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Rangers table long-term extension talks with Mike Napoli

Jan 4, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

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According to beat writer T.R. Sullivan of, the Rangers are no longer aiming to work out a long-term contract extension this winter with catcher Mike Napoli. Here’s general manager Jon Daniels:

“We love Mike and we’re not closing the door on anything but right now we are focused on a one-year deal.”

Napoli is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility and will hit the free agent market with a bang next fall if the two sides fail to work out a long-term deal at some point during the 2012 campaign.

The 30-year-old catcher batted .320/.414/.631 with 30 home runs and 75 RBI in 113 regular season games last year for Texas before going 19-for-58 (.328) with three homers and 15 RBI in the playoffs.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    he can come back to Anaheim if he’d like

  2. missthemexpos - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    He can come back to Toronto if he’d like.

  3. bigdeal701 - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    The Rangers need to get a deal done as bad as the catcher spot has been since pudge left. Napoli has been more than expected

  4. 27xwschamps - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:44 AM

    Wonder how he’d look in NYY pinstripes?

    • baseballisboring - Jan 5, 2012 at 6:46 AM

      like an overpaid asshole.

  5. cur68 - Jan 5, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    Alex Anthopolous, if you read HBT (and if not, why not?) swap Mathis for him. Mike Soscia will attest that Mathis is WAY better than Napoli.

    • rambodiaz - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:15 AM

      So, how’s this Jeff Mathis thing got you feelin’, Cur?

      • cur68 - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:44 PM

        Like a guy who’s team used to have a 30 home run hitter who now has a guy who is an order of magnitude less. Why? WHY?!!

  6. Gonzo - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:44 AM

    30 homers and only 75 ribbies? Those are some Rob Deer numbers.

    Before you get on my case, I know Deer hit .212 every year.

    • fordman84 - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      He would have had more RBI’s if he could have cracked the top 6 spots in the Texas lineup, but he couldn’t. So by the time he got up to bat there was no one on base. He isn’t a 1 or a two hitter, and he isn’t going to bump Hamilton, Cruz, or Beltre from the 3/4/5 spots, and Young rounds out the 6th spot.

  7. rambodiaz - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    I didn’t think it was legal for Mike Scioscia to double as Texas’ Director of Decision Sciences, but apparently it is.

  8. stex52 - Jan 5, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Pretty awesome stats for 2011. There might be some debate as to whether that was a breakout year or just a really good one, but his numbers look solid (offensively, anyway). If he can hold onto the defensive improvements, I would think the Rangers need to think hard about a pretty rich deal. I realize that they have a lot of negotiations coming up in the next two years, but that is part of the price of success.

    It would be hard not to pay him.

  9. hammyofdoom - Jan 5, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    His slugging percentage was 2.5 times higher than Jeff Mathis. Jeff Mathis was chosen over Mike Napoli. Mike Scioscia is a smart baseball man. These are all facts, but…but I don’t know how they connect. Seriously, the only thing I can think of is Mike having secret feelings for Jeff, I bet money he keeps a picture in his back pocket of that cant-hit-anything catcher.

    • SmackSaw - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Scioscia couldn’t get Napoli to listen. Plus, Napoli is a cancer in the clubhouse. A great hitting cancer, but a cancer nonetheless. He’s sort of a Gary Sheffield with pads.

      • baseballisboring - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

        Just out of curiosity, what are you basing that on exactly?

      • cur68 - Jan 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        First I’ve heard of it.Clearly he doesn’t use twitter or give interviews or his teammates are pretty quite about it…just a first all the way around it seems.

  10. SmackSaw - Jan 5, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    No way he signs with Texas. He’s going to the Cubs or Red Sox. He’s going to cash out in a huge way. The summers in Dallas are hell on a catcher.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      He’s definitely not going to the Cubs. Not while Soto’s there, and not while they’re rebuilding.

    • hammyofdoom - Jan 6, 2012 at 11:50 AM

      No way he’s going to the Sox. They have too many DH/1B types, and they actually have several viable young catchers in Salty (not even going to try and spell that off the top of my head) and Lavarnway, with Lavarnway actually receiving several comparisons to Napoli, not saying he’s going to slug .610 but hes a very good bat for a catcher. Cubs have Soto as said before, so I’m pretty sure those two are out.

  11. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    But Texas, don’t you see, back in old Napoli, that’s amore?

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