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Mets to promote Dominic Smith on Friday

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets will promote first base prospect Dominic Smith from Triple-A Las Vegas to the majors on Friday.

Smith, 22, is the Mets’ No. 2 prospect behind Amed Rosario, according to MLB Pipeline. At Triple-A this season, Smith hit .330/.386/.519 with 16 home runs and 76 RBI in 500 plate appearances. He is also well-regarded for his defense at first base.

The Mets recently traded Lucas Duda to the Rays and Jay Bruce to the Indians, opening up more space for the Mets’ younger players. Despite struggling, Rosario has played every day at shortstop since being called up at the beginning of the month. Smith, too, should see regular playing time at first base.

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.