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Texas Rangers, Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli Go To Arbitration

The Texas Rangers were unable to reach deals with catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli and outfielder Nelson Cruz and have gone into arbitration with both players. They are $2 million away from a deal with Cruz and $3.2 million away from a deal with Napoli.

melson cruz filed at $7.5M, rangers at $5.5M 43 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

napoli files at $11.5M, rangers at $8.3M 32 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Last season, Cruz scored 64 runs, hit 29 home runs and had a batting average of .263. He hit a walk-off grand slam in Game 2 and hit a three-run home run in Game 4 of the ALCS. He finished the post season with eight home runs, which tied a record with Barry Bonds and Carlos Beltran for most post-season home runs.

Napoli hit 30 home runs and had a batting average of .320 in 2011. He had 75 RBIs throughout the season and in Game 2 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals, he hit a two-run-double to give the Rangers the lead late in the game. They held on to win but ultimately lost the series.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.