There’s a fine line between being colorful and being a jerk

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Indians closer Chris Perez has a reputation for being a colorful, say-anything-at-any-time kind of guy.  But you know what? Even though that wears well enough on a winning team, it wears awfully on a losing team.  Just take his post game interview from yesterday:

Reporter: How have you managed to stay sharp between save opportunities?

Perez: “I’ve had a lot of practice this year …

…  Reporter: What’s been your routine because you wouldn’t expect to go six, seven or eight games between save opportunities?

Perez: “Have you watched us this year? We haven’t been in seven or eight games in a row.”

Truth? Sure. But when a closer talks about his team not being in games so that he hasn’t had save opportunities, I can’t imagine his teammates appreciate it.

And keep in mind: this is a Chris Perez who has decided not to say much to the media as the season ends due to some other recent controversial comments.  Indeed, he ended this interview by saying “It will be a fun last couple of days of the season when I’m allowed to talk again.”

I imagine his teammates figure he already talks too much.

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.