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No long-term extension for Mike Napoli

Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:57 am
Edited on: March 1, 2012 11:00 am
 
By Matt Snyder

While fellow World Series catcher Yadier Molina is soon to officially sign a five-year, $75 million contract extension, Mike Napoli has chosen a different route. The Rangers backstop told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that talks on a long-term extension have been "squashed."

“I’d love to be here, but I’ll test the market,” Napoli said (Star-Telegram). “Every player plays to get to free agency. But it’s not something I’m going to worry about. That’s why I have my agent.”

It's an interesting decision for Napoli. He was long adored by fantasy baseball players and stat-heads for his power, but never really allowed to fully blossom due to the Angels not believing he was good enough to hack it defensively. But with one of the best offensive second halves in baseball (1.171 OPS) and a huge postseason -- both offensively and defensively -- Napoli's value has never been higher.

In 2011, Napoli hit .320/.414/.631 with 30 home runs in just 369 plate appearances. He then hit .350/.464/.700 with two homers and 10 RBI in the World Series. It's often been said the Rangers were one strike away from winning the World Series, so in that same light you can say Napoli was one strike away from being World Series MVP. And he's wildly popular amongst Rangers fans, too.

Basically, it's the perfect time to cash in. So why isn't he doing so? It could be the Rangers are weary of paying a guy for his career year and low-balled him. It could be he believes he's going to go out and prove he can hit like he did in the second half all season, every season -- in which case he'll get a gargantuan deal next offseason. It's hard to tell without having heard all the behind-the-scenes discussions.

All we know now is that Mike Napoli will be a free agent after this season.

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Comments

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 10:56 pm
 

No long-term extension for Mike Napoli

Mike Who? Whoever posted that didn't watch the post season last year. The real key to the playoff were Beltre, Napoli and Cruz. Those are the guys that really need to be locked in with Kinsler, Elvis and Hamilton.

Still let's see what you can do this year Nap. I hope you get paid next year.



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 5:13 pm
 

No long-term extension for Mike Napoli

It'a always Naptober in Arlington!

Let's Go Rangers!



Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:05 pm
 

No long-term extension for Mike Napoli

 I'd argue that Napoli's BIG numbers were largely because of the overall lineup of the Rangers, just like Werth with the Phillies
Look a little deeper, my friend. Over the last 4 years, Napoli has had one of the better HR to AB ratio's in the game. If Scioscia played him more in Los Angeheim, instead of that lump of crap Jeff Mathis, Napoli would have probably had 4 straight 25-30 HR seasons, which at the catcher position is unheard of these days. Defensive shortcomings aside, Napoli has legit power and considering how stupidly overpaid Yadier Molina just got, I think it's a good move on Napoli's part to test the market.



Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:59 pm
 

No long-term extension for Mike Napoli

If he's looking for more playing time, I can't blame him.  He's a player that should be in the lineup every day, either as catcher, 1st base, or DH.  The Rangers platooned him often last year, even the day after he was coming off monsterous games.  Napoli is too good of a player to only be playing in 3 or 4 games a week.



Since: Jan 6, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:35 pm
 

No long-term extension for Mike Napoli

You can't blame either side here for their position. Each side is taking a gamble, especially Napoli. But he's also in the position to reap the biggest reward from winning the gamble. It all makes perfect sense to me, but I'd argue that Napoli's BIG numbers were largely because of the overall lineup of the Rangers, just like Werth with the Phillies. You put Werth on a regular team and he lokked, well, werth-less, but he did get the big $$$. If I was Napoli. I'd have a huge incentive to stay in Texas with that loaded lineup to avoid the werth slump. I'd want to keep winning and terrorizing pitcher than cashing in on an extra few million $$$.



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 12:14 pm
 

No long-term extension for Mike Napoli

100% agree. This guy needs to be cashing in now. He wont keep up his pace from the second half of last year. Hes been in the league how many years now? Not everyone is a jose bautista. 



Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:04 am
 

No long-term extension for Mike Napoli

Mike who?? 


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