Yoenis Cespedes picked up his major league-leading 10th outfield assist when he threw out Giancarlo Stanton at the plate from left field to end the bottom of the third inning against the Marlins.
With runners on first and second base with two outs, Garrett Jones hit a soft line drive to left field. Cespedes charged in and got the ball on two hops, then fired a strike to catcher Derek Norris on the fly, who then tagged Stanton for the final out of the inning.
Note to opponents of the Athletics: don’t run on Cespedes.
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.