The Texas Rangers are turning to a familiar face for a right-handed bat.
The Boston Red Sox have agreed to trade Napoli back to the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Napoli played for the Rangers in 2011 and 2012 before leaving for Boston in free agency. Napoli, who is in the final year of a two-year deal, was hitting just .207 in 98 games with Boston with 13 home runs and 40 RBI. But over the last month he has three home runs, 10 RBI and an OPS of .847.
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The Rangers targeted a right-handed bat at the trade deadline but couldn't get anything together. The only power bat Texas has from the right side is Adrian Beltre.
Napoli is a career .274 hitter against left-handed pitching with 63 home runs and an OPS of .904.
The majority of Napoli's playing time at Boston has come at first base. He hasn't caught a game since he was with the Rangers in 2012. He'll likely be the primary bat off the bench and give Texas options when it wants to rest either Mitch Moreland or Prince Fielder.
To make room for Napoli on the 40-man roster the club has moved Kyle Blanks to the 60-day disabled list.
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