Mike Napoli: “I’ll test the [free agent] market”

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The Cardinals’ five-year, $75 million contract with catcher Yadier Molina is already creating quite a ripple effect around the major leagues.

Miguel Montero officially cut off long-term talks on Wednesday afternoon with the D’Backs, and now Mike Napoli has done the same with the Rangers.

Napoli told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram late Wednesday evening that multi-year contract negotiations have been “squashed” and are unlikely to be reopened.

“I’d love to be here, but I’ll test the market,” Napoli said. “Every player plays to get to free agency. But it’s not something I’m going to worry about. That’s why I have my agent.”

The 30-year-old catcher hit .320/.414/.631 with 30 homers and 75 RBI in 113 games last year. He’s not nearly as strong defensively as Molina, but another season of big-time slugging could yield serious dollar signs.

Freddie Freeman’s X-rays come back negative

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The Braves got a scare last night after first baseman Freddie Freeman was hit on the left wrist by a Hoby Milner fastball in the bottom of the eighth inning. It was doubly scary given that, less than a year ago, the same wrist was fractured when Aaron Loup plunked him last year, causing Freeman to miss over a month and a half.

Good news, though: the Braves just announced that Freeman’s X-rays are negative and that he’s day-to-day.

On the season, Freeman is batting .288/.468/.492 with two home runs, 12 RBI, and 12 runs scored in 79 plate appearances.