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James Paxton strains his pectoral muscle

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Bad news for the Mariners last night as James Paxton was lifted from his start against the Angels due to a left pectoral strain.

Paxton had been pitching well, having allowed three runs and working in the seventh inning when he was seen rubbing his upper left chest before being taken out. He’ll have an MRI today and the Mariners will know more about his condition.

Paxton has been the ace for Seattle this year, picking up the slack in a rotation that has seen Felix Hernandez go down to multiple injuries. Paxton is 12-3 this year with a 2.78 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 138/33 in 119.2 innings across 20 starts. The Mariners are 59-57 and stand in a tie with the Tampa Bay Rays for the second Wild Card.

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.