Originally written January 12, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
The Boston Red Sox reached a three-year agreement with free agent slugger Mike Napoli early in December, but the club would like to shorten the commitment to one-year in order to ensure the first baseman/catcher will be healthy enough to play for another two or three seasons, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN. 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 — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 11, 2013 Following the Red Sox reported agreement with Napoli, an official announcement was delayed. It was then reported that contract talks stalled after Napoli’s physical revealed a hip condition. Considering the presence of the hip condition, the Red Sox now appear to be rethinking their long-term commitment to Napoli. Bowden notes that Boston wants to try the slugger out for one season in order to get an idea if he’ll require significant stints on the disabled list over the next two or three years. Napoli has battled injuries throughout his career, as he’s only registered more than 400 at-bats once in his seven seasons at the major league level. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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