Catcher Mike Napoli and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a $9.4 million, one-year contract and avoided a salary arbitration hearing.
Napoli is getting a raise from $5.8 million last season, his first in Texas. A person familiar with the deal spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday night because the team had not yet announced the deal.
After spending his first five major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Napoli set career highs last season by hitting .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs in 113 games while the Rangers won their second consecutive American League pennant. He started 57 games at catcher, 27 at first base and 18 as the designated hitter.
Napoli had asked for $11.5 million, and the Rangers had offered $8.3 million.
The deal came four days before Napoli's scheduled arbitration hearing. It also wrapped up a week in which the Rangers also completed deals with slugging outfielder Nelson Cruz and shortstop Elvis Andrus to avoid hearings.