Edes: Physical issues delaying Napoli deal

In a column posted on ESPNBoston.com, Gordon Edes sheds some light on what's preventing Mike Napoli from officially joining the Red Sox:

The Napoli deal is hung up by issues raised by his physical which are requiring that some of the contract language be reworked before his signing becomes official.

"We hope to be able to resolve the issues," said GM Ben Cherington, while not identifying Napoli by name. "We're working on it. There's no more I can say."

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