Mike Napoli passed his physical Friday, according to Cleveland.com, and his one-year deal with the Indians will be announced at some point this week. The agreement reached between the two sides was first reported by FOX Sports, but the club has not confirmed the Napoli deal.
Napoli, 34, batted .224 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs in 133 games for Boston and Texas last season.
Napoli was an All-Star with the Rangers in 2012, and he was part of the Red Sox team that won the World Series in 2013. For his career, Napoli has batted .253 with a .355 on-base percentage and a .482 slugging mark, and he's delivered 204 home runs and 577 RBIs in 1,118 big league games.
Averaging 22 homers per season since 2008, Napoli has the necessary power to hold a mixed-league roster spot when in a full-time role. But given his .212/.314/.364 line against right-handers across the past two campaigns, the Indians may be inclined to limit his exposure to those matchups. When in the lineup, though, the powerful Napoli could have a positive impact on the counting stats of Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Santana.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.