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Mike Napoli | First Baseman | #26

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 17 (0) / LAA
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Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Mets.
Napoli notched RBI singles in the sixth and seventh innings to help the cause. Somewhat quietly, the 34-year-old now has a nine-game hitting streak going, with two homers, three doubles, six RBI and eight runs scored in that span. He's hitting .286/.342/.543 overall. Apr 16 - 8:26 PM

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Mike Napoli went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Wednesday's win over the Dodgers.

While Napoli is hitting a strong .367 (18-for-46) with four homers this spring, buyer beware. The usual caveats apply for the veteran slugger in fantasy drafts. Napoli has played in more than 120 games just twice in the past two seasons and has failed to hit the 20-homer mark in either 2014 or 2015. Add on a lifeless batting average, just for good measure. Buyer beware, indeed.
Mar 30 - 7:22 PM

Mike Napoli was scratched from the Indians' Cactus League lineup Monday with the flu.

It shouldn't keep him out for more than a day or two. Napoli is 14-for-30 with three home runs and 11 RBI through 12 games this spring in the Cactus League.
Mar 21 - 2:41 PM

Mike Napoli went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in Wednesday's loss to the Angels.

Napoli remains a tantalizing power hitter. Wednesday's solo homer was his third dinger of the spring. While he still looks great when he connects, Napoli has not reached 100 games played in either of the last two seasons and his last 20-homer season came in 2013. Fantasy owners hoping to take advantage of the sometime-power should be sure to have depth at first base. There has been little evidence of late that the veteran slugger can stay on the field for a whole season.
Mar 16 - 6:46 PM

Mike Napoli slugged his second home run of the spring Sunday in the Indians' loss to the Brewers.

It was a first-inning two-run shot off Brewers starter Chase Anderson. Napoli also singled against Anderson in the bottom of the third. The veteran first baseman is off to a nice start this spring and could carry sneaky fantasy value this summer if he manages to stay healthy.
Mar 13 - 6:54 PM

Mike Napoli finished 2-for-3 in the Indians' 4-4 tie with the Reds on Wednesday in Arizona.

Napoli grounded out to third base in his first at-bat, but he singled through the left side of the infield in the fourth inning and then scored on a Jesus Aguilar double. Napoli added another single off Reds right-hander Ryan Mattheus in the top of the sixth. The veteran slugger signed a one-year, $7 million contract with Cleveland back in December and should see regular starts this summer between first base and DH.
Mar 2 - 6:32 PM

Indians signed 1B Mike Napoli to a one-year, $7 million contract.

The Pirates and Red Sox, among others, had been linked to Napoli before he signed with the Indians. He turned 34 in October, but still offers his fair share of power. And health concerns. And a lack of average. Between the Sox and Rangers in 2015, the slugger hit .224/.324/.410 with 18 homers and 50 RBI. Injuries limited him to 133 games played. He's cracked more than 135 games in a season just twice (2010, 2013).
Jan 5 - 1:33 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians have signed Mike Napoli to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the deal is worth $7 million, with $3 million in additional incentives. Napoli, 34, had a .734 OPS with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 133 games this past season between the Red Sox and Rangers. He could handle first base duties and shift Carlos Santana to the DH spot.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 01:36:00 PM

According to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates have interest in Mike Napoli.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman suggested on Monday that this might be a fit. Pittsburgh non-tendered Pedro Alvarez last week and immediately began the search for a new starting first baseman, meeting with the Rangers about a possible Mitch Moreland trade and exploring the possibility of signing Dae Ho Lee out of South Korea. Napoli, 34, had a .734 OPS with 18 home runs and 50 RBI in 133 games this summer between Boston and Texas. He should come relatively cheap.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 06:38:00 AM

Mike Napoli has had "some contact" with the Red Sox, per Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman lists the Mariners, Indians, Rangers, and "maybe Pirates" as some other possible suitors for Napoli. The 34-year-old first baseman batted just .224/.324/.410 overall in 2015, but he finished strong once he was moved to Texas in early August. He should be able to find a two- or three-year deal in free agency this winter.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 10:51:00 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates have interest in Mike Napoli.

There are at-bats to be had at first base for the Pirates after they non-tendered Pedro Alvarez. Napoli makes some sense, although they already have Michael Morse as an option from the right side of the plate. Heyman lists the Marlins and Astros as other potential fits for Napoli.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 12:42:00 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com on Thursday that the club "may not have the right spot" to re-sign free agent Mike Napoli.

Napoli was a force for the Rangers down the stretch in 2015, batting .295/.396/.513 with five home runs in 91 plate appearances, but he had a pretty rough year overall. The 34-year-old profiles best as a first baseman and DH at this point in his career and Texas is covered at both of those spots between Mitch Moreland and Prince Fielder.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 03:52:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 12:08:00 PM

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
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 12:56:00 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.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 08:22:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Mike Napoli
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Juan Uribe
LF1Michael Brantley
2Jose Ramirez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Rajai Davis
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Marlon Byrd
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Cody Anderson
5Josh Tomlin
6Trevor Bauer
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Zach McAllister
4Jeff Manship
5Dan Otero
6Ross Detwiler
7Joba Chamberlain
8Tommy Hunter