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Mike Napoli | First Baseman | #32

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 17 (0) / LAA
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Indians "likely won't keep" Mike Napoli.
Cafardo notes that manager Terry Francona "basically said that Napoli deserved to be in a major league camp so he can audition for other teams." It's an interesting situation in that the Indians appear to be kind of doing Napoli a solid here even though he's unlikely to make their roster, barring injury. Napoli hit just .193 last season for the Rangers while playing through a torn ligament in his right hand, though he did crank 29 home runs. Mar 4 - 10:55 AM
Source: Boston Globe

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Mike Napoli will debut for the Indians in Cactus League play on Sunday against the Brewers.

Napoli will bat sixth and serve as the designated hitter in his return to the Indians. He'll function as a bench bat and part-time first baseman and designated hitter for the Tribe this time around.
Mar 3 - 1:27 PM

Indians signed 1B/DH Mike Napoli to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal was agreed to on Tuesday morning and then finalized Wednesday after Napoli arrived at Indians camp in Arizona and passed the necessary physical. The veteran slugger posted a career-worst .193 batting average and .713 OPS in 124 games last season with the Rangers, but he did still manage to slug 29 home runs. He'll serve as a bench bat and part-time first baseman and DH in his return to Cleveland.
Feb 28 - 9:59 AM

The Indians have signed Mike Napoli to a minor league contract, reports Jordan Bastian of

The deal is pending a physical. Napoli posted career-lows with a .193 batting average and a .713 OPS, but he still showed some pop with 29 homers. Keep in mind that he did that while playing through a torn ligament in his hand. Still, the 36-year-old ended up having to settle for a minor league pact. He'll provide depth between first base and the DH spot in his return to the organization.
Feb 27 - 10:10 AM's Mark Feinsand reports that talks between the Twins and Mike Napoli "aren’t as intense as being reported" and there's "nothing even close to imminent."

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that the two sides were in "serious talks," but Feinsand hears that while the Twins like Napoli, nothing is close to getting done. The fit makes sense, as Napoli shouldn't cost much and gives the Twins a designated hitter candidate and occasional fill-in at first base. Napoli had surgery earlier this offseason to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, but he should be fine for spring training.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 07:05:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins are in "serious talks" with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

La Velle E. Neal III and Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune mentioned on Sunday that the Twins have been in contact with Napoli, but apparently talks are progressing. The 36-year-old doesn't figure to cost much after a disappointing season where he posted career-lows with a .193 batting average and a .713 OPS. However, he also slugged 29 homers while playing through a torn ligament in his right hand. He underwent surgery after the season. Napoli would give the Twins a proven option for DH and a backup at first base.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 11:42:00 AM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins are still interested in free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

The Twins are lacking in right-handed power options and veteran leadership, so he's seemingly a great fit for the club, and should come at a discount relative to the rest of the first base market. The Mets have also expressed interest.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 07:59:00 PM

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Mets and Twins are showing interest in Mike Napoli.

Fraley points out that Napoli has connections to both franchises in general manager Thad Levine with Minnesota and manager Mickey Callaway with New York. He would give the Twins a designated hitter option and offer protection for Dominic Smith at first base. Napoli is 36 and batted only .193/.285/.428 in 2017, but he did sock 29 home and was playing through a torn ligament in his right hand, which he had surgically-repaired.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 11:18:00 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Mets manager Mickey Callaway has been in touch with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli to gauge his interest.

Napoli played with the Rangers this past season, but he knows Callaway from his time in Cleveland in 2016. The 36-year-old could make sense as an insurance policy or platoon partner for young first baseman Dominic Smith. Napoli socked 29 homers this past season, but he had career-lows with a .193 batting average and a .713 OPS. He underwent surgery after the season to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, which provides a partial explanation for the poor production.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:55:00 PM

Rob Bradford of reports that Mike Napoli recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand.

Bradford says that Napoli played through the injury for the duration of the 2017 season. The veteran first baseman hit 29 home runs for the Rangers but batted only .193/.285/.428 overall for a career-low .713 OPS. It's unclear how long the rehab will take for Napoli, who turned 36 a month ago.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 03:12:00 PM

Tampa Bay Times writer Marc Topkin expects "mutual interest" between the Rays and free agent Mike Napoli.

The Rays are a wild card this offseason, with the possibility to move any and every player on their roster for the right price. Napoli could interest the club as a veteran leader on a team that could soon be devoid of veteran leadership, Topkin asserts, and would also fit on the field and in the lineup with first baseman Logan Morrison now departed as a free agent. It's unclear what the 36-year-old Napoli's market may look like after he hit 29 homers but batted .193/.285/.428 overall this past season with the Rangers.
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:06:00 PM

Rangers declined 1B/DH Mike Napoli's $11 million club option.

The Rangers already informed Napoli about their decision, but it's now official. The 36-year-old will receive a $2.5 million buyout and hit the open market. Napoli slugged 29 homers in 124 games this past season, but he hit just .193 with a .285 on-base percentage.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 03:13:00 PM

According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have informed Mike Napoli that they will not exercise his $11 million club option for 2018.

Napoli will receive a $2.5 million buyout and hit free agency. The soon-to-be 36-year-old batted just .193 with a .285 on-base percentage in 124 games this season with Texas, though he did slug 29 home runs. He'll likely struggle to find lucrative offers on a market that will be flush with DH/1B types.
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 05:25:00 PM

Mike Napoli (leg, ankle) said he doesn't expect to play again this season.

Napoli hasn't appeared in a game since September 14 due to a stress reaction in his lower right fibula and the Rangers have officially been eliminated from postseason contention. The veteran first baseman holds an $11 million club option (or $2.5 million buyout) for the 2018 campaign.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 01:26:00 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Bannister acknowledged on Friday that Mike Napoli (ankle) may be relegated to pinch hit duty for the remainder of the season.

Napoli is unable to man first base defensively due to the stress reaction in his right fibia, so he isn't expected to play much over the final few weeks. Fantasy owners in deep leagues that have been relying on his power production will have to look elsewhere.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 08:06:00 PM

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