David Wright still thinks he’ll play this year

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Why? Because he’s a baseball player and they want to play, even if it makes little tactical sense. But nevertheless:

 

Hamstrings can be a big pain, subject to re-aggravation and compensation injuries elsewhere if they’re not 100%. It sure would be unfortunate if Wright’s offseason workout schedule was compromised due to an injury in some meaningless game in the last two weeks of the season. But I suppose that’s between him, his doctor and his hamstring.

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.