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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
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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

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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 MLB.com 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

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Rangers and free agent first baseman Mike Napoli are "progressing" in talks.

The two sides have been linked for several weeks now, but they have yet to hammer out an agreement. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News speculated last week that the club could sign Napoli when pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February 14, and it appears that we could be headed in that direction here. It's worth noting that February 14 is the first day the Rangers could clear a spot on the 40-man roster by placing Prince Fielder (neck) and Jake Diekman (colon surgery) on the disabled list. Napoli would provide a nice boost in the middle of the order and take over starting first base duties. The 35-year-old established new career-highs with 34 homers and 101 RBI last season with Cleveland.
Feb 7 - 11:23 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News believes the Rangers could sign free agent first baseman Mike Napoli when pitchers and catchers report to spring training on February 14.

That's the first day the Rangers can place players on the disabled list. Moving Jake Diekman (colon surgery) and Prince Fielder (neck surgery) to the DL would open up a pair of roster spots, allowing the Rangers to sign Napoli without designating anyone for assignment. After signing Andrew Cashner, Carlos Gomez and Tyson Ross to relatively affordable deals this offseason, Grant estimates that the Rangers should have about $7-10 million left to spend on Napoli. It's just a theory but Napoli has history with the Rangers—he's played for them twice—and has kept in touch with Texas throughout the offseason. The 35-year-old set career-highs in both home runs (34) and RBI (101) while playing for Cleveland in 2016.
Feb 1 - 9:29 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports speculates that the Twins could be a mystery team in the hunt for free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

Twins' general manager Thad Levine announced Friday that the club was looking to add some veteran leadership through free agency. With a void at designated hitter, Napoli seems like a perfect fit to fill that void. He also has a good working relationship with Levine from their time together in Texas. The 35-year-old clubbed a career-high 34 home runs and eclipsed the 100-RBI plateau for the first time (101) as he helped to lead the Indians to the American League pennant in 2016.
Jan 27 - 7:55 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times passes along word that the Rays have checked in on Mike Napoli.

With the Rays trading Logan Forsythe over to the Dodgers, they could use an additional right-handed bat. Napoli fits that bill. The Rangers have been the team most heavily linked to the veteran slugger this offseason. Napoli cracked 34 homers and drove in 101 runs in 2016.
Jan 25 - 4:08 PM

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

T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Robinson Chirinos
3Brett Nicholas
4Brett Hayes
5Steven Lerud
1B1Mike Napoli
2Ronald Guzman
3Josh Hamilton
2B1Rougned Odor
2Drew Robinson
3Doug Bernier
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
2Will Middlebrooks
LF1Jurickson Profar
2Ryan Rua
3Travis Snider
CF1Carlos Gomez
2Delino DeShields
3Jared Hoying
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Cesar Puello
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
2Joey Gallo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Cole Hamels
3Martin Perez
4Andrew Cashner
5A.J. Griffin
6Tyson Ross
7Mike Hauschild
8Dillon Gee
9Allen Webster
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Sam Dyson
2Jeremy Jeffress
3Matt Bush
4Jake Diekman
5Tony Barnette
6Keone Kela
7Alex Claudio
8Tanner Scheppers
9Eddie Gamboa
10Nick Martinez
11Jose Leclerc
12Andrew Faulkner
13Wesley Wright