Mike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
1 month ago

Napoli signed a contract with the Rangers for one year, $6 million, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. The deal also includes a 2018 club option worth $11 million or a $2.5 million buyout.

EDGE Analysis

Napoli's third tour of duty with Texas comes with a possible re-up, and it wouldn't be a shock if he earns it. Though he's 35 years old, he's coming off a career-best 34 homers and 101 RBI with Cleveland. Texas' lineup and ballpark (despite its slight decline in hitter-friendliness) will keep him in a productive spot: He has a career .277/.381/.548 line in games at Arlington. Napoli will help mixed league fantasy owners in the middle or late rounds.

Mike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
1 month ago

Napoli agreed to a one-year deal with the Rangers on Tuesday pending a physical, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The deal is reportedly done, but the Rangers are waiting until next week to announce it. Napoli has spent time with Texas twice before, where he has enjoyed some of the best years in his career, slashing a combined .277/.381/.548 across parts of three seasons. The 35-year-old is coming off a nice season with the Indians, where he hit .239/.335/.465 with 34 homers and 101 RBI, both career bests. He'll look to pick up where he left off next year as he gives Texas a proven option at both 1B and DH.

Mike Napoli
1B/DH TEX
4 months 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/DH TEX
5 months 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/DH TEX
6 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/DH TEX
6 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/DH TEX
6 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/DH TEX
6 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/DH TEX
6 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/DH TEX
7 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.