The Texas Rangers have planned a Thursday morning news conference to announce a one-year, $8.5 million contract with first baseman Mike Napoli.
Napoli flew to Arizona on Wednesday to undergo a physical exam, which he passed. That was the final step before making the deal official.
Napoli will make a base salary of $6 million this season and will be paid a $2.5 million buyout if the team does not pick up an $11 million club option for 2018.
Napoli fills the void at first base left by Mitch Moreland, who left in December for Boston. Napoli posted career-highs last season in home runs (34) and RBIs (101) for Cleveland and helped guide the Indians to the World Series.
Arguably his best season came in his first with the Rangers. He batted a career-high .321 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs in only 369 at-bats.