Napoli Says He will Test Free Agency

by Matthew on February 29, 2012

It appears that Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has taken a lesson from  St. Louis Cardinals’ catcher Yadier Molina, as he reportedly told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday that he plans to test the free agent market.

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After seeing Molina’s five-year deal worth a reported $75 million, Napoli and the Texas Rangers’  talks about a long-term deal have stalled. Instead, the 30-year old and the Rangers reached a one-year, $9.4 million in his final year of arbitration.

Napoli is  coming off his best season in the big leagues, hitting .320 with 30 home runs and 75 RBIs. He is more than just a catcher, pulling duty behind the plate in 60 game, 31 at first base and 19 at designated hitter .

I would expect that if he has another good year, and especially of he contributes to the anticipated third World Series run the Rangers are banking on, he could find himself ending his career in the Lone Star state when all is said and done.

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