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Mike Napoli’s hip condition caught early, should heal

Jan 26, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

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Mike Napoli lost out on a three-year deal due to a diagnosis of avascular necrosis. But Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports that the condition was caught early and is not supposed to get worse over time. Indeed, his doctor says Napoli “has a very good chance that that hip will heal and he’ll go on to a long productive career.”

That may make Napoli feel a little better, but he’s still out $34 million in guaranteed money after the diagnosis.

  1. uyf1950 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Based on the reported incentives Napoli should have absolutely no problem earning at least $10 to $11MM of the $13MM total deal for the 2013 season. Even the entire $13MM is not out of the question unless Napoli’s hip really goes bonkers.

    • Glenn - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      Quite true, in fact if he is on the active roster for 165 days this season, all incentives automatically kick in and he gets the full $13 million.

  2. chacochicken - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    I’d guess his agent used this information when negotiating terms of the contract but I have a hard time believing he couldn’t find a better deal on another team.

  3. BigBeachBall - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    N othing
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  4. hitdog042 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    Chicken it’s not about the deal for Napoli. He said he wanted to play in Boston and turned down more from Texas. Some players believe it or not just want to play where they want to play.

  5. takavl - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    With treatment and medication, Nap’s hip will indeed go on to be in TBSOHL…

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