Mike Napoli remains with Angels – and on the bench

By Mike DiGiovanna
Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Seattle — Mike Napoli was not in the lineup Monday night for a second consecutive game, and it had nothing to do with a potential trade or waiver-wire transaction involving the Angels catcher-first baseman.

The Boston Red Sox and Angels were unable to work out a deal before a midday Monday deadline after the Red Sox made a waiver claim on Napoli. As a result, Napoli, who leads the team with 21 home runs, will finish the season with the Angels.

As for his future in Anaheim, Napoli, who is under club control through 2012, isn’t so sure after a weekend of uncertainty, when he literally didn’t know whether he was coming or going.

Asked before Monday night’s game in Seattle what the odds were of him being an Angel next season, Napoli said, “It could go either way; I’d say it’s 50-50.

“I want to play every day,” Napoli continued. “I feel I could potentially help the team a lot by being in there every day. I just like to play.