Mike Napoli

#5 1B / Texas Rangers / EXP: 12YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 225 lb Age: 36 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • Napoli's (ankle) team option was declined by the Rangers on Monday. 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.

    • Mike Napoli: Headed to free agency
      By RotoWire Staff

      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. 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-hitting first-base/DH types with high strikeout rates.

    • Napoli (ankle) doesn't expect to play again in the 2017 season, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Napoli has been out since Sept. 15 with a lingering ankle issue. Over 124 games this season, Napoli posted a dismal .193 batting average, but managed to retain some fantasy value with 29 home runs.

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

    • Rangers' Mike Napoli: Not starting Friday
      By RotoWire Staff

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

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