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Mike Napoli | First Baseman | #26

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (35) / 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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Despite signing James Loney to a minor league contract on Friday, the Rangers remain interested in a reunion with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.
With Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo finding homes this week, the list of probable landing spots for Napoli continues to dwindle. While he had been hoping for a multi-year deal, perhaps his best bet may be to take a one-year deal in the hitter-friendly environment in Texas and then hit the free agent market again next winter. Jan 20 - 9:34 PM

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T.R. Sullivan of notes that the Rangers remain interested in Mike Napoli.

It was reported in late December that the Rangers and Napoli were discussing a two-year deal, but there hasn't been much in the way of progress since. Sullivan hears that there's "no signs of a deal yet," but that could change quickly now that the list of impact bats is starting to get smaller. Chris Carter and Brandon Moss are among the alternative names on the free agent market.
Jan 19 - 7:12 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe believes a reunion between the Rangers and free agent Mike Napoli "could happen sooner rather than later."

The Rangers have long been the favorite for Napoli, though Cafardo says the Athletics, Orioles and Red Sox are still in the hunt. The Rockies have also been linked to Napoli but Cafardo considers them a "long shot." Napoli set career-highs with 34 HR and 101 RBI for Cleveland in 2016. The Indians have already signed Edwin Encarnacion to replace Napoli at first base.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 06:31:00 PM

T.R. Sullivan of reports the Rangers might be close to signing free agent first baseman Mike Napoli to a two-year contract.

He says both sides are eager to make this happen. No word yet on the money involved. Other teams are still interested in Napoli but the Rangers are actively negotiating with his agent. The Rangers have seemed like the most likely landing spot for Napoli after they missed out on Edwin Encarnacion. Texas badly needs a masher in the middle of the lineup after losing Ian Desmond, Carlos Beltran, and Mitch Moreland early in the offseason.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 09:57:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the marketplace for Mike Napoli has "intensified" since Edwin Encarnacion signed with the Indians.

It only makes sense that the market would fall into place once Encarnacion went off the board. We can rule the Indians out as a suitor now, but Morosi notes that the Rangers are one of multiple teams involved. Things are moving along now, but no deal is considered imminent. The 35-year-old Napoli reached career-highs with 34 homers and 101 RBI this past season while batting .239/.335/.465. He didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Indians, so he isn't tied to draft pick compensation.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 03:52:00 PM's T.R. Sullivan reports that it's a "strong possibility" that the Rangers sign Mike Napoli.

Sullivan notes that there's "no indication it is done," but negotiations between the two sides appear "hot." Texas is a natural landing spot for Napoli after they lost out on Edwin Encarnacion, as they have at-bats available at first base and in the designated hitter spot. It would be the third stint in Texas for Napoli, who hit .239/.335/.465 with a career-high 34 home runs and 101 RBI in 2016.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 02:16:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Rangers "are now considered front-runners" to sign Mike Napoli.

Texas lost out on Edwin Encarnacion, but they're a natural landing spot for Napoli now with potential openings both at first base and in the designated hitter spot. Napoli played for the Rangers from 2011-12 and for part of 2015 and is coming off a campaign where he batted .239/.335/.465 with a career-high 34 home runs and 101 RBI.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Jordan Bastian of reports that the Indians met with Mike Napoli's representatives on Monday.

The Indians are said to be trying for a one-year deal, but obviously Napoli's representatives are trying to do better elsewhere. Interestingly, Bastian hears that Napoli may have already signed with the Indians if they were willing to go two years. There's a chance that could still happen, but another team could jump into the mix to give him what he wants.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 11:38:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners continue to maintain a dialogue with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

There was a recent report indicating that one Mariners official didn't see Napoli as a fit for their roster, as they'd prefer to give Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base and pair him with Danny Valencia as a platoon partner, but they are apparently keeping an eye on things depending on how his market goes. The Indians remain interested in bringing him back while the Red Sox and Rangers are among the other possible fits.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 08:53:00 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Indians have "stayed in touch" with Mike Napoli.

But there seems to be a very healthy market for the 35-year-old free agent slugger, who tallied 34 home runs and 101 RBI for Cleveland in 2016. He struggled down the stretch and into the postseason, but Napoli figures to find a multi-year deal this winter at a nice price point. Count the Red Sox, Yankees, and Rangers among his other current suitors.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 08:09:00 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that "indications" point toward the Indians, Red Sox and Rangers showing the most interest in free agent Mike Napoli.

Napoli has played for all three squads in the last two seasons, as the Red Sox traded him to the Rangers during the 2015 campaign -- his second go-round with Texas. He spent 2016 helping the Indians to the American League pennant. Heyman hears that the Yankees and Astros are also contenders to sign the free agent slugger, though those two squads are viewed more as outside possibilities. Should the Red Sox sign him, Heyman speculates that they could shift Hanley Ramirez from first base to the now-vacated designated hitter spot long held by David Ortiz.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports relays that the Yankees have "called upon" free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

The Yankees are said to be intrigued by a number of free-agent bats, with Napoli among a lot that includes -- per Heyman -- Dexter Fowler, Matt Holliday and Brandon Moss. The Astros and Mariners have also been linked to Napoli in the early stages of free agency, though the Tacoma News Tribune's Bob Dutton reported earlier on Wednesday that at least one M's official does not see Napoli as a strong fit for the Mariners' roster.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 06:32:00 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune hears from one Mariners official that free agent slugger Mike Napoli "doesn’t fit" on their roster.

Multiple reports have linked the Mariners to Napoli, but the Mariners appear committed to giving Dan Vogelbach an opportunity at first base, likely with the recently-acquired Danny Valencia as a platoon partner. Nelson Cruz is already locked in as the primary designated hitter, so barring a change of plans with the other pieces, that wouldn't leave much room for Napoli. Then again, this is just one official's opinion and things could change depending on how the market develops. The Indians are interested in bringing Napoli back and the Astros reportedly have shown interest even after adding Brian McCann and Josh Reddick in recent days.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 10:56:00 AM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Astros have shown interest in free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

While the team is said to be in the market for a left-handed power bat, Napoli could play at both 1B and DH for the Astros and would provide much-needed veteran leadership. The 35-year-old was terrific in his lone season with the Indians, slashing .239/.335/.465 with a career-high 34 homers and 101 RBI.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 08:10:00 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reports that the Mariners are one of the many teams giving the Indians "serious competition" for Mike Napoli's services.

The Indians want to bring Napoli back, but it's not going to be easy following a 34-homer, 101-RBI season from the first baseman. The Mariners currently have Daniel Vogelbach pegged for first base and Nelson Cruz for the designated hitter spot, but they could move Cruz to the outfield and Vogelbach to DH to accommodate Napoli.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 12:30:00 PM

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