Napoli among players next in line for extension

Napoli among players next in line for extension

ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Mike Napoli was sitting at his locker before Tuesday's game with the Mariners when Ian Kinsler walked by.

"You're next," Kinsler said.

Napoli smiled and shrugged.

"I don't know," Napoli said. "I haven't heard anything. I have no idea."

Napoli, outfielder Josh Hamilton and pitcher Colby Lewis are among those who can be free agents after this season. The Rangers have worked out a five-year deal with Kinsler. Now the question is who might be next to get a contract extension.

The Rangers have had multiple ongoing contract discussions with both Hamilton and Napoli, and they continue to do so, according to club officials. The possibility remains the Rangers might be able to get something done at some point during the season, but nothing is close right now.

"I guess we'll see," Napoli said. "I don't know, but I hope we can get something done. The bottom line is I want to be here, but I really don't know how it is going to work out."

Opening Day was last week but Kinsler's deal is just the latest in a series of contract extensions being handed out around Major League Baseball. The Reds announced on Tuesday they have reached a six-year, $72.5 million extension with infielder Brandon Phillips and the Indians announced a five-year deal with catcher Carlos Santana.