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Storylines: Mike Napoli finally signs with Texas Rangers

Two first baseman were finally signed on Tuesday as Chris Carter and Mike Napoli inked one year Major League deals with new clubs....

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- After a long offseason, slugger Mike Napoli has finally found a new home.  It’s actually his old home as Napoli has agreed to sign with the Texas Rangers on a one-year, $8.5MM deal with a club option for 2018 per Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News.  The veteran had been on the market for a lot longer than anyone expected after having a career year with the Cleveland Indians in 2016.  He hit .239/.335/.465 with a career-high 34 home runs and 101 RBIs. This marks his third time with the Rangers as he was traded to the Rangers at the 2015 waiver trade deadline from the Boston Red Sox to help with their postseason push.  After enjoying a career year in 2016 it appeared that Napoli was headed for a nice windfall of cash, but his high strikeout totals, age and health concerns worked against him. He is expected to get most of his at-bats at the designated hitter/first base spot and will most likely bat in the heart of the order.

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- The New York Yankees have agreed to sign slugger Chris Carter to a one-year, $3.5MM deal per Bob Nightengale of USA Today.  The Yankees were reportedly in touch with Carter’s representatives earlier.  The fit is a bit odd considering the Yankees were reportedly planning to have Matt Holiday as their full-time designated hitter but the signing of Carter may mean the Yankees intend to deploy Holiday in the outfield in order to open up some at-bats.  Carter’s power should play well in the homer-friendly Yankee stadium and will most likely be used against left-handed pitching.

- The Arizona Diamondbacks have inked infielder Daniel Descalso to a one-year, $1.5MM deal per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  He hit .264/.349/.424 with the Colorado Rockies in 2016 in a utility infielder role and looks to offer some left-handed balance to the Diamondbacks lineup as well as some defensive versatility.

- The San Diego Padres have inked a minor league deal with veteran infielder Erick Aybar per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.  Aybar spent time last year with the Atlanta Braves and Detroit Tigers and hit .250/.341/.350 on the year.  He looks to compete with Luis Sardinas for the starting shortstop position in San Diego.

- The Minnesota Twins have signed veteran outfielder Drew Stubbs to a minor league contract per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.  The Twins currently have Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton and Max Kepler as their starting outfielders but Rosario and Kepler have shown difficulty hitting against left-handed pitchers hence the addition of Stubbs who has a solid track record hitting against lefties.


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