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Mike Napoli (1B,LF)

Cleveland Indians

Bats: R, Throws: R

The Indians signed 1B Mike Napoli to a $7M deal pending medical which will take place on Friday. (Source: Paul Hoynes on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The acquisition gives the Indians some much needed power against left-handed pitching but further complicates their 1B / DH situation. Carlos Santana will likely move to DH with Chris Johnson getting playing time in the outfield. Napoli produced a dominating .954 OPS vs LHP in 2015 but struggled to just .603 OPS vs RHP. This was the fourth straight year that his OPS vs RHP has dropped (.861, .816, .703). The 34-year-old enjoyed six straight 20+ home run seasons, followed by 17, 18, 18 in the last three years. If healthy, Napoli can offer good production for a low draft pick but bear in mind that he was outscored last season by the undrafted Mark Canha and Justin Bour.


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Mike Napoli's two-run homer capped a four-run third inning for Texas and the Rangers went on to defeat Detroit 6-2 Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Napoli's only official at-bat of the game resulted in his 18th round-tripper of the season and the two RBI gave him 50 for the season.


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Mike Napoli crushed a three-run homer off of AL Cy Young candidate Dallas Keuchel as part of a six run first inning in the Rangers 14-3 blowout of Houston tonight. Napoli finished the night 2-for-3.

Fantasy Impact: It's been an "all or nothing" year for Napoli as the home run was his 17th of the year, but only upped his season RBI total to 47. Additionally, he has struggled all season at the plate as he is batting just .210 for the year.


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Mike Napoli hits a home run

Sun, Aug 23rd 5:13pm EDT
By Mitch Cox

Mike Napoli launched his 15th home run of the season, a shot over the left field fence in the Rangers 4-2 win over Detroit today.

Fantasy Impact: The recently reacquired Napoli blasted a Blaine Hardy pitch over the wall giving the Rangers an important insurance run. He finished the day 2-for-4.


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Texas manager Jeff Bannister didn't waste any time getting Mike Napoli back into the Rangers fold. The recently acquired Napoli rejoined his old club and got the start today at first base in the Rangers 11-3 win over Seattle.

Fantasy Impact: Napoli went 0-for-2 but did score a run in his return to the Rangers. Both the Rangers and Napoli are hoping that a reunion will do him good as he entered the day's action hitting just .205. However, he does have 13 home runs and 40 RBI and the Rangers need some power from the right side.


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Mike Napoli has been traded to the Rangers, Rob Bradford of reports. The teams have yet to officially announce the deal, but it sounds like the Rangers have landed the right-handed bat they've been seeking. (Source: Rob Bradford on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli has been on a surge since the All Star break and has been salvaging a very disappointing season. Napoli should be able to take his hot hitting into Texas and could be a fantasy option if he is on your waiver wire.


Mike Napoli starting to heat up

Sat, Aug 1st 7:29am EDT
By John Aubin

Mike Napoli slugged a two-run homer, drew two walks, and scored two runs in Friday's 7-5 win over the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: After a season long slump, Mike Napoli is finally coming around. In the last two weeks, Napoli is hitting .342 with three home runs and nine runs batted in. If you are a desperate for a first baseman in your fantasy league, take a look at Napoli.


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Mike Napoli homers in loss

Thu, Jul 30th 7:30am EDT
By John Aubin

Mike Napoli had a homer, an RBI double and a walk Wednesday against the White Sox.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli continues to hit well after a season long slump. Since the All-Star break, he has gone 12-for-36 with two homers and five doubles. If you need help at first in your fantasy league, you may want to consider Napoli.


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Mike Napoli breaking out of slump

Mon, Jul 27th 6:57am EDT
By John Aubin

Mike Napoli went 2-for-4 with two RBI an a walk in Sunday night's win over Detroit. He's 10-for-28 (.357) with five extra-base hits and five RBI since the All-Star break

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli has better second half numbers in his career. And so far this season seems to follow the trend. Keep an eye on Napoli to see if he can continue to hit. More than likely he is on the waiver wire and could bring depth at first base for a fantasy team.


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Mike Napoli with a HR Thursday

Fri, Jul 24th 12:20am EDT
By Jamie Mellor

Mike Napoli went 3-for-4 on Thursday. He hit a solo HR and later doubled in another run.

Fantasy Impact: He is a tricky call. However, his .206 batting average makes it easy to make a case for leaving him on the wire in many leagues.


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Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a single and a hit-by-pitch in Friday's loss to the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli got his first start since Sunday as he is mired in a deep slump. Napoli needs to start hitting soon or he could lose his job. The Red Sox have been exploring other options. The rest may be what he needed to get on track.


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Mike Napoli was out of the Red Sox' lineup for the third straight game Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli is really struggling at the plate and the Red Sox are hoping some extended rest will help him to get back on track. He needs to turn things around soon as he is in danger of losing his job. He can be dropped in all fantasy leagues at this point.


The Red Sox do not plan to use David Ortiz as a replacement for Mike Napoli on a regular basis, the Providence Journal reports. Napoli, who has five hits in his last 46 at-bats (.109), was given a day off Sunday. (Source: Porvidence Journal)

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli has been pretty much awful the whole season. Other than a few power outbursts his hitting has been terrible as he is hitting .192. It is getting to the point the Red Sox may have to make a decision on Napoli if he cannot start hitting. He is droppable in all leagues.


Manager John Farrell might give Mike Napoli a rest Wednesday night against Baltimore's Bud Norris, against whom Napoli is 2-for-15 with eight strikeouts, the Boston Globe reports. "We're looking at matchups for the rest of the series, particularly tomorrow against Norris, where even when Mike has gone well, that's been a tough matchup for him," Farrell said. (Source: Boston Globe)

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli has been really struggling at the plate. He finished 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on Tuesday night to drop his average to .199. Other than the occasional home run, Napoli has not done much this season. First base is not a deep position this year but if you can find a better option on a waiver wire it is time to drop Napoli.


Mike Napoli hits solo home run

Thu, Jun 18th 6:22am EDT
By John Aubin

Mike Napoli hit his 10th homer of the year, which was a solo shot, and drew a walk Wednesday against the Braves.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli has struggled all season at the plate and has been hovering around the Mendoza line hitting around .200 for the last couple of weeks. He has been hitting home runs but not enough to make him a value in fantasy leagues.


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Mike Napoli snapped an 0-for-18 skid with a fourth-inning single in Tuesday's win over the Braves. He later added a double and finished the day 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: In what was supposed to be a comeback year, Mike Napoli has struggled this season. The two hits yesterday put Napoli's batting average back over .200 for the season. But if his struggles continue he could be in danger of losing his job. Until Napoli can show some consistency he is droppable in all leagues.


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Mike Napoli sits again on Sunday

Sun, Jun 14th 10:06pm EDT
By John Aubin

Mike Napoli is out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. (Source: Pete Abraham on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli has been given two days off in a row as he is slumping starting off the month of June. So far this month he is just 7-for-41 (.171 average) with 16 strikeouts.


Mike Napoli has a big weekend

Mon, May 25th 6:13am EDT
By John Aubin

Mike Napoli had two hits, a walk and four RBI in Sunday's win over the Angels. He homered for the third straight game.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli has broken out of his season long slump and in the last seven games he has hit five home runs and and hit 9-for-21. Napoli has been dropped in many leagues due to his poor start. It may be a good time to pick him up as this could be the start of the season everyone expected from Napoli.


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Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer and walked twice in Sunday's win over the Blue Jays.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli has been trying to break out of his season long slump. Sunday could be the day he starts his break out that many thought he would have this year. Napoli has reached safely in the last five games he has played and has moved his average up to .172 for the year.


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Mike Napoli went 1-for-3 with a 3-run HR yesterday in a loss vs the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Napoli has had his fantasy owners puzzled with his early struggles at the plate. He's only batting .167 so far this year with 2 HRS and 7 RBI. The HR he hit yesterday could be a sign of him breaking out of his beginning of the season slump, so look for him to start producing the way he was projected to in this potent Red Sox lineup.


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Mike Napoli hit a two-run home run off of Wei-Yin Chen in Saturday's extra-innings loss to the Orioles. Napoli went 3 for 4 in the game to raise his average to .183.

Fantasy Impact: Big things were expected of Mike Napoli coming into the season. He is the healthiest he's been in years. And being in the middle of a stacked lineup gives him protection and plenty of chances to drive in runs. But Napoli has been ice cold as his stats show. This could be the start of a hitting streak so keep an eye on Napoli if he is on your waiver wire.


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Mike Napoli went 2-for-3 with a RBI double and a walk Wednesday night in a 7-5 loss to the Rays.

Fantasy Impact: Napoli has struggled early on this season, batting under .200 so far has fantasy owners baffled after his impressive Spring Training numbers.He seems to be breaking out of his mini-slump with a 2-for-3 outing. Even though, the hits haven't fallen in for him yet Napoli has drawn 10 walks so he has value if your league has OBP as a stat category.


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Mike Napoli will not be in the starting lineup when Boston opens its season in Philadelphia on Monday.

Fantasy Impact: Playing the Phillies in their home park means no DH for the Red Sox. That means a move of David Ortiz to first base and Mike Napoli sits. Napoli will not play much in the series and should be benched if you own him. Once Boston gets on their normal schedule, Napoli should be the regular first baseman with Ortiz as DH.


Mike Napoli hit his 4th home run of the spring on a broken bat fly ball over the Ft. Myers Monster. On the day he went 2 for 2 with a walk and is now batting .433 for Spring Training.

Fantasy Impact: With off-season sleep apnea surgery now in his rearview mirror, Napoli has gotten off on the right foot in Spring Training. Napoli has the potential to put up some very solid counting stats hitting down in a loaded Red Sox lineup. You may not want to count on him as your starting 1B, but you could steal him in a draft (ADP ~260) and use him as your CI with good results.


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Mike Napoli finished his day against Tampa Bay going 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a KO. All his production came by way of a 3rd inning home run against Ray's starter Nathan Karns.

Fantasy Impact: Coming off of off-season sleep apnea surgery, Napoli is now hitting .370 for the spring with 3 HRs. Always a streaky hitter, Napoli still figures to see regular time at first base for Boston although most projection systems have him seeing just a hair under 500 ABs. This is a realistic expectation since the Red Sox are very meticulous when managing Napoli's work load and have plenty of other options at 1B. That being said, Napoli could still deliver 20 or so HRs with nearly 80 RBIs in a stacked Boston lineup.


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Mike Napoli returned to action Thursday after missing a week with an ankle injury. He went 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Fantasy Impact: Mike Napoli is having a good spring training and In 23 spring at-bats, Napoli is hitting .391. He is currently being drafted towards the end of fantasy drafts right now with his average ADP at 260. Napoli could be a good pickup if you need some power of the bench or depth at first base.


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Mike Napoli will be out for a few days with a sore right ankle. The first baseman described it as “nothing serious.” (Source: Boston Herald)

Fantasy Impact: Hopefully this injury is nothing serious like Mike Napoli says. Napoli has secured the starting first base job this season for Boston. He has a chance to have a strong year being healthy and hitting in a strong lineup. He is currently going at the end of the fantasy drafts and in some cases not being drafted at all. He is a good pickup for someone needing some power in their lineup as they get in the later rounds.


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Following offseason sleep apnea surgery, Mike Napoli has been dreaming for the 1st time in 8 years. (Source: NESN)

Fantasy Impact: The fact the Mike Napoli has carved himself out a nice MLB career without getting a good nights sleep is impressive in and of itself. He's always been a streaky hitter and that's unlikely to change, but you have to figure that sleeping better can only help the 33 year old entering a contract year. Napoli is also projected to hit down the in Red Sox order where he has seen the most success in his career.


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Mike Napoli is entering his 9th season in the MLB and his 3rd with the Red Sox. Only playing in 119 games last year for the Sox, Napoli will look to have a bounce back year in '15.

Fantasy Impact: As Mike Napoli enters his 3rd season with the Red Sox he will look to rebound from a lack luster season in '14. Napoli only had 55 RBI in '14 down from the previous years 92. Napoli projects to hit 7th in a very potent and balanced line-up for the Red Sox in '15. Napoli should see a lot of people on base hitting out of the 7 hole and should come around 80 RBI range for the Red Sox.