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Sources: Mike Napoli, Red Sox closer

Updated: January 16, 2013, 11:15 PM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

It's too early to say with absolute certainty that Mike Napoli will be playing for the Boston Red Sox this season.

There are still some hurdles to be cleared before Napoli and the Red Sox consummate an agreement, and one of those hurdles may be another physical.

But all signs Wednesday pointed to a resolution that will place Napoli in a Red Sox uniform in 2013, more than six weeks after the free-agent catcher-first baseman agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal with Boston.

That ...

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