The Texas Rangers and catcher Mike Napoli have reportedly come to terms on a one-year deal worth $9.4 million. Napoli was looking for $11.4 million while the Rangers were offering $8.3 million for the 2012 season. The $9.4 million deal represents a large bump in pay as Napoli made $5.8 million in 2011.
The 2012 season will be Napoli's second year with the Rangers and prior to that he spent his entire five-year career with the Angels. Napoli was traded to the Rangers last offseason and in 2011 had a career year were he set career highs in batting average, home runs, hits, walks, slugging percentage, RBI, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
By agreeing to this one-year deal the two sides avoid arbitration and it extends the Rangers streak to 11 years without having to go through that process.
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