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Report: Hip issue holds up Napoli deal

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A hip problem is keeping the Boston Red Sox from finalizing a deal on a three-year, $39 million contract with Mike Napoli, according to a report.

Red Sox general manger Ben Cherington told Fox Sports that the team is "working through some issues" with Napoli. An agreement was reached 18 days ago, but the Red Sox could be trying to rework the deal in light of the news about the hip, which likely was discovered during a physical.

The hip was enough of a concern that Seattle decided not to pursue Napoli during the offseason, MLB Network Radio reported. The Texas Rangers also might have backed off re-signing the catcher-first baseman for a similar reason.

Napoli, 31, hit .227 with 24 homers and 52 RBI for the Rangers in 108 games last season.
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