Adam Rosales gets foot surgery, doubtful for Opening Day

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Adam Rosales has a secret.  Or, he did.

The A’s utilityman informed Jane Lee of MLB.com on Thursday that he underwent surgery on his right foot on December 8 and will need another two or three months to get back to 100 percent health.

In other words, Rosales is not going to be ready when spring training begins and is likely to open the 2011 season on the disabled list.

He is aiming to begin playing in live spring games on March 15, but he’ll only meet that goal if he avoids setbacks and that still leaves him with just two weeks to prepare for the start of the 2011 season.  The 27-year-old will probably be asked to take some reps at Triple-A Sacramento before joining the A’s around mid-April.

Rosales hit .271/.321/.400 with seven homers and 31 RBI over 255 at-bats last season.  He is expected to serve as a utilityman for Oakland in 2011 once he is fully rehabbed.

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.