Vernon Wells

Mike Napoli can't land a long-term deal despite a solid resume

Mike Napoli can't land a long-term deal despite a solid resume

Mike Napoli has been an integral part of eight playoff teams, three World Series teams and one championship team in 11 big league seasons, providing middle-of-the-order power, steady leadership and a blue-collar work ethic to every club for which he has played.

All of which makes Napoli’s nomadic existence — he has garnered one contract that guaranteed more than one year of work and has spent no more than 2 1/2 years in one place since leaving the Angels after 2010 — somewhat perplexing.

“It is a little bit of a head-scratcher that he hasn’t had a long-term deal,” Oakland reliever Sean Doolittle said of Napoli, the 35-year-old slugger who is back in the American League West...

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