Mike Napoli RUMORS & NEWS

  • Indians officially sign Mike Napoli for $7 million

    Hardball Talk "Making official what was reported three weeks ago, the Indians announced their one-year, $7 million contract with free agent first baseman Mike Napoli. After struggling for the Red Sox in the first half Napoli thrived down the stretch the Rangers and showed enough to make the Indians think he..." January 05

  • Red Sox interested in bringing back Mike Napoli?

    NESN "Mike Napoli embraced everything about Boston during his two-plus seasons with the Red Sox. It left an impression on the organization, which must make a decision regarding first base. Hanley Ramirez currently is slated to be Boston’s starting first baseman in 2016, but the Red Sox reportedly..." December 07

  • Free agent Mike Napoli might catch again

    Hardball Talk "In his Sunday column for the Boston Globe, Nick Cafardo mentions that free agent first baseman Mike Napoli rose his free agent stock by performing well in the second half and playing a little left field. He also mentions that he could go back to catching, though not on a full-time (and ostensibly..." November 09

  • Rangers Acquire Mike Napoli

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have agreed to acquire first baseman Mike Napoli from the Red Sox, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports on Twitter. Boston pulled Napoli from its lineup at the last minute, leading to speculation of a deal that appears to have come to fruition. Texas continues to be a fascinating to..." August 08

  • Mike Napoli says umpire ejected him for not picking up bat after strikeout

    ESPN "Taking Mike Napoli at his word, this ranks as one of the oddest pretexts for an ejection ever. The Boston Red Sox first baseman, who was called out on strikes in the second inning and told plate umpire Tripp Gibson he disagreed with the call, was walking away from the plate when Gibson threw him..." June 29

  • Sox plan to stick with struggling Napoli

    CSN New England "Mike Napoli's struggles at the plate continued on Saturday, and it went beyond the 0-for-4 performance that dropped his average to .160. In the fourth inning, with the score tied 1-1, he came to bat with runners at first and second and one out. Dustin Pedroia had led off the inning with a..." May 03

  • Mike Napoli blasts Richard Sherman after Super Bowl loss

    Sporting News "Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is having fun after the Patriots won the Super Bowl. That fun is coming at the expense of Seahawks cornerback and notorious trash-talker Richard Sherman. Napoli expertly trolled Sherman by sharing two memes on Monday. " February 03

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    Alex Speier @alexspeier

    Sox announce that Mike Napoli underwent surgery to address his sleep apnea this AM at MGH. Will be released from hospital this week.

  • Mike Napoli slated to undergo surgery for sleep disorder

    WEEI Boston "According to Mike Napoli, the first baseman will be undergoing Bimaxillary Advancement surgery in order to help alleviate his long-standing battle with sleep apnea. (To read more on the operation, click here.) The procedure is slated to be performed Nov. 4. “I’ve been dealing with sleep..." October 14

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Sounds as if Napoli (toe, back, finger); Holt (concussion) won't play again this year. Might be case with Ortiz (wrist), too.

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    Ian Browne @IanMBrowne

    Ortiz back in there, Napoli still out.

  • David Ortiz and Mike Napoli out of lineup for Red Sox

    Hardball Talk "The Red Sox are going to be short-handed as they attempt to snap their eight-game losing streak. In addition to Shane Victorino landing on the disabled list, both David Ortiz and Mike Napoli are out of the lineup against the Rays this afternoon. According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Ortiz is..." May 24

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    Tim Britton @TimBritton

    Officially a dislocated finger on Napoli. X-rays negative.

  • Gomes Racks Up A Ton Of Cell Phone Minutes Trying To Convince Napoli To Stay In Boston

    NESN "Mike Napoli hardly needed any convincing when it came to staying in Boston. The slugger said repeatedly before signing a two-year deal with the Red Sox this offseason that he wanted to keep the strong bond intact. Jonny Gomes still wasn’t going to take any chances. “I don’t know how many..." December 22

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    Boston Red Sox @RedSox

    Mike Napoli: two-year contract through 2015 season. To make room on 40-man, Alex Castellanos designated for assignment

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Napoli deal is for two years, $32 million. Signing first reported by @bradfo.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Rangers interested in Napoli even after acquiring Fielder. Envision Napoli 1B-DH, Beltre-Fielder-Napoli 3-4-5. #Marlins also in.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Source: #Marlins have discussed Napoli internally and could enter mix at right price. Napoli is South Florida native and good friends ...

  • Mike Napoli’s best option may be here

    Boston Herald "As much as Mike Napoli wants to clutch this past season as tightly as his Red Sox teammates did his beard, his status as one of the top free agent power hitters has compelled him to test his worth on the open market. Tough to fault him for that. And make no mistake, there is interest in a..." November 23

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Some executives are convinced that Texas will emerge as Boston's greatest competition for Mike Napoli; his 1B play an eye-opener for scouts.

  • Mike Napoli, James Loney free agent targets for Rockies

    Denver Post "Replacing Todd Helton has the Rockies considering a wide range of options. They have expressed interest in free agents Mike Napoli and James Loney, according to a source with direct knowledge of their plans. Napoli, a key figure in the Red Sox’s World Series championship, turned down Boston’s..." November 14

  • Mike Napoli declines Red Sox qualifying offer

    WEEI Boston "According to an industry source, free agent first baseman Mike Napoli has declined the Red Sox’ one-year qualifying offer in order to pursue a multi-year deal in free agency. The first baseman underwent an MRI on his hips last Tuesday that revealed no signs of deterioration from last offseason,..." November 11

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    Jeff Passan @JeffPassan

    Mike Napoli's return to Boston is far from a certainty. Source says he wants to shop around after receiving a multi-year offer from Red Sox.

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    Red Sox won't disclose much re: Napoli's exit physical, but source w/ knowledge of it reports hip now looks better than it did last winter.

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    Sean McAdam @Sean_McAdam

    As expected. Red Sox say they will make qualifying offers today to Napoli, Drew and Ellsbury but not to Saltalamacchia. #RedSoxTalk

  • Red Sox plan to make qualifying offers to Napoli, Drew, Ellsbury

    CBS Sports "The Red Sox are planning to make the $14.1 million qualifying offer to shortstop Stephen Drew and first baseman Mike Napoli in addition to star outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The Red Sox won a World Series thanks in part to their short-term deals, and Drew and Napoli became vital parts of the team..." October 31

  • Sox' Napoli ready to deal with 'stabbing' in his foot

    WEEI Boston "Mike Napoli separated himself from the other Red Sox players taking fielding drills Tuesday. He was wearing sneakers. The Sox first baseman has been relegated to donning the footwear during practice sessions instead of spikes due to a lingering case of plantar fascitiiis. Because of the ailment..." October 02

  • Red Sox Napoli continues to deal with plantar fasciitis

    WEEI Boston "Making his first start since Aug. 16 Mike Napoli offered some evidence his foot problem might be manageable. The first baseman who has been dealing with plantar fasciitis in his left foot (which recently received a cortisone shot for) reentered the Red Sox’ starting lineup and came away with..." August 25

  • MRI reveals no change in Napoli's hip condition

    WEEI Boston "Mike Napoli has been dealing with on-again off-again batting slumps throughout the past few months — with Tuesday night’s 0-for-4 two-strikeout performance (in which he left seven runners on base) serving as a downturn. But Napoli recently received the kind of news that might outweigh even the..." August 07

  • Mike Napoli Shows ‘Both Sides of the Coin,’ But Eventually Comes Through in Clutch Against Yankees

    NESN "The Red Sox will take the bad with the good, especially when the good wins them a ballgame. Mike Napoli was up and down Sunday in a performance that was truly a microcosm of his season — if not his entire career. He hit two home runs, struck out three times and grounded into a big double play...." July 22

  • Napoli: Hip not an issue at all

    ESPN Boston "First baseman Mike Napoli said that he has not even had a conversation in months with Dr. Joseph Lane, the specialist at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery regarding his hip condition. "Everything is fine," he said. "I haven't had any issues." Napoli had been diagnosed with avascular..." July 20

  • Struggling Mike Napoli given night off

    Boston Herald "One month is a long time between home runs for most players, but for a slugger like Mike Napoli, it’s practically an eternity. Homerless, and with just one extra-base hit, in 90 plate appearances since a third-inning grand slam June 1 at Yankee Stadium, Napoli was absent from the Red Sox lineup..." July 04

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    Pete Abraham @PeteAbe

    #RedSox 1B Mike Napoli feeling much better, likely to play at least one game tomorrow. Missed last 3 games with illness.

  • Buchholz, Napoli carry Red Sox past Blue Jays in a rout

    Boston Herald "The constant refrain from November through March went like this: “The Red Sox will go as far as Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester take them.” With April officially in the books and May off to a smashing start, the Red Sox could hardly have hoped for better. Buchholz dominated the reeling Blue..." May 02

  • Napoli continues to rake at Fenway

    CSN New England "There's a reason Mike Napoli was so appealing to the Red Sox. After last season, the Sox made Napoli -- a career .259 hitter who entered this season with a .306 average, 7 home runs, 17 RBI, a .397 on-base percentage, and .710 slugging percentage in 19 career games at Fenway Park -- one of..." April 23

  • Mike Napoli impressing Red Sox teammates with power display

    Boston Herald "A few notes/thoughts from the Red Sox' series opening 9-6 victory over the Athletics on Monday night: --Not since Adrian Beltre in 2010 have the Red Sox had a right-handed hitter with as much raw power as Mike Napoli. Remember when Beltre wowed his teammates by launching home runs from one..." April 23

  • Mike Napoli: All systems go

    Boston Herald "In the third inning yesterday, Mike Napoli tagged up from second base on a fly ball to right field and slid hard into third. Nobody gave it a second thought. In that moment, though, it became clear that Napoli’s first spring training with the Red Sox couldn’t have gone much better. Two..." March 26

  • Mike Napoli shakes it off

    Boston Herald "The two big power sources on the Red Sox are David Ortiz and Mike Napoli. With Ortiz already out, the Red Sox had a brief scare yesterday that Napoli might have to join him. Napoli was hit on the left wrist by a Kevin Slowey pitch in the third inning of the 8-7 loss to the Marlins. Before..." March 12

  • Unburdened by catching, injury, Mike Napoli looks powerfully good

    Boston Herald "For somebody who arrived as damaged goods, Mike Napoli sure looks damn good. For somebody who takes a weekly dose of osteoporosis medicine and must manage a degenerative hip condition with the ghastly name of avascular necrosis for the rest of his life, Napoli swings an awfully fierce bat,..." March 10

  • Napoli crushes first home run of spring

    CSN New England "In just his second game and third at-bat this spring, Mike Napoli, leading off the second inning, gave the Red Sox the lead, turning on a 2-and-1 fastball from Yankees starter Adam Warren and depositing it well beyond the center field fence for his first home run. “On pitches he gets extended..." March 04

  • Napoli tested right away in Red Sox's debut

    CSN New England "The Pirates wasted little time in testing out Mike Napoli and his recently diagnosed hips at first base. On the first pitch he saw from Jon Lester, leadoff hitter Darren Ford pushed a bunt toward first base. Napoli -- making his Grapefruit League debut after being delayed this spring by the..." March 02

  • Mike Napoli won’t be hurting Red Sox staff anymore

    Boston Herald "Had the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli for $5 million and simply locked him in a closet, it would be money well spent. It’s hard to put a price on the damage Napoli has done to the Sox over the years, and one of the added benefits of acquiring him is no longer having to face him. In 38 career games..." March 01

  • Mike Napoli debut on tap

    Boston Herald "First baseman Mike Napoli ran the bases for a second time yesterday and remains on track to make his Red Sox debut tomorrow. Napoli has taken things slowly since an offseason physical revealed a degenerative hip condition. The hip does not bother Napoli, but he did enter camp worried about..." February 28

  • Mike Napoli Slated to Play in Game Friday

    WEEI Boston "While John Farrell weaved his way in and out of questions regarding his departure from the Blue Jays (while also being serenaded with a chorus of boos upon his introduction), there were other items of interest emanating from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. - Farrell said the plan for Mike Napoli..." February 25

  • Napoli turns corner by running bases

    Boston Herald "If Mike Napoli does his job, he won’t have much need for running this season. “Hit it far,” Napoli said jokingly yesterday, “and you can jog.” Seeing as that even the game’s greatest sluggers occasionally keep the ball in the park, Napoli will indeed have to run this year, which made..." February 25

  • More worry, but less work, for no-longer-catching Napoli

    CSN New England "It’s been a series of adjustments for Mike Napoli this spring. A new team, a new position, and a schedule that is designed to accommodate the recent diagnosis of avascular necrosis in both hips. But overall? “It’s been a lot easier than previous springs, that’s for sure,” Napoli said with..." February 21

  • Mike Napoli powerfully good

    Boston Herald "There’s more to Mike Napoli than two balky hips. Take, for instance, his sense of humor. In two seasons with the Texas Rangers, Napoli was known for ordering T-shirts with amusing slogans, once even outfitting long-tenured infielder Michael Young with a cape that read “Rangerman.” And after..." February 21

  • Napoli participates in fielding practice

    ESPN "A day after being cleared to begin all baseball activity, Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (hip) participated in early fielding drills and later finished his day taking 50 ground balls at first base. Since he arrived at camp a week ago, his participation has been limited. He underwent a..." February 17

  • Red Sox Injury News: David Ortiz, Clay Buchholz, Mike Napoli

    Over The Monster "It's spring, and you know what that means! Depressing injury news that takes all the life out of the season before it even begins! Okay, maybe I'm being a bit too dramatic. So far, we've only had one gunshot wound! And the lightning that hit Jacoby Ellsbury's plane didn't actually do any harm..." February 12