The Indians bring back an old favorite

Mike Napoli will get a Spring Training invite from the Cleveland team

The Cleveland Indians have reunited with a fan favorite after signing the slugger Mike Napoli.

The first baseman and designated hitter Napoli agreed to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, according to's Jordan Bastian.


The club has not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical.

Napoli, 36, batted .239/.335/.465 with 34 home runs and 101 RBIs in 150 games for the Indians during their run to the World Series in 2016. He hit .193/.285/.428 with 29 homers and 66 RBIs in 124 games for the Rangers last season.


A 12-year MLB veteran, Napoli is a .246/.346/.475 hitter with 267 home runs and 744 RBIs over the course of his career. He was an American League All-Star in 2012 while with Texas.

According to Bastian, Indians manager Terry Francon met with Edwin Encarnación and Yonder Alonson to explain that Napoli "was not there to take their job."


Bastian explains that Napoli is veteran depth and he is basically there to get Big League at-bats, instead of sitting unsigned.


By Gregor Chisholm