The Cardinals and starter Lance Lynn had a scary moment in the top of the third inning against the Royals on Thursday evening. Lorenzo Cain squarely hit a 1-2 fastball from Lynn right back up the middle, striking the hurler in the head. The ball ricocheted all the way into right-center field.
Lynn stayed in the game, somehow. He finished the evening giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and five walks with three strikeouts in six innings.
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.