Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, who on multiple occasions expressed hope that he could stay in Boston, has been traded to the Texas Rangers with cash considerations in a waiver deal, the teams announced Friday.Rob Bradford, WEEI:
The Red Sox will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to a Rangers news release.
Mike Napoli, one of the heroes of the Red Sox 2013 World Series championship, was traded on Friday to the Rangers, according to multiple major league sources.
There's no word yet on what the Red Sox received in return, or how much of his prorated $16 million salary, if any, they'll assume. A source said Napoli agreed to waive his no-trade clause, which included Texas and Seattle, to facilitate the deal.
The 33-year-old has struggled for much of the season, batting .207 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs. His defense has also taken a step back at first base. ...
He also blasted two of the most pivotal homers of the  postseason — a solo shot off Justin Verlander accounted for the only run in Game 3 of the ALCS, as well as bomb to dead center off of Anibal Sanchez that started the Red Sox on their way to a 4-3 victory in Game 5.