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Red Sox trying to close Mike Napoli deal

The Red Sox are trying to work through some issues that have prevented them from formalizing a new deal with Mike Napoli, according to a major league source, but nothing is resolved yet.

It seems like for days now the Red Sox have been on the verge of an announcing that Napoli had been signed to a three-year, $39 million deal, but none has come.

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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.

The delay had given rise to speculation that there was a snag, which FoxSports.com speculated on Tuesday night.

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.

Shane Victorino, who agreed to a similar deal as Napoli, was scheduled to come into Boston from his home in Hawaii on Wednesday for his physical.

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