(CBSSPORTS.COM/David Andriesen) — As confirmed by both teams, the Blue Jays and Rangers have pulled the trigger on a deal that sends catcher/DH Mike Napoli to Texas in exchange for reliever Frank Francisco and cash.
On its surface, it’s tough to see what the Rangers’ motivation is here. Francisco’s presence was going to allow them to give closer Neftali Feliz a chance to test the waters as a starter.
Napoli (who has been a Jay for all of four days after being traded from the Angels) seems to duplicate some of what the Rangers already had — the arrival of Adrian Beltre displaced Michael Young, who is going to make $16 million to DH and spell at first and around the infield.
What is Napoli’s role? He can catch, but the Rangers already signed Yorvit Torrealba as the starter and have Matt Treanor as the backup.