Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/11/12
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, 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. Free-agent outfielder Shane Victorino, who also agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox, is scheduled to take his physical Wednesday and hold his introductory news conference Thursday, sources said. Napoli, who has played in mor...
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