I just read the Tim Brown baseball blog on Yahoo! It seems Boston and Mike Napoli have yet to finalize what seemed to be a 3-year, $39 million free-agent deal. It has been 33 days. And, according to Brown, it all comes down to an MRI that makes the Red Sox uncomfortable about guaranteeing $39 million to a hip condition that Napoli himself might not have been aware of. Napoli's agent is shrugging it all off, but the fact is that there's nothing signed. It also explains why the Red Sox are weighing a deal with Adam LaRoche that could cost them a high draft pick sent to the Nationals.
The Red Sox are re-examining the questions they asked themselves about why Texas never made a realistic offer to Napoli and what the Rangers may have known or suspected.
There were no details about the hip condition itself, but one hip condition that I remember well is the one that cut short Bo Jackson's athletic career.
And maybe they'll all come together next week and sign the deal.
No something doesn't necessarily have to be "really wrong"! There was nothing "really wrong" with Drew when he went through a simiar thing a few years ago - it took over 50 days to finalize his contract. Patience is just not a virtue of the information starved press and more than a few posters.
As someone already suggested it might be time for Napoli's agent to start looking for a new team. The Red Sox's don't want Nap. That's getting clearer as the days pass.
Not sure about that. They want Nap but on his their own terms which probably means a one year or two year deal with a required physical. As far as other teams are concerned there is so much negative speculative aura around Nap right now, that a one year deal is the most he could expect.
Nap has always known how to separate the business side (which he leaves up to Grieper) from the playing side. So even with all this wrangling he'll be happy to play for the Sox, and even a one year deal at 13 million sure beats sitting at home all summer.
When did I say I think he's going to produce? That's called putting words in my mouth.
I've said that I hope, or wish, for the 2011 version of PB, and I've said he was so much fun to watch run the bases, that he really cuts the corners when he runs the bases, that I enjoyed watching him make doubles out of singles.
What I have said is that he's a great or terrific defensive player and that he has great speed,and a great arm.
THAT he was still able to do, BTW, last season, bad hip and all.