Most teams are packing up trucks to send to spring training. Many writers are taking pics of the preparations said teams are making for the journey. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com has, by far, the best pic of truck packing I’ve seen so far. Even if it’s a tad chilling:
Those sausages must have crossed the wrong dude. But it’s all in the game, yo. They knew what they were getting into.
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.