Rangers, Mike Napoli Avoid Arbitration

The Rangers have avoided arbitration with Mike Napoli, agreeing to a one-year, $9.4MM contract for 2012, MLBTR has learned. Agent Brian Grieper of Paragon Sports International represents Napoli.

Napoli had filed for $11.5MM, while the Rangers countered with $8.3MM, as MLBTR's Arbitration Tracker shows.  Napoli, 30, earned $5.8MM in 2011 and obtains the second-highest raise any third or fourth-time eligible position player has obtained (trailing just Prince Fielder). He is the fourth catcher in baseball history to average 20 home runs per year in his first six MLB seasons, joining Roy Campanella, Johnny Bench and Mike Piazza. The Rangers have now agreed to terms with all of their arbitration eligible players.


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37 Comments on "Rangers, Mike Napoli Avoid Arbitration"


John McFadin
3 years 6 months ago

I was expecting him to earn more.  Something around 10 million or so.  Good to hear there will be no hearings for the Rangers this year.

3 years 6 months ago

Well, $9.4M is pretty close to $10M lol

John McFadin
3 years 6 months ago

While somewhat close, people always forget (because of the enormity of contracts these days) that 600K is quite a big difference, haha.

3 years 6 months ago

Me too. 10M was what I was expecting, as he probably will look for a 80M/5Y or even 100M/6Y next offseason.

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

Napoli will not get $100 million

Madman2TX
3 years 6 months ago

Hopefully Napoli will have another monster season culminating in a World Series championship this year.

3 years 6 months ago

Window’s closed, Tex.

Kurisu Rg
3 years 6 months ago

Yeah, cause the 54 year-old Albert Pujols is gonna lead the otherwise punchless Anaheim offense into the promised land every year, right?

3 years 6 months ago

I’m an A’s fan, actually.

3 years 6 months ago

Dear Mr. Dierkes,

If my comment insinuating that Mike Napoli was a rabid steroid user was deleted, shouldn’t Kurisu Rg’s comment be deleted, as well? He seems to be insinuating that Albert Pujols faked his credentials to appear younger to the MLB. Both offenses are punished by MLB, so I think it is only right that you do the same. 

Thank you for keeping us all safe in the face of negative commentary by anonymous sources.

Love,
Goose

3 years 6 months ago

Reason #57895 why I should never engage in fan comments. Oy.

3 years 6 months ago

Huh?

3 years 6 months ago

You’re so cool, wow.

3 years 6 months ago

I know!

3 years 6 months ago

That is some elite company right there…

3 years 6 months ago

trading Naps(for a washed up Vernon Wells)  goes in the same catagory as letting Nolan Ryan go what were the Angels thinking, well what was Sciocia thinking cause he didnt like Naps. And he had a mancrush on a guy that couldnt hit his weight.The smartest thing Dipito did all off season was getting rid of Mathis.By the way I think Vernon Wells and Andrew Jones are working out together this off season….Ricky Henderson is better then both of them as we speak…..Ill take Ricky at 53 rather then Wells or Jones at 33

3 years 6 months ago

Agreed.  I think Mike Scioscia has been great for the team, but he sure had a brain freeze on Napoli and a man crush on Mathis. 

3 years 6 months ago

Napoli didn’t produce at half the clip he did in 2011 before he was traded. He was unfocused. He made several mental errors. He hit .182 with RISP. I don’t know if it was the trade or the protection of the Texas lineup, but it’s like a light-switch was flipped with him. That 2nd half of 2011 came out of nowhere. We’ll see if he comes back down to earth in 2012.

3 years 6 months ago

Napoli didn’t produce at half the clip he did in 2011 before he was traded. He was unfocused. He made several mental errors. He hit .182 with RISP. I don’t know if it was the trade or the protection of the Texas lineup, but it’s like a light-switch was flipped with him. That 2nd half of 2011 came out of nowhere. We’ll see if he comes back down to earth in 2012.

3 years 6 months ago

Are we sure on the largest raise? Alex Gordon? Rafeal Perez?

3 years 6 months ago

Gordon’s raise was 240%

3 years 6 months ago

I think Ben is referring to total dollars in a raise.

3 years 6 months ago

???

3 years 6 months ago

He meant an absolute raise (3.4M more), not the relative % of what he earned last year.

3 years 6 months ago

That doesn’t jibe, either. 

Anibal Sanchez – $4.3M
Shaun Marcum – $3.775M
Cole Hamels – $5.5M
Melky Cabrera – $4.75M
Tim Lincecum – $5M
Mike Napoli – $3.6M

Before you say, “Lincecum is a second time arb player,” that’s not how it works. It’s based on eligibility. 

3 years 6 months ago

You CLEARLY missed the words “position player”.
Sanchez – pitcher
Marcum – pitcher
Hamels – pitcher
Lincecum – pitcher, AND he specified 3rd or 4th time and explicitly NOT 2nd time, it’s EXACTLY how it works when that’s how it’s specified.

Melky Cabrera is a special case.  He was a free agent last year.  Not sure if he was eligible for arbitration last year after being non-tendered…

3 years 6 months ago

You’re absolutely right… did miss that.

For fun…. here’s all the position players 3rd or 4th (by Players “2011 MLST” “2011 Salary” “2012 Salary” “Increase”) Cabrera still beats out Napoli. Still…. nice bit of work with for him. Above average for his MLS

Players
2011

MLST
2011

Salary
2012

Salary
Increase

Michael Bourn
5.028
$4,400,000
$6,845,000
$2,445,000

Miguel Montero
5.031
$3,200,000
$5,900,000
$2,700,000

Jeff Baker
5.049
$1,180,000
$1,375,000
$195,000

Alex Gordon
4.092
$1,400,000
$4,755,000
$3,355,000

Erick Aybar
5.086
$3,000,000
$5,075,000
$2,075,000

Andre Ethier
5.153
$9,250,000
$10,950,000
$1,700,000

James Loney
5.012
$4,880,000
$6,375,000
$1,495,000

Russell Martin
5.150
$4,000,000
$7,500,000
$3,500,000

Hunter Pence
4.156
$6,900,000
$10,400,000
$3,500,000

Carlos Quentin
5.065
$5,050,000
$7,025,000
$1,975,000

Melky Cabrera
5.148
$1,250,000
$6,000,000
$4,750,000

Angel Pagan
5.144
$3,500,000
$4,650,000
$1,150,000

B.J. Upton
5.126
$4,830,000
$7,000,000
$2,170,000

Mike Napoli
5.151
$5,800,000
$9,400,000
$3,600,000

Kelly Johnson
6.127
$5,850,000
$6,375,000
$525,000

Jesus Flores
4.079
$750,000
$815,000
$65,000

3 years 6 months ago

Good for Mike!!!

tennisace13
3 years 6 months ago

Hopefully we can now get some multi-year deals with a few players as well.

Chillin_in_California
3 years 6 months ago

NAPOLI NAPOLI NAPOLI NAPOLI. Last year was the year of the Napoli this year will be the year of YUUUUUUUUUUUU.

gmenfan
3 years 6 months ago

Well, that’s what YU think anyways.

Chillin_in_California
3 years 6 months ago

Dude Yu killed it.

gmenfan
3 years 6 months ago

YU have no idea what YU are talking about.

3 years 6 months ago

So the Rangers go into arbitration season with 3 players heading towards hearings, thinking it would be nearly impossible to walk out without going to a single hearing, and yet manage to pull off just that.

3 years 6 months ago

So the Rangers go into arbitration season with 3 players heading towards hearings, thinking it would be nearly impossible to walk out without going to a single hearing, and yet manage to pull off just that.

Allen Aimar
3 years 6 months ago

McCann has also averaged more than 20 homeruns in his first 6 years. 

Allen Aimar
3 years 6 months ago

I guess if you count 2005, where he only had 204 ABs, he did not.  So I will self-correct.