing.

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