Seattle, Washington - The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has acquired first baseman Mike Napoli and cash considerations from the Boston Red Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
To make room for Napoli on the 40-man roster, OF-1B Kyle Blanks has been transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. The Rangers will make a corresponding move on the active roster when Napoli joins the club.
The 33-year-old Napoli is batting .207 (68-329) with 13 homers and 40 RBI in 98 games in 2015. He ranks second on the club in walks (45) and third in home runs while starting 90 games at first base and two as the DH. For the season, Napoli has 7 homers and an .845 OPS in 113 PA versus LHP. Over his last 17 games beginning July 20, the right-handed batter is hitting at a .281 (16-57) clip with 7 doubles, 3 homers, 10 RBI, and a .931 OPS.
Napoli has a career major league average of .253 with 199 home runs and 567 RBI in 1083 games with the Angels (2006-10), Rangers (2011-12), and Red Sox (2013-15). He produced 20+ homers in six consecutive seasons from 2008-13 and is a career .274 hitter with a .904 OPS versus lefthanders.
After spending his 1st 11 pro seasons catching in the Angels organization, Napoli was traded to Toronto and then to Texas in a span of four days in January 2011. He batted .320 with a career high 30 homers for the 2011 A.L. champions starting at both catcher and first base and excelled in the World Series versus St. Louis with a .350 average, two homers and 10 RBI. Napoli was selected as the A.L.'s starting catcher for the All-Star Game the following season when he hit 24 homers in just 108 games.
He signed with Boston as a free agent prior to 2013 and moved to first base full-time, producing 38 doubles, 23 homers, and 90 RBI as the Red Sox won the World Series.
Blanks was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 with left and right Achilles tendinitis.
With today's moves, the Rangers major league roster remains at 40 players.