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A newly acquired Red Sox player usually comes to Boston for a physical and officially signs the contract. Then, the player is introduced at a Fenway Park press conference.
It seems like for days now the Red Sox have been on the verge of an announcement that Mike Napoli has been signed to a three-year, $39 million deal, but none has come.
The delay has given rise to speculation that there's a hang-up or snag which FoxSports.com speculated on Tuesday night.
No Red Sox official, or Napoli himself, has returned text messages on the subject.
It was confirmed that Napoli did come in for a physical so perhaps it's just a matter of a doctor clearing the deal. Is there something they need to double-check? Napoli suffered from a quad injury last season. He's also had shoulder surgery in the past.
Globe: Napoli deal slow to complete
All signs are pointing to the Sox being concerned with one of the few injuries that Napoli has had over the years. It's not surprising considering how most of the time they are overly concerned with protecting themselves from injuries. It's why they have John Lackey signed for the veteran minimum for 2015 and why Jason Bay didn't have a longer tenure in Boston. The only time they didn't seem to worried was when they brought in Adrian Gonzalez, who was fresh off of shoulder surgery.
Does this mean they'll try and re-negotiate with Napoli? It's unlikely since the Sox are desperate to have at first. It could mean they have to get a quality backup at first as a plan B. It could also explain why the Sox are still interesting in Nick Swisher, who has some experience at first.
It's not panic time yet. If this continues for the next couple of weeks then we can start getting concerned, but this is all just the Sox front office doing their due diligence.
Globe: Youkilis, Yankees agree to deal | Herald: Catch to Napoli signing? | CSNNE: Sox still interested in Swisher? | Youk heads to the Yankees | WEEI: Trade Jacoby | Sox still interested in Swisher | Yankees agree to deal with Youk
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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...
Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal on the first day of the winter meetings. Nine days later, the signing still hasn't been announced officially. Multiple media outlets reported that Napoli was in Boston this week for a physical exam, but the team has yet make any statements regarding his status. Fox Sports, citing an unnamed source...
Shane Victorino was introduced to Red Sox Nation on Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park. While the new outfielder handled himself very well, speaking and acting like he’d been in the franchise for years, he made it no secret that he’s giddy to join the Sox and play at Fenway.
“The tradition that this place holds, coming to Fenway — I always said Fenway was one of my favorites...
Shane Victorino has had the privilege of playing on some winning teams. He’s also had a chance to perform on the big stage within a big baseball market. Boston, however, offers something unique.
Victorino, who was introduced at a news conference on Thursday, said that he’s “beyond ecstatic” to join the Red Sox. The veteran outfielder said he’s often asked which ballpark...
According to a report from FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Boston Red Sox deal with free agent catcher Mike Napoli may have hit some snags and the deal could be in jeopardy. Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox press conference to introduce Mike Napoli was supposed to have happened Tuesday, but no such press conference took [...]
The Reds are trying to round out their roster, the Tigers are searching for another starter, and Mike Napoli might not join the Red Sox after all.
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Ryan Dempster on a two-year contract worth 26.5 million, two people familiar with the negotiations said Thursday.
Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would not comment on Dempster at a news conference to announce the signing of outfielder Shane Victorino. "We're engaged with a pitcher. That'...
To this point in the offseason, the Red Sox have filled some holes in the outfield, infield and the bullpen. Ben Cherington has said that the team continues to try to find starting pitching, but have yet to make any major trades or signings for it. The market for starting pitching has dropped off [...]
Free agent starting pitcher Ryan Dempster is seeking a three year contract this offseason, having already rejected two year deals from at lest three teams. One of those teams is the Boston Red Sox, although talks have once again heated up, with Dempster possibly reconsidering his stance at insisting on teams adding a third year to any deal.
Dempster will turn 36-years-old during...
A few weeks after current Pawtucket Red Sox manager Arnie Beyeler was named first base coach for the Boston Red Sox, the Pawsox reportedly have tabbed former Angels shortstop and Lowell Spinners manager Gary DiSarcina as their new skipper for 2013 campaign. The news of the hiring was first by Maureen Mullen, a Red Sox [...]
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The Boston Red Sox are closing in on a deal with free-agent pitcher Ryan Dempster, a baseball source told ESPN.com. Dempster turned down a pair of two-year offers worth between $25 million and $26 million from the Red Sox and Royals last week, the source said, and was believed to be seeking a third year. The 35-year-old Dempster had logged at least 200 innings for the Cubs from...
With their outfield bolstered through the signings of Johnny Gomes and Shane Victorino, the Red Sox have turned their focus to strengthening their pitching staff. On Thursday, the Sox reached a two-year, $26.5 million deal with right-handed starting pitcher Ryan Dempster.
According to ESPN’s Gordon Edes, Dempster turned down a two-year, $25 million offer last week from the...
The Boston Red Sox are engaged in “serious discussions” with
veteran right-hander Ryan Dempster, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Source: #RedSox, Dempster in serious discussions. No deal yet; still possible he could sign elsewhere.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2012
Rosenthal adds that no deal has been agreed upon and there’s