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'Year of the Napoli' continues into ALCS

Defensive versatility and at-bat fireworks have created a reliable weapon for Rangers

Updated: October 8, 2011, 11:14 AM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- In late January, Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels checked his BlackBerry as he sat in a New York hotel banquet hall and immediately got to work.

Daniels had just seen that the Toronto Blue Jays had traded Vernon Wells to the Los Angeles Angels for a package that included catcher Mike Napoli.

He fired off an email to Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos inquiring about Napoli.

"We knew they had an interest in Frankie Francisco," Daniels said ...

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