It has been known for quite sometime, but the Rangers officially announced the addition of Mike Napoli this afternoon.
Napoli was seen at the Rangers' spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona, Wednesday, when took a physical. That comes in the form of a $6 million salary for 2017 and a club option in 2018, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal.
Napoli with #Rangers: One year, $8.5M guaranteed. He previously played for Texas for the 2011 and 2012 seasons, left to sign with the Boston Red Sox in 2013, and was then traded back to the Rangers in 2014.
Napoli is expected to be the primary first baseman for the Rangers and provide a needed big bat in the middle of their lineup. Last season, he swatted 34 homers and notched 101 RBI while hitting to a.239/.335/.465 triple-slash across 557 at-bats. This time around, he'll be limited to first base and DH, but should be expected to start almost every day. That was his first career season with more than 500 at-bats. He also struggled in the postseason, batting just.173 with one home run and three RBIs in 15 games.