DETROIT - Mike Napoli is headed back to the Texas Rangers.
The first baseman was traded Friday by the Red Sox to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash. Boston also sends money to Texas as part of the deal, which came a week after baseball's deadline for trading players without placing them on waivers.
Napoli batted .207 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs in 98 games for last-place Boston this year. He can become a free agent after the season.
Minutes before the first pitch of Boston's game against the Detroit Tigers on Friday night, Napoli was removed from the lineup.
Napoli, 33, was a fan favorite during two productive years with Texas before signing with the Red Sox and helping them win the 2013 World Series.