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Napoli Signs One Year Deal With Rangers



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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Nelson Cruz #17, Mike Napoli #25 and David Murphy #7 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after a Napoli three-run home run in the sixth inning during Game Four of the MLB World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 23, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    Catcher Mike Napoli and the Texas Rangers have finalized a $9.4 million, one-year contract, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing.

    After spending his first five major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Napoli set career highs last season by hitting .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs in 113 games while the Rangers won their second consecutive American League pennant.

    He started 57 games at catcher, 27 at first base and 18 as the designated hitter.

    Napoli is getting a raise from $5.8 million last season. He had asked for $11.5 million, and the Rangers had offered $8.3 million.

    The 30-year-old Napoli was Texas' last remaining unsigned arbitration-eligible player.
    The Rangers announced the deal on Sunday.