The Red Sox negotiations with Mike Napoli have taken a turn for the worse following the medical review, but all signs still point to the deal getting done.
The ongoing saga of the Boston Red Sox and Mike Napoli has been one the more interesting stories this off-season.
Then the standard medical review showed issues with his hip and the Red Sox asked for language to be included in the contract to protect them should this issue cost him time. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe,
With the information about the hip issue out there, Cafardo believes
Such clauses are something the Red Sox have secured regularly in the past, including clauses in Jason Bay's deal concerning his knees and in J.D. Drew’s contract concerning his shoulder. The most notable such clause gave
If the past is any indication, the Red Sox are not likely to lower their offer, but rather insist on either extra time at a low cost or the ability to opt out of part of the deal should this pre-existing condition result in a major injury.
Cafardo also notes that while