So after adding Adrian Beltre in the off-season to man down third base for at least the next half decade, the Rangers turned around and acquired catcher Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays today for reliever Frank Francisco and cash considerations. You may remember that Mr. Napoli just got traded a few days ago from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to Toronto in the Vernon Wells deal. Now, he goes back to the AL West, but as a member of the defending AL Champions. What a shrewd move by an organization that wants to make sure that last year was not a one-hit wonder. With the amount of offense they have picked up in the offseason to offset the significant loss of All-World ace Cliff Lee, I don’t believe this team should fall off much if at all.
To me, this is still the team to beat in the American League; yes they lost Cliff Lee to the Phillies, but they still have the likes of C.J Wilson, Tommy Hunter & Colby Lewis, and a very solid bullpen led by last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, Neftali Perez. I believe Boston has had a very impressive offseason and the Yankees are, well, the Yankees, but an acquisition like this should work wonders for the Texas Rangers, who get a guy that has hit 20+ HRs the last 3 years, including a career high 26 last year. In the Rangers’ bandbox ballpark, I believe he should top that this year. Great move, Texas. You guys sure are attempting everything you can to stay top dog.