Chris Gimenez and Mike Napoli don’t play the same position, not anymore. But the Twins appear interested in offering Gimenez’s role — as a clubhouse leader, not a catcher — to the veteran slugger. The Twins have contacted Napoli’s agent about a contract for 2018, in hopes of completing a reunion that Napoli turned down last winter, according to a source with knowledge of the discussion. The 36-year-old Napoli, a former catcher who moved to first base and designated hitter five seasons ago, played for Cleveland in 2016 when Minnesota’s chief baseball officer, Derek Falvey, was in the Indians’ front office, and got to know Twins General Manager Thad Levine during stints with Texas in 2011-12 and 2015. But Napoli accepted a $6 million contract, reportedly less than the Twins offered, in order to return to the Rangers again last year, and though he batted only .193, he also slugged 29 home runs in 485 at-bats for Texas. The Rangers declined an option for $11 million for next season, making Napoli a free agent once again.
Twins interested in signing Napoli
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Dec 24