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Rangers and Mike Napoli have discussed contract extension

Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

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The Rangers may end up spending over $120 million in order to sign right-hander Yu Darvish, but that isn’t going to stop their efforts to lock up some of their core players.

According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the Rangers have had “several conversations” with Mike Napoli‘s representatives about a multi-year contract. He earned $5.8 million in 2011 and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

Napoli, who was acquired from the Blue Jays last January, batted .320/.414/.631 with 30 home runs, 75 RBI and a 1.046 OPS over 432 plate appearances this past season. The 30-year-old was also a monster during the postseason, hitting .328 with a .414 on-base percentage, three home runs and 15 RBI.

It will likely cost a pretty penny to keep Napoli around for the long-term following his breakthrough season, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com wrote this evening that “there’s a very good chance” he’ll have an extension by Opening Day based on what he’s heard this offseason.

Durrett reports that the Rangers have also discussed multi-year deals with Josh Hamilton, Ian Kinsler and Derek Holland this winter, though no deals are believed to be imminent.

  1. spytdi - Dec 20, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    They have all that money I spent on playoff tickets.

  2. stex52 - Dec 21, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Now comes the painful part of success. Keeping the right pieces together when the price goes up.

    Even if he regresses to his career average he has very solid stats for a catcher. But does he stay at this level? And do you offer him a contract as a good catcher or as an All Star catcher. Tough question for the front office with all of those other guys coming up.

  3. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Dec 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    I think a $12 million annual salary for 3-4 years is fair.

  4. Richard In Big D - Dec 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Seems like the Rangers have kind of painted themselves into a corner with Napoli, having traded away Teagarden to Baltimore. They now have no fallback if they can’t work a deal they like, so they’ll have to pony up to keep him…

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