Quote of the Day: Brian Cashman on Joba Chamberlain

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Brian Cashman has been the lead B.S. detector when it comes to the weight of Yankees pitchers.  The other day he questioned whether CC Sabathia had lost 30 pounds.  Sabathia had actually lost 25, though, so Cashman is maybe a bit pessimistic when it comes to these things. But I’ll admit I’m having trouble reading the guy when it comes to his views of Joba Chamberlain’s alleged packing on the muscle:

“He’s heavier, we’ll just leave it at that,” Cashman said.

Told that Chamberlain said he packed on muscle, Cashman said: “He’s obviously heavier. That’s as much as I’ll say.”

Asked if he expected Chamberlain to be lighter by camp’s end, Cashman declined comment.

“He’s heavier,” Cashman said.

Stop the double talk, man? What are you saying?  Are you saying he’s heavier?

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.