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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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Jordan Bastian of MLB.com 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. Dec 6 - 11:38 AM

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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.
Dec 6 - 8:53 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.
Dec 5 - 8:09 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.
Nov 30 - 7:30 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.
Nov 23 - 6:32 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.
Nov 23 - 10:56 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.
Nov 20 - 8:10 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.
Nov 20 - 12:30 PM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Mike Napoli is drawing interest from National League clubs as a full-time first baseman.

Napoli enjoyed arguably his best offensive season in 2016, setting career-highs with 34 HR and 101 RBI. Unfortunately he had a subpar year on defense, committing a league-high 13 errors at first base. Despite his declining play at first, teams are apparently viewing Napoli as more than just a DH. Napoli turned 35 last month.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 19 - 5:24 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Mariners are showing early interest in free agent Mike Napoli.

The Mariners could use an upgrade at first base and Morosi notes that Napoli has a good history with manager Scott Servais dating back to his time with the Rangers. The Indians didn't give Napoli a qualifying offer, but they remain interested in retaining him. The 35-year-old socked 34 homers with 101 RBI in 150 games this past season.
Nov 8 - 1:41 PM

Mike Napoli will not get a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer from the Indians.

And neither will free agent outfielder Rajai Davis. Napoli tallied a whopping 34 home runs and 101 RBI in 150 games this past season for the Tribe, but he struggled down the stretch and into the playoffs and the Indians were probably right to think that he might accept that $17.2 million sum. Granted, he's a more attractive free agent now without a tie to draft pick compensation. Napoli, 35, should find multi-year deal in the $30-45 million range.
Nov 7 - 2:17 PM

MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports that the Indians are expected to make Mike Napoli a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer.

Napoli hit all of incentives to make his contract this year worth $10 million, but it would obviously be a nice raise should he choose to accept the qualifying offer. He certainly earned a pay bump after batting .239/.335/.465 with 34 homers and 101 RBI for the Tribe this season. He just turned 35 and having a qualifying offer attached to him figures to hurt his market, so Napoli's best bet might wind up being to take the offer from the Indians.
Nov 4 - 1:41 PM

Indians general manager Mike Chernoff said Tuesday that he would like to re-sign Mike Napoli this winter.

Napoli produced 34 home runs and 101 RBI in 150 regular-season games for Cleveland after signing a bargain one-year, $7 million free agent contract over the winter. "We have a desire to have him here, and my sense is that he has a desire to be here," said Chernoff. "That's something we'll have to address once the World Series is over." There will probably be a healthy market among AL teams for the 35-year-old slugger.
Source: ESPN.com
Nov 1 - 7:50 PM

Mike Napoli is not in the Indians' lineup Saturday for Game 4 of the World Series against the Cubs.

The Indians experimented by putting Carlos Santana in left field for Game 3 but tonight he'll spell Napoli at first base. With no DH in the National League, it was likely one of them would have to sit at some point. Here's the rest of Cleveland's lineup for Game 4 at Wrigley: Rajai Davis LF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor 2B, Carlos Santana 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Roberto Perez C, Tyler Naquin CF and Corey Kluber P.
Oct 29 - 4:05 PM

Mike Napoli had an RBI double and a solo homer Monday in the Indians' ALCS Game 3 victory over the Blue Jays.

Napoli entered the night having gone hitless in his last 25 at-bats against right-handed pitching dating back to the regular season, but he got to Marcus Stroman with a two-bagger in the first inning and then hit a long homer against him in the fourth. The first baseman became the fifth player in baseball history to go deep for four different teams in the postseason.
Oct 17 - 11:47 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Guillermo Quiroz
5Erik Kratz
1B1Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
7Edwin Escobar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Kyle Crockett
7Edwin Escobar
8Joseph Colon
9Cody Anderson
10Adam Plutko
11Shawn Armstrong
12Austin Adams
13Perci Garner
14Hoby Milner