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Rangers, Napoli avoid arbitration with $5.8M deal

Associated Press Modified: January 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm •  Published: January 29, 2011

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a $5.8 million contract for Mike Napoli, avoiding arbitration with the catcher-first baseman the AL champions just acquired in a trade.

With Napoli's agreement Saturday, the only Texas player still eligible for arbitration is AL MVP Josh Hamilton. The slugger has asked for $12 million, $3.3 million more than the team has offered.

Napoli was traded to Texas from Toronto on Tuesday, his second move in five days. Los Angels had sent him to the Blue Jays on Jan. 21 in the Vernon Wells deal. Before those two trades, Napoli had exchanged salary figures and requested $6.1 million from the Angels, who proposed $5.3 million.