The Texas Rangers won’t be exercising the team’s 2018 club option on veteran first baseman Mike Napoli, according to MLB.com’s TR Sullivan. However, the Rangers will be picking up the team’s 2018 club option on left-handed pitcher Martin Perez while a decision regarding the future of right-hander Tony Barnette has yet to be made. Napoli is coming off the worst season of his major league career. The 36-year-old posted an abysmal slash line of .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBIs over 485 plate appearances this season, good for a single-season career-worst .713 OPS. This season notably represented Napoli’s third different stint with Texas. He originally arrived with the Rangers in January 2011 after being traded from the Toronto Blue Jays. That deal actually occurred just two weeks after the Blue Jays had acquired Napoli from the Los Angeles Angels.
Report | Rangers won’t exercise option on Mike Napoli
Fanrag Sports | Nov 2