Texas Agrees to 1-Year Deal with Napoli

by Matthew on February 12, 2012

In their endless search to get back to the World Series for the third straight year, the Texas Rangers were busy  Sunday morning , avoiding arbitration by signing Mike Napoli to a one-year contract.

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The 30-year old Napoli was Texas’ last remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible player.

Details of the deal were not disclosed per club policy. However, Jeff Wilson from the Fort Worth Star Telegram reported on Twitter that the two struck a deal for $9.4 MM.

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If that is true, Napoli would receive a nice raise, as he made just $5.8 MM last year.

Sources close to the details said he had asked for $11.5 million, but the Rangers had offered $8.3 million. Looks like Napoli won out here.

But so did the Rangers, as the catcher, first baseman and DH posted career highs last year in batting average (.320), home runs (30) and RBI (75) over 113 games, and lit it up following the  All-Star break, as he batted .383.

Napoli also played a key role in the Rangers run to the World Series, batting .328 with three homers and 15 RBIs over 17 postseason games.

After making his MLB debut with the Anaheim Angels in 2006, Napoli was traded to the Blue Jays in 2011, who four days later dealt him Texas.

In 619 career games, he is a .264 batter with 122 home runs and 324 RBIs.

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