Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Sox to introduce Victorino; still no Napoli
The Red Sox announced they will hold a press conference Thursday at noon to introduce outfielder Shane Victorino, but still aren't talking about the status of Mike Napoli.
Victorino agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Sox, according to sources, on Dec. 4, one day after Napoli agreed to a deal with the same terms. The Red Sox haven't confirmed either deal because both were pending physicals. It seems safe to assume Victorino came through his OK, but we're left to wonder about Napoli.
Red Sox media relations director Pam Kenn told ESPNBoston.com on Wednesday afternoon that she had no new information regarding Napoli, which leaves us to speculate that something came up in his physical that concerned the team enough to delay the finalization of his contract.
Napoli was in town earlier this week and was still being examined Tuesday, according to a team source. The press conference to introduce Napoli was expected to be Tuesday, but the announcement never came.
Victorino was scheduled to undergo his physical with the Red Sox on Wednesday, according to a major league source.