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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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According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have informed Mike Napoli that they will not exercise his $11 million club option for 2018.
Napoli will receive a $2.5 million buyout and hit free agency. The soon-to-be 36-year-old batted just .193 with a .285 on-base percentage in 124 games this season with Texas, though he did slug 29 home runs. He'll likely struggle to find lucrative offers on a market that will be flush with DH/1B types. Oct 17 - 5:25 PM

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Mike Napoli (leg, ankle) said he doesn't expect to play again this season.

Napoli hasn't appeared in a game since September 14 due to a stress reaction in his lower right fibula and the Rangers have officially been eliminated from postseason contention. The veteran first baseman holds an $11 million club option (or $2.5 million buyout) for the 2018 campaign.
Sep 27 - 1:26 PM

Rangers manager Jeff Bannister acknowledged on Friday that Mike Napoli (ankle) may be relegated to pinch hit duty for the remainder of the season.

Napoli is unable to man first base defensively due to the stress reaction in his right fibia, so he isn't expected to play much over the final few weeks. Fantasy owners in deep leagues that have been relying on his power production will have to look elsewhere.
Sep 15 - 8:06 PM

Mike Napoli (ankle) struck out in his only two plate appearances in his return to the lineup Thursday.

It was Napoli's first start since Sunday, as he's been bothered by an ankle injury. The Rangers were trailing big in this one, so they pulled Napoli after two unsuccessful trips to the dish. He should be fine moving forward.
Sep 15 - 8:12 AM

Mike Napoli (ankle) remains out of the Rangers' lineup for Wednesday's game against Seattle.

Napoli won't start, but T.R. Sullivan reports that he will be available for pinch-hit duties if necessary. Joey Gallo will get the start at first base and bat fifth.
Sep 13 - 4:55 PM

Mike Napoli (ankle) remains out of the Rangers' starting lineup on Tuesday.

Napoli has been bothered recently by some discomfort in his right ankle, though an MRI taken this week showed no structural damage. Ryan Rua is starting at first base for the Rangers on Tuesday night against the Mariners. Napoli took pregame batting practice and could be available off the bench.
Sep 12 - 5:59 PM

Mike Napoli didn't play Monday due to lower body soreness.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News speculates that Napoli could be out for a while. The Rangers called up Willie Calhoun on Tuesday and he figures to get a real chance for at-bats between left field and the DH spot.
Sep 12 - 11:33 AM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-5 and belted a three-run homer in a win over the Astros on Wednesday.

His fourth-inning blast off ace starter Dallas Keuchel essentially put the game out of reach as it capped off a six-run frame. Napoli doesn't get many hits but when he does they tend to make a difference in the ballgame. He owns a paltry .195 batting average with 28 home runs and 63 RBI in 113 games on the season.
Aug 30 - 11:09 PM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Napoli unloaded for a solo home run off Troy Scribner in the fourth inning, his 27th home run of the season. The veteran slugger is on track to record back-to-back 30-homer campaigns for the first time in his career.
Aug 25 - 1:02 AM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run and a two-run double in Saturday's 17-7 win over the White Sox.

Napoli revved up his big night with a two-run double in the third inning. He topped himself one inning later, when he launched a three-run home run to make it a 12-5 game. The Rangers trailed 5-0 heading into the bottom of the first before they exploded with a huge comeback effort. For the campaign as a whole, veteran slugger Napoli is slashing .199/.281/.452 with 26 homers and 59 RBI over the course of 103 games played. He has homered three times in his last four games.
Aug 20 - 12:43 AM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a two-run bomb and two runs scored in a loss to the White Sox on Friday.

He took starter James Shields deep with a runner aboard to give the Rangers a short-lived lead in the fourth inning. He walked and scored another run later in the contest. Napoli has a putrid .197 batting average but makes up for it somewhat with 25 taters and 54 RBI.
Aug 19 - 12:49 AM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI as the Rangers beat the Tigers 10-4 on Tuesday.

Napoli has been dreadful, but for better or worse, the Rangers don't believe they have any better options than to play him. The homer tonight was his 24th, but that's come with a .198 average and a 132/34 K/BB ratio in 347 at-bats. He's at 51 RBI, putting him on pace for 70 for the season. That shouldn't cut it for a first baseman with a sub-.300 OBP.
Aug 15 - 11:59 PM

Mike Napoli hit his 23rd home run of the season in Saturday's win over the Astros.

Napoli has oscillated between decent and not-so-decent months at the dish this year, hitting just three homers in April and June while socking eight apiece in May and July. It stands to reason that August might be another slow month, and the fact that his first homer of the month came on August 12 lends credence to the idea. Of course, for those who don't believe in things like "good months" or superstitions, disregard all that and focus on this: overall, the 35-year-old is hitting a disappointing .199/.284/.440 on the year.
Aug 13 - 1:52 AM

Mike Napoli went 1-for-4 with a double and three strikeouts in Thursday's win over the Twins.

The double was Napoli's 10th of the season. The veteran slugger has hit 22 homers and driven in 48 runs while working to a lopsided .202/.281/.445 triple-slash in 92 games this season.
Aug 4 - 12:36 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Mike Napoli is "one name starting to gin up interest."

Passan notes about Napoli that "teams love him in the clubhouse," and it doesn't hurt that he's been red-hot in July. The 35-year-old is making $6 million this season and the Rangers have a $11 million club option (or $2.5 million buyout) on him for 2018.
Jul 28 - 3:23 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Brett Nicholas
3A.J. Jimenez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Joey Gallo
2Adrian Beltre
LF1Delino DeShields
2Ryan Rua
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Nomar Mazara
2Drew Robinson
DH1Shin-Soo Choo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Martin Perez
3Andrew Cashner
4Miguel Gonzalez
5A.J. Griffin
6Chi Chi Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jose Leclerc
2Alex Claudio
3Keone Kela
4Matt Bush
5Jason Grilli
6Tony Barnette
7Jake Diekman
8Ricardo Rodriguez
9Austin Bibens-Dirkx
10Nick Martinez
11Nick Gardewine
12Yohander Mendez