The Yankees would pay Lackey A.J. Burnett money

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That’s $82.5 million over five years, but according to SI’s Jon Heyman, Lackey “sees himself in a higher echelon than Burnett.” I think he’s right to see himself that way. He’s not as erratic as Burnett, and as Heyman notes in the article, the Yankees admire his toughness.

Given the massive increase in revenue the Yankees realized after the new park opened, and given that the World Champions had to rely on a three man rotation in order to win the World Series — with one of those men being the 37 year-old Andy Pettitte — you have to figure that the Yankees have leaked out that $82.5 million figure as a starting point for Lackey, not a ceiling.

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.