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Texas Rangers rumors: Mike Napoli 2018 option declined

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Per Evan Grant, the Rangers are not picking up Mike Napoli’s 2018 club option

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Texas Rangers rumors: Mike Napoli, first baseman for the Texas Rangers in 2017, will be a free agent, per Evan Grant, who says the team has informed Napoli they are not picking up his 2018 club option.

The Rangers signed Napoli last offseason to a one year, $6 million deal with an $11 million team option for 2018 that included a $2.5 million buyout. After Napoli put up a disappointing .193/.285/.428 slash line in 485 plate appearances before being shut down for the second half of September due to a leg injury, the decision to decline the option appeared to be a foregone conclusion.

The plan at this point appears to be for Joey Gallo to be the team’s starting first baseman in 2018, although that could change depending on other moves, or if Ronald Guzman, who had a decent season at Round Rock at first base in 2017, shows he’s ready to assume a major league job this spring.