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Mike Napoli | First Baseman | #5

Team: Texas Rangers
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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Mike Napoli hit his third home run of the season in a win over the Royals on Saturday.
Napoli smacked an Ian Kennedy offering over the board for a solo homer in the second inning. It ended up being his only hit in four at-bats on the night. That's been a theme for Napoli thus far in his Rangers reunion tour, as he's hitting just .162/.250/.324 through 18 games. He's still batting cleanup for the club, and assuming this is a slump he will break out of sooner than later, the 35-year-old has huge fantasy upside in that lineup and that ballpark. Apr 23 - 12:29 AM

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Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and a walk against the Angels on Wednesday.

Napoli is still hitting just .194 through 31 at-bats. The Rangers want him to be their cleanup man, but they'll likely eventually decide they have better options in that spot and drop Napoli down to sixth.
Apr 13 - 1:25 AM

Mike Napoli hit a solo home run, his first of 2017, in Saturday's loss to the Athletics.

The Rangers were at risk of being no-hit when Napoli stepped to the plate against A's starter Kendall Graveman in the seventh inning. He ensured they weren't on the wrong side of history but depositing Graveman's first pitch over the boards. It's been a slow start to the reunion tour for the 35-year-old, who has just two hits in his first 18 at-bats, but he should start parking more balls soon enough.
Apr 8 - 11:16 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-2 with a solo homer, a double, a walk, and two runs scored Monday against the Rockies.

Napoli has slugged three homers during Cactus League action with a .325/.378/.625 batting line. The 35-year-old faded down the stretch last year, but still ended up establishing new career-highs with 34 home runs and 101 RBI. There’s batting average risk here, but he’ll play half of his games in a great hitting environment during his third stint with Texas.
Mar 27 - 8:15 PM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with an RBI double as the Rangers fell to the Indians in Cactus League action on Friday.

Napoli pulled the Rangers to within a run of his former club with his run-scoring double in the third inning, but that would wind up being the extent of the scoring in the contest. He has had a nice spring thus far, hitting .296 (8-for-27) with a homer and six RBI. He makes for a nice late-round power option in fantasy drafts.
Mar 17 - 10:38 PM

Mike Napoli had an RBI single in the Rangers' Cactus League tie with the Cubs on Sunday.

Napoli plated Nomar Mazara with a poke to left field off Cubs closer Wade Davis in the bottom of the third inning. Texas signed the familiar veteran last month to a one-year, $8.5 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018. He'll be the Rangers' primary first baseman.
Mar 5 - 6:45 PM

Rangers signed 1B Mike Napoli to a one-year, $8.5 million contract with an $11 million club option for 2018.

Napoli will make $6 million in 2017 with a $2.5 million buyout on the option for 2018. Thus the $8.5 million guarantee. The contract was agreed upon earlier this month and then officially announced to the media after Napoli passed his physical on Wednesday in Rangers camp. The veteran first baseman looks like a great buy-low in his return to Texas after racking up 34 home runs and 101 RBI for the American League-champion Indians in 2016.
Feb 16 - 10:05 AM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Mike Napoli has passed his physical with the Rangers.

An official announcement of Napoli's signing is expected Thursday morning. The veteran slugger is set to make $6 million in 2017 with an $11 million team option for 2018. Should the Rangers not exercise that option, Napoli would be owed a $2.5 million buyout. Last season, he swatted 34 homers and notched 101 RBI while hitting to a .239/.335/.465 triple-slash across 557 at-bats. That was his first career season with more than 500 at-bats.
Feb 15 - 8:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports passes along word that the 2018 team option on Mike Napoli's contract with the Rangers will be worth $11 million.

Napoli is taking his physical on Wednesday. He is set to make $6 million in 2017. Should the Rangers pick up his 2018 team option, he would make $11 million for that season. If not, they will owe him a $2.5 million buyout. Napoli slugged 34 homers and drove in 101 runs with the Indians in 2016.
Feb 15 - 6:11 PM

Mike Napoli is scheduled to take a physical with the Rangers on Wednesday.

It will be the final step to finalizing his one-year, $8.5 million contract. This will be his third stint with the Rangers. Napoli should see the bulk of the starts at first base this season for Texas.
Feb 15 - 1:16 PM

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Rangers won't announce the signing of Mike Napoli until later this week.

Napoli still has to take a physical and that won't happen until he reports to Rangers camp in Arizona sometime within the next few days. Wednesday seems like a good guess for the official announcement. It's reportedly a one-year, $8.5 million contract with a club option for 2018.
Feb 13 - 2:50 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels would not confirm reports that the Rangers had reached a contract agreement with Mike Napoli.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported on Tuesday that Napoli had reached agreement to return to the Rangers, with ESPN's Jim Bowden passing along that the contract would be for one-year, $8.5 million with a team option for 2018. At least for the time being, Daniels is staying quiet. Said the general manager, "He’s been a player that we’ve talked to, but it’s a little premature for me to handicap anything specific there." The deal might not be announced officially until next week, when the Rangers will be able to free up a spot on the 40-man roster. That spot is currently being filled by the retiring Prince Fielder. Fielder technically remains on the roster in order to allow the Rangers to pick up disability insurance on his contract, but Texas could shift him to the 60-day disabled list when pitchers and catchers report to camp next Tuesday.
Feb 8 - 9:27 PM

Jim Bowden of ESPN hears that Mike Napoli's new one-year deal with the Rangers is worth $8.5 million and carries a club option for 2018.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News was first to report that an agreement was in place, and now the financial details are beginning to come out. It looks like a good buy-low for Texas on the surface. Napoli, 35, tallied 34 home runs and 101 RBI in 150 regular-season games last year for the American League-champion Indians. He previously played for the Rangers in 2011, 2012, and part of 2015.
Feb 7 - 8:42 PM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers and Mike Napoli have a deal in place.

No word yet on the specifics involved, but Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that the two sides were working on a one-year deal. Grant hears that a deal isn't expected to be made official until next week. The Rangers will have more flexibility with their 40-man roster at that time, as they'll have ability to move players to the disabled list. Napoli, 35, batted .239/.335/.465 with 34 home runs and 101 RBI last season with the AL champion Indians. He did not receive a qualifying offer, so he won't cost the Rangers a draft pick.
Feb 7 - 1:43 PM

According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "all signs point to" a reunion between the Rangers and free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

Wilson hears from two sources that a one-year deal is done. Meanwhile, two other sources tell him that talks are ongoing, but that a deal is close. Either way, it feels like a match is inevitable here. T.R. Sullivan of reports that it could be wrapped up as soon as Tuesday. This would be Napoli's third stint with Texas. The 35-year-old posted a career-best 1.046 OPS with the club back in 2011.
Feb 7 - 12:01 PM

Depth Charts

C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Joey Gallo
LF1Ryan Rua
2Jurickson Profar
3Delino DeShields
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Prince Fielder
Starting Pitcher
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
R1Matt Bush
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Sam Dyson
4Tony Barnette
5Jose Leclerc
6Alex Claudio
7Dario Alvarez
8Keone Kela
9Jake Diekman