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Mike Napoli traded by Red Sox back to Rangers

Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli hits a solo

Boston Red Sox's Mike Napoli hits a solo homer against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a game at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday May 19, 2015. Photo Credit: AP / Elise Amendola

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.


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