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Could Mike Napoli return to the Rangers?

Nov 14, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

Mike Napoli spent two years with the Rangers before latching on with the Red Sox last offseason. Now there’s increased chatter that a return to Texas could be in his future.

Napoli made a total of 51 starts at first base during his time with the Rangers, but he was pushed into regular duty at the position with the Red Sox this season due to his hip condition. It’s stands to reason that he would get more comfortable at the position now that his days as a catcher are over. The Rangers could really use an upgrade at first base, but it would be a bit of a surprise if Napoli didn’t return to the Red Sox. It looks like he has found a home there. Getting some interest from Texas might give him the leverage he needs to secure a multi-year deal from Boston, at the very least.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    I guess after winning a ring you have no reason not to go back to not winning rings.

    • dan1111 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      The Rangers are a good organization with lots of talent and will be contenders next season. Also, I’m pretty sure you just invented the triple negative.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:20 AM

      The probability that Boston wins another WS before Napoli retires is less than 0.50. Winning the WS is hard.

      • aceshigh11 - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:13 AM

        They’ve won 3 in 9 years. If Napoli plays another 8, it’s definitely possible. I’d go with 50/50.

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        Napoli is 32. The odds of him playing 8 more years are essentially 0. Three position players 40 or older played in MLB last year (Ibanez, Blanco, Giambi).

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:15 AM

        Yes, they have won 3 in 9 years, they have also won 3 in 95 years. Winning the WS is hard. Remember when the Yankees won 4 in 5 years? They’ve won once in the last 13 years generally having good to great teams that entire time. Winning the WS is hard.

      • aceshigh11 - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        Good point, good point.

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

        Of course, now that I said that, the RS will probably win 3 of the next 4.

      • aceshigh11 - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Ugh.

        Even as a Red Sox fan, that level of success would get insufferable FAST, especially with how certain segments of the Boston-area fanbase comport themselves.

      • boston992 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        The reason the Yankees haven’t won is because of the deals they gave to Rodriguez, Texeira, Jeter, etc. The Sox did the same thing with Gonzalez, Crawford, Beckett, but thankfully the Dodgers took those problems off of their hands. If you think about the rosters of the 04, 07, and 13 Red Sox, they all had pretty good pitching, pretty good relievers/closers, and one or two batters who could pound the ball. Every other player, aside from Ortiz, Ramirez, etc was an average to slightly above average player. Look at their roster for the 2013 LDS, ALCS, and WS; other than big thumpers like Oritz and Napoli, the other players did the little things it takes to win; stealing a base, taking an extra base on a hit, working the opposing pitchers into deep counts. Those are the things the Sox have done over the last nine years that the Yankees have not. It will take them years to recover from the bad contracts they have signed over the last decade, and they don’t have a well stocked farm system that supplies good inexpensive players. The Yankees have always been really good at this, and when they got away from it is when their problems started.

  2. xpensivewinos - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    If I were Boston, I would let him go…….

    • aphillieated - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:31 AM

      That’s impossible. A person can’t be a city.

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:21 AM

        But according to our politicians, for reasons of political donation, I am sure a city can be a person.

  3. cur68 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    drunkmikenapolis says: “Arlington is not a baseball town!”

    • bendover09 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      When will you morons realize Arlington and Dallas are too seperate areas .. Dallas is football country & Arlington has ALWAYS been home of the Rangers. Arlington has always been a baseball town.

      • km9000 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:16 AM

        Yeah, I’m surprised people in Arlington spend their fall/winter Sundays perusing old box scores and playing strat-o-matic baseball…

      • cur68 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:18 AM

        Meh. Arlington/Dallas. Whatever. All Texan Cities look the same to me.

      • Old Gator - Nov 15, 2013 at 6:54 AM

        “too separate areas” – I suspect that abyssal level of illiteracy reveals the skulking presence of our virtual village idiot, Dirty Harry.

      • NatsLady - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:09 AM

        @OG– “too seperate areas.” Plus, no question mark. .

  4. bendover09 - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    Texas / Cali produce the most MLB talent out of the states .. you’re right not a baseball town . Cur, please tell us what your little state has to offer that Texas does not have already .

    • cur68 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:59 AM

      I’m from Canada. Let me count that which My People have that yours do not…
      -Socialized medicine (There. I win. But, since you called me names, I’m going to keep going, just to irritate you)
      -Maple Syrup
      -Commonly ranked among the top 10 best nations to live in
      -Commonly ranked among the top 10 best education systems
      -Thriving economy
      -Repelled an invading American army in 1812 and burned y’shizzle (that’s why the White House is white: we burned it so y’all painted it white to cover the soot stains. Next time, don’t invade us).
      -Shania Twain
      -Sled Dogs
      -Seal Blubber
      -Captain Kirk
      -Scotty (Seriously. He was a Canadian WWII war hero)
      -An outstanding sense of humour

      • Old Gator - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:01 AM

        You were doing fine until “Shania Twain.” What, no Anne Murray?

        Nyuknyuknyuk….

        But here’s some stuff you left out:

        -poutine
        -cheap lobster
        -cryptozoological phenomenon in Lake Ogopogo
        -smoked meat sandwiches
        -Margaret Trudeau
        -cabbage borscht
        -Caplansky’s deli in general
        -the smoked meat donuts at Caplansky’s
        -The Dakota
        -Cowboy Junkies
        -Skydiggers
        -Margo Timmins
        -Margo Timmins
        -Margo Timmins
        -Margo Timmins
        (ad infinitum)

      • tc4306 - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

        Anyone who knows about Margo Timmins can’t be all bad.

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Gator,

        Everything about Miss Shania Twain is fine.

        Period.

      • Old Gator - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM

        Except her singing. Oh, the voice is okay – just okay – but the choice of material is pure pap.

  5. theskinsman - Nov 15, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    3 World series wins in the last 10 years. Does Texas have that?

  6. mvd513 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    Mike Napoli is a well-spoken individual.

    • Old Gator - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      For a white ballplayer, anyway….

  7. markofapro - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Dang, Cur, you forgot Tim Horton’s!
    Bendover- you’re an embarrassment to us Texans. You have no idea about catchers, spread misinformation about draft picks, and have zero intelligence about the Rangers (other than what you copy and paste from blogs!)

    • cur68 - Nov 15, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Actually, I don’t really care for Timmy Ho’s. Others do, and I won’t say they are wrong, but I think McDonalds makes better coffee and I don’t eat doughnuts. Still, TIMMY HO’s! Great name for a franchise.

  8. sportsfan18 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    COULD he return to the Rangers? Yes, he could.

    The question shouldn’t be could he return there because he could.

    The question should be WILL he return to the Rangers?

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