Daniels on Napoli, Fielder, Bullpen
The Rangers aren’t likely to get a long-term deal done with catcher Mike Napoli this winter. General manager Jon Daniels said the two sides are far apart and are focused on a one-year deal that will avoid arbritration.
“We love Mike and we’re not closing the door on anything but right now we are focused on a one-year deal,” Daniels said.
Daniels also made it clear Tuesday afternoon that the Rangers are not interested in free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. The Rangers are focused on getting something done with pitcher Yu Darvish. They have until Jan. 18. If negotiations fall apart with Darvish, the Rangers might turn their attention to Fielder. But right now the Rangers expect Mitch Moreland to be their first baseman.
Daniels said the Rangers are still interested in upgrading their bullpen. Left-handed relief is still an area of interest.
Right now though Darvish is the Rangers main focus. Daniels declined to discuss those negotiations in anyway but that will likely go down to the final day.
The deadline is 4 p.m. (CT) Jan. 18.