Mike Napoli is headed back to Texas. The Boston Red Sox have traded the veteran first baseman to the Rangers along with cash in a waiver deal. Boston will receive a player or cash on a later date.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 8, 2015
Rangers have acquired 1B Mike Napoli and cash from Boston for a player to be named or cash.
— John Blake (@RangerBlake) August 8, 2015
The 33-year-old Napoli played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from 2006 to 2010, the Rangers from 2011 to 2012 and has been with the Red Sox since signing as a free agent in 2013.
"He is a guy who always hits lefties. It's an area where we have struggled this year," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said via ESPN. "He is a guy we know. We know he's going to fit our culture. He has a winning makeup."
The Rangers are in contention for a postseason slot in the American League West with a 55-55 record. The Red Sox are last in the AL East with 50 wins against 62 losses.
Napoli, a nine-year veteran, has a career batting average of .253, 883 hits, 198 home runs and 564 RBIs.