At the Tigers-Indians game on Saturday Indians legend Omar Vizquel threw out the first pitch. He sailed the thing all the way to the backstop. This guy was a major leaguer less than a year ago and he couldn’t throw a ball to another player standing 60 feet away. It was … bad.
This first pitch, from a game in Japan on Friday, however, was not bad. It was all kinds of good. Even if it hurts every muscle in my body to watch it:
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.