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Napoli hitting free agency with a new mindset

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07:23 AM ET 10.21 | From where he started with the Red Sox to now, life sure has changed in Boston for Mike Napoli -- who had a three-year $39 million deal scrapped for a one-year deal that required incentives to hit $13 million for 2013. He earned $8 million in incentives for hitting benchmark numbers for plate appearances and days spent on the active roster after notching 578 plate appearances and not spending a day on the DL all season. "I'm a little more confident about negotiating a contract now that I've shown all year that my hips aren't an issue, but I'm sure I'm going to have to go through all the steps again, with all the MRIs and talking to doctors," Napoli said. "They're always going to say, 'What if?' But what if I got hit in the hand or got hurt in some other way that had nothing to do with my hips? So many things can happen."

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October 21, 2013  07:40 AM ET

Maybe Jon Daniels will admit he made a stupid mistake and bring him back. Rangers have lots of issues especially some bats!

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October 21, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Maybe Jon Daniels will admit he made a stupid mistake and bring him back. Rangers have lots of issues especially some bats!

He has also done a nice job defensively at first base.

October 21, 2013  08:46 AM ET

Not sure he's worth $13 million/year for more than a year to year deal.
Good guy, decent fielder, but a streaky hitter.

October 21, 2013  09:11 AM ET
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Not sure he's worth $13 million/year for more than a year to year deal.Good guy, decent fielder, but a streaky hitter.

he would still be an upgrade to the dismal offensive performance the Rangers threw out on the field this year.

October 21, 2013  09:11 AM ET

I'd say Napoli is good with the glove to a point but his positioning still leaves something to be desired. Sometimes, he is just in the wrong place.

October 21, 2013  09:17 AM ET

Would be nice if he could still catch, even if it's just for a game or 2, like when they go to St. Louis and lose the DH.

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October 21, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Would be nice if he could still catch, even if it's just for a game or 2, like when they go to St. Louis and lose the DH.

I think that's asking too much given his known medical problems.

October 21, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Hey, norman. Were you feeling alright yesterday?I just read the 'Kershaw' thread from yesterday and I'm pretty sure that I disagreed with you more in that short, 45-comment thread, than I have during your existence on FanNation.

Crucifixion?

Good...

October 21, 2013  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Would be nice if he could still catch, even if it's just for a game or 2, like when they go to St. Louis and lose the DH.

Did he catch at all this past season? That might be asking too much.

October 21, 2013  09:52 AM ET
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Crucifixion?Good...

Oops, meant to quote #9...

October 21, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Did he catch at all this past season? That might be asking too much.

No he did not catch all season.

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October 21, 2013  10:01 AM ET
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I still don't understand it.

You seem to be hanging on an Indians cross this postseason.
Thinking of the classic scene from Life Of Brian.

October 21, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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No he did not catch all season.

My memory is that he was kind of a Piazza type who was a great hitter (depending upon the year) for a guy who could kind of catch...maybe Rudy Yorkish or Jimmie Foxxish for those who are into baseball history.

October 21, 2013  10:06 AM ET

10:06 and still no page 2.

 
October 21, 2013  10:11 AM ET

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