Another familiar face is returning to the Texas Rangers to help them shore up their performance against left-handed pitching and possibly push them back into the postseason.
The Rangers acquired Mike Napoli and cash Friday from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named or cash.
Napoli, a right-handed hitter, could be in the Rangers’ lineup as soon as Saturday against Seattle Mariners lefty Mike Montgomery, though that could be complicated by a 1:10 p.m. start at Safeco Field. Napoli is batting only .207 this season and just .229 against lefties, but he has a .500 slugging percentage against them.
Napoli played for the Rangers in 2011 and 2012 before leaving for Boston in 2013 on a deal that was modified after he was diagnosed with a degenerative condition in his hips that prevented him from catching.
The Red Sox won the World Series that year and re-signed Napoli to a two-year deal worth $32 million. The cash the Red Sox are sending will help cover the rest of his $16 million contract for 2015.
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