Last week the Cleveland Indians brought back a familiar face when they signed Rajai Davis.
This week, the Indians gave another familiar face a chance to make a major league club for the 2018 season.
Mike Napoli will once again join the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Arizona for spring training if he passes a physical on Tuesday. He won’t be making the opening day roster unless an injury happens to Edwin Encarnacion or Yonder Alonso during spring training.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer, the Indians felt the 36 year old first baseman/designated hitter deserved better than having to participate in the MLBPA’s training camp for unsigned free agents in Florida.
The organization is bringing him in to give him some exposure to the other teams in Major League Baseball to perhaps give him an opportunity to play in 2018 which is a classy thing to do for a player who was instrumental in the Indians making it all the way to Game 7 of the 2016 World Series.
Napoli set career highs with Cleveland in 2016 with 34 home runs and 101 runs batted in.
His bat faded away during the postseason run as he only hit .173 (9 of 52) with one home run and three runs batted in.
After the Indians signed Encarnacion during the 2016-17 offseason, Napoli returned to the Texas Rangers where he spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as well as part of the 2015 season. He hit 29 home runs and 66 runs batted in during the 2017 season.