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Indians Ink Catcher/First Basemen Mike Napoli to One-Year Deal

The Indians a week ago looked at a number of players while at the MLB Winter Meetings in Nashville, coming away with just outfielder Joey Butler from the Rays.

Today they are adding another versatile player to the roster as the team has inked catcher/first basemen Mike Napoli.

Last season in 35 games with the Rangers, the righty hit .295 with five homers and 10 RBI, as he was much better than at the start of the season when he was with the Red Sox.

With Boston he hit just .207 with 13 homers and 40 RBI.

In his 10-year MLB career he’s a lifetime .253 batter with 204 homers and 577 runs batted in.

Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports is reporting that one-year deal is worth $7 million, with $3 million in incentives. He figures to see some time at first base and DH this season, primarily when the Indians are facing left-handed pitchers.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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