OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 weeks ago

Napoli's team option was declined by the Rangers on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

While this move had been expected, Napoli's team option was officially turned down Monday. Napoli offers plenty of power, as he slugged 29 home runs over 124 games in 2017. However, he also posted a dismal .193 batting average, the lowest mark of his career.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
1 month ago

Napoli (ankle) will become a free agent after the Rangers declined to exercise his $11 million club option for 2018, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Given the amount of money Napoli was owed, this isn't too surprising. While the 35-year-old swatted a healthy 29 homers this season, he was 19 percent worse than a league average hitter (81 wRC+) and batted an unsightly .193 with a 33.6 percent strikeout rate -- all career worst marks. He'll look to catch on elsewhere, though he may be forced to settle for a minor-league deal given the lack of demand for power hitters with high strikeout rates.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 months ago

Napoli (ankle) doesn't expect to play again in the 2017 season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli has been out since Sept. 15 as he's had to tend to a lingering ankle issue. Over 124 games this season, Napoli posted a dismal .193 batting average, but managed to retain some fantasy value as he hit 29 home runs.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 months ago

Napoli's lingering ankle issue will relegate him to the bench for likely the rest of the season, Evan Grant of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

With extended rosters, the Rangers can afford to keep Napoli active as a last-ditch right-handed power bat off the bench. But Napolis is hitting a brutal 6-for-56 (.107) over his last 19 games. While the spirit may be willing, the body has not been cooperating. Three of those six hits for Napoli have been homers, so maybe he can catch lightning in a bottle a few times down the stretch off the bench.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 months ago

Napoli is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli is just 3-for-19 (.158) with 10 strikeouts against Friday's starter for the Angels, Bud Norris, so he will not be in the Rangers' lineup. With Napoli on the bench, Joey Gallo will get the nod at first base, and Will Middlebrooks will replace Gallo at the hot corner.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 months ago

Napoli (lower leg) is in the lineup for Thursday's game against Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli is back at first base while batting eighth in the order after sitting the past three games with a lower right leg injury. Prior to this setback, Napoli was hitting just .111/.294/.278 with three home runs, seven RBI and 23 strikeouts during his last 18 appearances.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 months ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Mariners.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli is out of the lineup due to a stress reaction in his lower right leg, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. However, although he's not starting, Napoli is available from the bench. Joey Gallo will cover first base Wednesday with Napoli out.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 months ago

Napoli (lower body), who is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners, said he may be available off the bench, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli is dealing with lower-body soreness, but he was able to take swings in the cage prior to Tuesday's game and pleaded with manager Jeff Banister to let him play. While Banister said he does not foresee Napoli playing Tuesday, this bodes well for his status moving forward. Still, the first baseman is hitting just .174 with a 33.3 percent strikeout rate in 34 games since the beginning of August, so he isn't worth owning in most leagues even if he is playing. Ryan Rua is starting at first base in his stead Tuesday.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 months ago

Napoli is dealing with lower-body soreness and may be out a while, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Nothing official has been announced regarding a timetable for Napoli's return, but Grant speculates it could be more than just a day-to-day thing. The Rangers are pretty banged up at the infield corners, but Will Middlebrooks will likely see plenty of action, especially while Joey Gallo (wrist) is out. Napoli can be cut loose in a large portion of single-season formats, as he was hitting .111 with a 33.8 percent strikeout rate in 54 at-bats leading up to this injury, and it doesn't sound like the Rangers are prioritizing at-bats for him down the stretch.

OUTMike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
2 months ago

Napoli is out of the lineup Monday against the Mariners, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli's hitting has been underwhelming all season, and recent games have been no exception as he's gone just 3-for-17 (.176) over the last seven outings. Joey Gallo will draw the start at first base and hit sixth with Napoli out.