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Mike Napoli | First Baseman

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Contract: view contract details

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Mike Napoli is "starting to get attention" on the free agent market.
Napoli batted just .224/.324/.410 overall this past season, but he had five homers with a .909 OPS in 35 games after being traded to the Rangers in August. The 34-year-old likely fits best as a platoon player at this point, but he has reportedly expressed a willingness to do some catching in order to improve his appeal in free agency. Nov 11 - 12:08 PM

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Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe hears that there's "some talk" about Mike Napoli willing to do some catching for the team that signs him.

Napoli hasn't done any catching since 2012, mostly because of a degenerative hip condition but also because he's simply not a good defensive backstop. However, it certainly could appeal to some clubs if he's able and willing to play the position even on a part-time basis. Napoli hit just .224/.324/.410 overall in 2015 but batted .295/.396/.513 in 35 games for the Rangers after being acquired via trade.
Source: Boston Globe
Nov 8 - 12:56 PM

Rangers general manager John Daniels said Friday that the club has interest in re-signing Mike Napoli this offseason.

The 33-year-old slugger excelled after coming over from the Red Sox, slashing .295/.396/.513 with five homers and 10 RBI in 35 games. He would provide a nice compliment to a left-handed heavy lineup, though it's unclear if he's willing to accept a part-time role.
Oct 16 - 8:22 PM

Mike Napoli homered and walked in his two plate appearances before being lifted Wednesday against the Tigers.

Napoli would have started this one against the lefty even if not for the left-field experiment, but since he was in left, he got pulled as soon as the Tigers put a righty in. He's currently batting .310 with five homers in 71 at-bats for the Rangers.
Oct 1 - 12:05 AM

Mike Napoli will start in left field Thursday against the Astros.

He's back in left field despite a right-handed starter, Lance McCullers, on the mound. Napoli has been hot recently, so Rangers manager Jeff Banister is sticking with what is working.
Sep 17 - 4:20 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run as the Rangers destroyed the Astros on Wednesday.

Napoli struck the big blow with a three-run home run in the Rangers' six-run first inning against Dallas Keuchel. The veteran was starting in left field for the third time but was removed for pinch-runner Will Venable in the fifth inning, and Venable took over in left field the next frame. Napoli is hitting .294 (15-for-51) with four home runs since joining the Rangers in early August.
Sep 16 - 11:01 PM

Mike Napoli is making his first professional start in left field on Sunday.

Napoli has never played the outfield in the majors or minor before, so this certainly comes as a surprise. He's hitting .279/.354/.512 with three homers in 20 games since landing with the Rangers.
Sep 13 - 12:22 PM

Mike Napoli went 0-for-3 with a walk in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

Shin-Soo Choo and Rougned Odor had the only hits in the game for the Rangers. Napoli did draw a free pass, but nothin' doing otherwise. Between the Red Sox and Rangers, the veteran slugger is hitting a paltry .211/.310/.394 with 15 homers and 43 RBI this season.
Sep 6 - 6:35 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as the Rangers defeated the Tigers on Sunday.

Napoli tacked on an insurance run, belting a solo home run to left field off of Blaine Hardy in the eighth inning. It's his second home run since joining the Rangers, though Sunday's start was only his fifth. The veteran is batting .214/.313/.402 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI this season, including his time with the Red Sox.
Aug 23 - 4:24 PM

In Wednesday afternoon's win over the Mariners, Mike Napoli hit his first home run since being traded from the Red Sox to the Rangers on August 7.

Napoli went back-to-back with Mitch Moreland in the seventh. Incidentally, Elvis Andrus followed up Napoli's shot with one of his own, as the Rangers achieved the rare feat of back-to-back-to-back bombs. The slugger is hitting a disappointing .210/.311/.394 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI between the Red Sox and Rangers this season.
Aug 19 - 5:10 PM

Rangers acquired 1B Mike Napoli from the Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Napoli heads back to Texas where he enjoyed some of the finest seasons of his career in 2011 and 2012, slashing .275/.379/.552 with 54 homers and 131 RBI in 221 games. With Prince Fielder and Mitch Moreland already on the squad, Napoli will likely be relegated to a platoon role, seeing most of his action against left-handed pitching.
Aug 7 - 8:20 PM

Rob Bradford of reports that the Rangers have acquired Mike Napoli from the Red Sox.

The return for the Red Sox has yet to be announced, but isn't expected to be much. The slugger has struggled this season, slashing .207/.307/.386 with 13 homers and 40 RBI. Presumably, he'll play primarily against left-handers.
Aug 7 - 7:24 PM

Mike Napoli slugged a two-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Friday's 7-5 win over the Rays.

Napoli took Jake McGee deep to the Monster Seats in the bottom of the seventh to give the Red Sox the lead. The veteran slugger hung around through Friday's trade deadline, but he's still a candidate to be moved in August. The 33-year-old is batting .210 with 13 home runs and a .704 OPS over 93 games this season.
Jul 31 - 11:03 PM

Mike Napoli had a homer, an RBI double and a walk Wednesday against the White Sox.

Napoli has very quietly gong 12-for-36 with two homers and five doubles in 11 games since the All-Star break. The Red Sox still aren't going to get much of anything for him if they trade him now, but he might look more attractive if he keeps this up for a couple of more weeks. In the meantime, those desperate for power in mixed leagues might want to give him a look.
Jul 29 - 11:48 PM

According to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune, the Pirates have shown interest in acquiring Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino from the Red Sox.

The Pirates continue to explore ways to upgrade their offense, even after the acquisition of Aramis Ramirez. While Napoli has struggled this season, he would make for a nice compliment to Pedro Alvarez at first base for the Buccos.
Jul 26 - 7:23 PM