Found January 18, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
PLAYERS: Mike Napoli
TEAMS: Boston Red Sox
Mike Napoli and the Red Sox will finally touch pen to paper on a new contract soon, sources told ESPN Boston on Thursday. Napoli and the Sox have reportedly agreed on a one-year, $5 million contract with incentives that could reward Napoli with a $13 million payout in 2013. This news comes nearly two months after it was initially reported that the Red Sox had signed the free agent catcher/first baseman to a three-year, $39 million deal. That agreement reportedly hit a snag when Sox physicians became concerned about a hip condition that has never publicly surfaced in Napoli’s seven seasons in the majors. Seems like a pretty smart restructure for the Red Sox, as the one-year deal secures an everyday, power hitting first baseman but also protects the club from a long-term commitment with a player they’re obviously not convinced can stay healthy for multiple seasons. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington has yet to confirm the deal with Napoli but said he’d have something to announce “hopefully soon, but it won’t be in the next couple of days.”

Napoli, Red Sox closer to agreement (but for real this time)

The latest from the story that won't die comes from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, who says that the Sox and Mike Napoli have made progress to the point that something is expected to be finalized next week. But that doesn't mean it's done: Napoli is said to be talking to a couple other American League teams but the Red Sox are clearly heavily involved and may be the focus...

Mike Napoli has signed with the Red Sox (for real this time!)

It's over! It's finally over. The Red Sox & Mike Napoli have finally settled on a contract. That worry about Casey Kotchman possibly starting for us? GONE. EVERYBODY REJOICE.  According to WEEI's Rob Bradford: According to a major league source, the Red Sox and Mike Napoli have reached an agreement on what is believed to be a one-year deal. So we get Napoli...

Napoli, Red Sox complete 1-year deal

Finally. More than one month after initially agreeing to a three-year, $39 million contract, Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox have come to terms on a one-year deal that will pay him $5 million, according to a major-league source. The initial deal was nullified when a health concern arose as part of Napoli's physical exam. Incentive clauses in the contract could allow Napoli...

Mike Napoli’s Reported Deal Heightens Injury Concern, But Could Be Red Sox’ Best Offseason Move

Signing Mike Napoli looked like it was going to be the Red Sox’ first big move of the offseason. Seven weeks and a few transactions later, signing Napoli might be the Red Sox’ last big move of the offseason. If it is, it’s Ben Cherington‘s best work. While the Red Sox began to take some heat from those insisting the club should explore other first-base options, Cherington...

Report: Red Sox, Napoli discuss one-year deal

Mike Napoli's deal with the Boston Red Sox might be shrinking. The free agent catcher/first baseman and the team are closing in on a one-year contract, according to Napoli and the Red Sox agreed to terms on a three-year, $39 million deal last month at the winter meetings, but the contract was never signed, reportedly because the 31-year-old veteran failed his...

Mike Napoli and Red Sox Agree to One-Year Deal

It seems Mike Napoli will be a member of the Boston Red Sox after all.  He and the team seemingly reached a three-year deal earlier in the offseason, but hip problems revealed during his physical put the deal on hold.  After weeks of discussion, the two sides inched closer to a one-year deal yesterday, and it became a reality today. Robert Bradford of broke the news...

Red Sox Have Made ‘Progress’ With Mike Napoli, Although Deal Not Yet Official (Video)

It seems very likely that Mike Napoli will be playing for the Red Sox in 2013. Speaking before the Red Sox Town Hall on Thursday, Ben Cherington would not confirm the reports that the Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with the veteran slugger, but he did seem very optimistic that something could be announced before long. Cherington acknowledged that the Red Sox have made progress...

Report: Mike Napoli, Red Sox ‘Have Made Progress,’ Situation Could Be Resolved by Next Week

It’s been more than seven weeks since reports surfaced stating that Mike Napoli was Boston bound, but we might actually have a resolution relatively soon. According to’s Jon Heyman, Napoli and the Red Sox have made progress and continue to try to work out an agreement after the original three-year, $39 million deal hit a snag. Multiple reports have indicated that...

Report: Mike Napoli, Red Sox Agree to One-Year Deal

After weeks of waiting, it appears that the Mike Napoli saga is about to come to a close. The Red Sox and Napoli have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to’s Rob Bradford. Originally, it was reported that the team had signed the first baseman/catcher to a three-year deal worth $39 million. However, apparent issues on a physical prevented the Red Sox from making...

Report: Red Sox, Napoli Agree To One-Year Deal

Back on December 3, 2012, the Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli had agreed to a three-year deal worth $39 million. Over time as the Red Sox signed other players, the team never officially announced the deal. It turned out there had been problems with Napoli's physical and the Red Sox wanted to renegotiate his contract. 45 days later, it looks as though that's finally...

Red Sox, Napoli Finalizing One Year Deal

After almost a month after originally agreeing to a three year deal, the Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli have agreed to a restructured one year, $5 million deal, according to WEEI.  Napoli and the Red Sox initially agreed to a three year, $39 million deal in early December, but, after a physical, the Red Sox noticed some red flags on Napoli's nagging hip. After more than...

Report: Napoli to sign one-year deal with Red Sox

Catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli will sign a one-year, $5 million contract with the Boston Red Sox, ESPN reported Thursday. The deal could reportedly jump to $13 million due to incentives. Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract earlier in the offseason but the deal was off because he failed his physical. The two sides reportedly agreed to shorter terms. The Texas...

Red Sox & Napoli making progress

The Boston Red Sox and free agent Mike Napoli initially had a three year contract in place, a deal that is pretty much voided now because of health concerns. Even so the player and team continue to talk and work towards a new deal. Jim Bowden of ESPN is reporting that the two teams are making significant progress towards a new, one-year deal. The Red Sox and Mike Napoli have nothing...

Transaction Analysis: Something in the Way He Throws by R.J. Anderson

Matt Harrison gets a big payday, the Red Sox and Mike Napoli reach a new agreeement, and Peter Moylan is a Dodger.

Ben Cherington Not Ruling Out Bringing in Experienced Pitcher, But Likes Red Sox’ Internal Options (Video)

The Red Sox’ roster is taking shape with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to spring training in less than a month. But general manager Ben Cherington isn’t ruling out adding some pieces between now and then. Cherington said before Thursday’s Red Sox Town Hall that he’s looking at some bench options, specifically a left-handed bat who can play both the outfield and...
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