Source: Mike Napoli, Rangers to talk

Updated: November 27, 2012, 9:51 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

Free-agent catcher Mike Napoli and his agent are scheduled to meet with the Texas Rangers this week, likely Wednesday, a source familiar with the negotiations confirmed.

Napoli met with the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, the source said, and is now set to sit down with his former club. Napoli joined the Rangers before the 2011 season and had a remarkable second half and postseason that year. He hit .383 after the All-Star break in 2011 and batted .350 with 10 RBIs in the World Series, which the Rangers lost in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

But Napoli wasn't able to put up similar numbers in 2012. He hit .227 in 352 at-bats, but managed 24 homers and 56 RBIs and an .812 OPS.

The Rangers made the decision last month not to make a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer, saying they weren't prepared to make that kind of financial commitment so early in the offseason. But they've always expressed interest in re-signing Napoli. The Seattle Mariners, according to reports, also put Napoli on their free-agent shopping list.

The 31-year-old catcher has made it clear he has enjoyed his two seasons in Texas. He likes to play catcher but has said he's open to playing other positions if it gets him in the lineup.

"I love playing in Texas," Napoli told ESPN Dallas a few weeks ago. "I love the atmosphere there, the clubhouse, playing for (manager Ron Washington), a winning ballclub. I love playing there. I know how the Rangers' clubhouse is, and it's amazing. I've never been a part of anything like that in terms of chemistry and how everyone is.

"There's been a bunch of teams that have called my agent and shown interest, and we're going to listen and see what they have to say."

Richard Durrett joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He writes about colleges, the Dallas Stars and the Texas Rangers. Richard spent nine years at The Dallas Morning News covering the Rangers, Stars, colleges, motorsports and high schools.

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