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Mike Napoli | First Baseman | #32

Team: Cleveland Indians
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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Mike Napoli suffered a torn right ACL and meniscus at Triple-A Columbus that will require season-ending surgery.
Napoli is expected to need 10-14 months of rehab. Given that he will turn 37 in October, the injury has the potential to be a career-ender. Napoli was off to a 1-for-24 start at Columbus after signing a minor league contract with the Indians this spring. Apr 20 - 11:15 AM

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Indians reassigned 1B Mike Napoli, LHP Jeff Beliveau, INF Drew Maggi, RHP Evan Marshall, and C Jack Murphy to minor league camp.

Napoli was released by the Indians last week, but the two sides quickly agreed to a new deal. The veteran slugger will report to Triple-A Columbus to begin the season.
Mar 29 - 2:33 PM

Indians re-signed 1B Mike Napoli to a minor league contract.

Napoli was released by the Indians on Thursday, but was told he was welcome back on a minor league deal after. He'll begin the year in Triple-A Columbus, and if he hits well, he could come back to Cleveland to form a platoon with Yonder Alonso at the first base position.
Mar 25 - 1:32 PM

Mike Napoli will decide today if he'll return to the Indians on a minor league deal, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

Napoli was released on Thursday, but was reportedly told that he'd be welcomed back on a minor league contract. His hope is to find an MLB contract, but considering how late in the game it is -- along with how poorly he performed for the Rangers in 2017 -- make that unlikely.
Mar 23 - 10:30 AM

Indians released 1B Mike Napoli.

The veteran first baseman will reportedly be welcomed back on a minor league contract if he can't find a major league opportunity elsewhere. Napoli still has a good amount of pop, but he batted just .193/.285/.428 last season for the Rangers and he was slashing .218/.310/.431 this spring in the Cactus League.
Mar 22 - 2:53 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Indians "likely won't keep" Mike Napoli.

Cafardo notes that manager Terry Francona "basically said that Napoli deserved to be in a major league camp so he can audition for other teams." It's an interesting situation in that the Indians appear to be kind of doing Napoli a solid here even though he's unlikely to make their roster, barring injury. Napoli hit just .193 last season for the Rangers while playing through a torn ligament in his right hand, though he did crank 29 home runs.
Source: Boston Globe
Mar 4 - 10:55 AM

Mike Napoli will debut for the Indians in Cactus League play on Sunday against the Brewers.

Napoli will bat sixth and serve as the designated hitter in his return to the Indians. He'll function as a bench bat and part-time first baseman and designated hitter for the Tribe this time around.
Mar 3 - 1:27 PM

Indians signed 1B/DH Mike Napoli to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal was agreed to on Tuesday morning and then finalized Wednesday after Napoli arrived at Indians camp in Arizona and passed the necessary physical. The veteran slugger posted a career-worst .193 batting average and .713 OPS in 124 games last season with the Rangers, but he did still manage to slug 29 home runs. He'll serve as a bench bat and part-time first baseman and DH in his return to Cleveland.
Feb 28 - 9:59 AM

The Indians have signed Mike Napoli to a minor league contract, reports Jordan Bastian of MLB.com.

The deal is pending a physical. Napoli posted career-lows with a .193 batting average and a .713 OPS, but he still showed some pop with 29 homers. Keep in mind that he did that while playing through a torn ligament in his hand. Still, the 36-year-old ended up having to settle for a minor league pact. He'll provide depth between first base and the DH spot in his return to the organization.
Feb 27 - 10:10 AM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that talks between the Twins and Mike Napoli "aren’t as intense as being reported" and there's "nothing even close to imminent."

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported earlier Monday that the two sides were in "serious talks," but Feinsand hears that while the Twins like Napoli, nothing is close to getting done. The fit makes sense, as Napoli shouldn't cost much and gives the Twins a designated hitter candidate and occasional fill-in at first base. Napoli had surgery earlier this offseason to repair a torn ligament in his right hand, but he should be fine for spring training.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 07:05:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Twins are in "serious talks" with free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

La Velle E. Neal III and Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune mentioned on Sunday that the Twins have been in contact with Napoli, but apparently talks are progressing. The 36-year-old doesn't figure to cost much after a disappointing season where he posted career-lows with a .193 batting average and a .713 OPS. However, he also slugged 29 homers while playing through a torn ligament in his right hand. He underwent surgery after the season. Napoli would give the Twins a proven option for DH and a backup at first base.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 11:42:00 AM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins are still interested in free agent slugger Mike Napoli.

The Twins are lacking in right-handed power options and veteran leadership, so he's seemingly a great fit for the club, and should come at a discount relative to the rest of the first base market. The Mets have also expressed interest.
Sun, Dec 24, 2017 07:59:00 PM

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.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 11:18:00 AM

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.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 01:55:00 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.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 03:12:00 PM

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