Two days later, Indians reclaim infielder Wes Hodges

1 Comment

Wes Hodges, the Indians’ second-round pick in 2006, was reclaimed on waivers Thursday after being lost to the Rockies just two days earlier.
The Indians originally designated Hodges for assignment on July 27, back when they still had Kerry Wood, Jhonny Peralta, Jake Westbrook, and Austin Kearns all occupying 40-man roster spots. Suddenly free of their roster jam, they were happy to take him back after the Rockies tried to slip him through waivers.
Hodges was considered expendable initially after hitting just .270/.316/.423 in 366 at-bats for Triple-A Columbus. The Georgia Tech product looked like a strong prospect through 2008, but there were always questions about his ability to stay at third base and he’s been a big disappointment offensively since moving to first base last year. Because he turns 26 next month, he has to be considered a long shot to make it in the majors.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

Rick Yeatts/Getty Images
Leave a comment

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.