Report: Rangers sign Mike Napoli to one-year deal worth $8.5 million
The Texas Rangers have agreed to a one-year deal worth $8.5 million with first baseman Mike Napoli, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden.
Napoli's deal also includes a team option for a second year, according to Bowden.
This will be his third stint in Texas. He played for the Rangers from 2011-2012 before leaving for the Red Sox on a three-year deal. He returned to Texas in August 2015 in a trade with Boston.
Napoli is coming off a season in which he hit 34 home runs with a .239 batting average for the Cleveland Indians. Last season, he signed a one-year deal worth $7 million.
The Rangers could also use him as a designated hitter after the departure of Mitch Moreland and Carlos Beltran leaves a void in the lineup.