Day 2 of Manny and the Isotopes

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Manny Ramirez played his second game at Triple-A last night, going 0-for-1 with a walk before exiting after four innings in what ended up being a rain-soaked 15-inning marathon.

Ramirez walked on four pitches to lead off the game and then grounded
out to shortstop in his second plate appearance, making him 0-for-3
with a walk through two games with Albuquerque.

He’s scheduled to play seven innings there today before moving on to
Single-A Inland Empire, where he’ll play as many as four more games
leading up to his July 3 return from suspension.

“I’m getting ready to play the game physically and mentally,”
Ramirez said. “The first thing is getting my legs ready to play. I have
to get used to the speed of games. I didn’t play for a long time.”

So far Ramirez has missed 43 of a scheduled 50 games, with the
Dodgers going 26-17 (.605) in his absence while extending their lead in
the NL West from 6.5 games to 7.5 games. You know, just like we predicted.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.