The Boston Red Sox are still hopeful to work out a contract with Mike Napoli, as long as the two sides can come to an agreement on how the language will read in terms of Napoli’s injured hip, but they are also keeping tabs on Adam LaRoche in case the deal with Napoli falls apart.
Napli’s hip injury is the biggest issue holding up the deal as of now, with a three year contract worth $39 million already being in place. That part has been agreed to for quite some time, but Boston wants to protect itself in case Napoli’s hip issue turns out to be a bigger problem in the future. The Red So have put similar language in the contracts of J.D. Drew and John Lackey in the past, as they do not wish to be on the hook for a contract of a player who is damaged goods before the deal expires.