Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
1 month ago

Napoli did not receive a qualifying offer from the Indians and is now a free agent, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

EDGE Analysis

It is possible, and even likely, that the Indians will attempt to bring Napoli back on a multi-year contract, but they did not want to give up a draft pick, so they did not extend the qualifying offer. He will now be courted in a market flooded with offensive-minded sluggers over the age of 30, so he may be forced to sign for less than one would expect, considering he hit 34 home runs last year.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
1 month ago

Napoli is out of the lineup for Game 4 of the World Series.

EDGE Analysis

The 34-year-old will sit for the first time this postseason, allowing Carlos Santana to move in from left field to first base. Manager Terry Francona will have to decide whether to prioritize offense or defense again in Game 5 before the series shifts back to Cleveland.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
2 months ago

Napoli is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

The rest of the Indians' regulars will return to action Wednesday after much of the team was held out Tuesday following a division-clinching win the night before, but Napoli will get a second straight day off after going hitless in eight of his last nine games. Carlos Santana will man first base for the Indians on Wednesday night.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
2 months ago

Napoli is out of Tuesday's lineup against the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

This is the game after the Indians clinched the division, so most of the regulars are getting the day off. Carlos Santana will still slot in at DH, with Jesus Aguilar starting at first base Tuesday.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
3 months ago

Napoli went 3-for-4 with a two-RBI double, two-run homer, a walk and two runs in Friday's 11-4 win over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran slugger opened the scoring on the night with a first-inning ground rule double that brought home Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor. He came back in the fifth with a 390-foot two-run shot that plated Kipnis once again, his fifth homer in 50 September at-bats. Napoli's 34 homers and 98 RBI on the season are a career high, while his .496 slugging percentage is his second highest over the last seven campaigns.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
3 months ago

Napoli launched the solo home run in the fifth inning that ultimately decided Friday's game versus the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

The slugger now has seen each of his last three hits leave the yard, bringing him to career-best numbers in homers (32), RBI (93) and runs scored (85). He has just seven hits in his last 10 games, but a notoriously streaky hitter like Napoli could be on the verge of another hot streak as be continues to drive the ball.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
3 months ago

Napoli went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's win over the Astros.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli reclaimed the team lead with a two-run homer to left-center, his career-high 31st of the season. According to Statcast, the ball traveled a projected 427 feet from the plate with an exit velocity of 109 mph. Napoli has 12 home runs with an exit velocity of at least 108 mph. The rest of the team has six such homers. Now in his 11th MLB season, the 34-year-old now has 92 RBI and is on the verge of 100 RBI for the first time in his career.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
3 months ago

Napoli hit a solo home and walked in a 1-for-3 game in Monday's loss to Houston.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli picked up his first hit of September after a blistering August in which he hit five home runs and managed a .303/.393/.495 batting line. He has now hit 20 of his 30 home runs at Progressive Field, where is hitting a brilliant .305/.416/.606 compared to just .208/.267/.376 on the road.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
3 months ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Saturday against the Marlins, Zack Meisel of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

With Coco Crisp stepping in as the designated hitter, Carlos Santana will be pushed to first base and Napoli to the bench. The Indians were just off Thursday but it seems they are intent on keeping Napoli well rested for the stretch run -- there has been no word of an ailment. Napoli is coming off a .303/.393/.495 month of August.

Mike Napoli
1B/LF/DH CLE
4 months ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli will take a seat against right-hander Marcus Stroman, who he is 0-for-9 with three strikeouts against in his career. While the veteran gets what looks to be a routine day off, Jason Kipnis will move to the DH spot, allowing Michael Martinez to start at the keystone.