Rangers, Napoli avoid arbitration with $5.8M deal

The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms
on a $5.8 million contract for Mike Napoli, avoiding arbitration
with the catcher-first baseman the AL champions just acquired in a
With Napoli's agreement Saturday, the only Texas player still
eligible for arbitration is AL MVP Josh Hamilton. The slugger has
asked for $12 million, $3.3 million more than the team has offered.
Napoli was traded to Texas from Toronto on Tuesday, only five
days after Los Angels had sent him to the Blue Jays in the Vernon
Wells deal. Before those two trades, Napoli had exchanged salary
figures and requested $6.1 million from the Angels, who proposed
$5.3 million.