Chris Sale strikes out 11 in rehab start

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White Sox left-hander Chris Sale looked good enough in his first minor-league rehab start that it’s possible there won’t be a second rehab start, striking out 11 batters in four shutout innings at Triple-A last night.

In terms of dominance that signals he’s probably ready to rejoin the White Sox after missing time with a strained flexor muscle, but because Sale threw only 68 pitches he may need one more start to build back arm strength before coming off the disabled list.

Here’s some video of the rehab start from our friends at CSNChicago.com:

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.