You may remember Tony Campana as the speedy outfielder used infrequently by the Cubs between 2011 and ’12. Over those two seasons, Campana stole 54 bases (including 15 steals of third base) in 59 attempts and was on base 106 times, 96 of which were via single, walk, or hit by pitch. In other words, in about one out of every two times Campana reached base, he attempted to steal a base and was successful 91.5 percent of the time.
The Diamondbacks acquired Campana in a trade with the Cubs this February and had him start the year with Triple-A Reno. In 62 plate appearances, Campana is only hitting .192 but has stolen six bases in as many attempts, and it includes a trifecta he achieved yesterday: he stole second, third, and home during the same at-bat. Watch it below:
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times unloaded a lot of interesting news items about the Rays last night, including a report that the Rays might have “mutual interest” in a deal with free agent first baseman/DH Mike Napoli. The Rangers declined Napoli’s $11 million option earlier this month and owe the veteran infielder a $2.5 million buyout.
Napoli, 36, had a strange year in Texas. He turned in 29 home runs, good for 11th-most among AL hitters, but finished the year batting just .193/.285/.428 over 485 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, his -0.5 fWAR was the worst mark of his career to date, but on the bright side, he should come cheap for a team looking to swap out their veterans come spring.
Of course, the specifics of the Rays’ offseason plan have yet to be divulged — or, by all accounts from Topkin, even decided on. The club could go the refurbishment route, changing out some of their higher-paid veterans for a mix of prospects and cheaper aging players; or they could opt for a full rebuild, which Topkin cautions against as it could have a negative effect on the financing of a new ballpark. Either way, the Rays figure to offload some of their bigger contracts this winter, and will need to decide if they want to retain Alex Colome, Chris Archer, Wilson Ramos, Evan Longoria and others before pursuing any other major free agents.