The Red Sox had reportedly made contact with former Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, who had a brief stint in Boston back in 2009. Now, Napoli is reportedly talking with at least one other team besides the Red Sox, according to a report by WEEI’s Rob Bradford. However, any other interested parties have not extended Napoli a formal contract offer.
Though the same basic framework of a three-year, $39 million contract is reportedly still on the table, negotiations between the Red Sox and Napoli seem to have hit a snag over information from Napoli’s physical examination, specifically the catcher/first baseman’s hip. The remaining issues between the two parties may be due to language protecting the team in Napoli’s contract.