Quote of the Day: Rickey Henderson on how to be a good base stealer

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It all begins with one thing: getting on base. And that, in turn, begins with one thing:

“Learn the strike zone,” he said. “What is your strike zone? Stay inside your strike zone.”

Henderson gave an interview to USA Today about all of this while at the Yankees Old Timers Day yesterday. In it he talked about the role of the leadoff man and plate patience in general. It’s good stuff.

Those dudes who of late have been writing the “batters are being too patient and are trying too hard to work the count” stories should probably ask Rickey about that.

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.