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Mike Napoli | First Baseman | #5

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/31/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2000 / Rd. 17 (0) / LAA
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Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Mets and Twins are showing interest in Mike Napoli.
Fraley points out that Napoli has connections to both franchises in general manager Thad Levine with Minnesota and manager Mickey Callaway with New York. He would give the Twins a designated hitter option and offer protection for Dominic Smith at first base. Napoli is 36 and batted only .193/.285/.428 in 2017, but he did sock 29 home and was playing through a torn ligament in his right hand, which he had surgically-repaired. Dec 15 - 11:18 AM

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Mets manager Mickey Callaway has been in touch with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli to gauge his interest.

Napoli played with the Rangers this past season, but he knows Callaway from his time in Cleveland in 2016. The 36-year-old could make sense as an insurance policy or platoon partner for young first baseman Dominic Smith. Napoli socked 29 homers this past season, but he had career-lows with a .193 batting average and a .713 OPS. He underwent surgery after the season to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, which provides a partial explanation for the poor production.
Dec 12 - 1:55 PM

Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Mike Napoli recently underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right hand.

Bradford says that Napoli played through the injury for the duration of the 2017 season. The veteran first baseman hit 29 home runs for the Rangers but batted only .193/.285/.428 overall for a career-low .713 OPS. It's unclear how long the rehab will take for Napoli, who turned 36 a month ago.
Dec 1 - 3:12 PM

Tampa Bay Times writer Marc Topkin expects "mutual interest" between the Rays and free agent Mike Napoli.

The Rays are a wild card this offseason, with the possibility to move any and every player on their roster for the right price. Napoli could interest the club as a veteran leader on a team that could soon be devoid of veteran leadership, Topkin asserts, and would also fit on the field and in the lineup with first baseman Logan Morrison now departed as a free agent. It's unclear what the 36-year-old Napoli's market may look like after he hit 29 homers but batted .193/.285/.428 overall this past season with the Rangers.
Nov 18 - 11:06 PM

Rangers declined 1B/DH Mike Napoli's $11 million club option.

The Rangers already informed Napoli about their decision, but it's now official. The 36-year-old will receive a $2.5 million buyout and hit the open market. Napoli slugged 29 homers in 124 games this past season, but he hit just .193 with a .285 on-base percentage.
Nov 6 - 3:13 PM

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

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