CBS Sports:

The Red Sox have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, according to’s Jon Heyman. The deal, which contains performances bonuses, was first reported by WEEI’s Rob Bradford.

Napoli initially agreed to sign a three-year, $39 million deal in early December, but the team discovered an issue with his hip during his physical. It took the two sides more than a month to hammer out a new contract.

We wouldn’t have minded if the Yanks staged a coup, beat Boston’s one-year offer, and taken the risk on the hip. But, we’re not sure what the protocol is when a team/player makes an agreement, the agreement is canceled due to medical reasons, and a new contract is drafted.

Regardless, the Stewart/Cervelli era is still set to commence!