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Wednesday a.m. Rangers stuff

Today we welcome new Ranger Mike Napoli into the fold.  And although his picture to the right shows him in catching gear, I wouldn't get too used to that long as Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Treanor are both healthy, Napoli is unlikely to catch in other than spot or emergency duty.  He'll be primarily DHing or playing first base against lefthanded pitchers.

Jeff Wilson has the story on the acquisition up at the S-T website.

T.R. Sullivan's story has quotes from Jon Daniels saying that this move shouldn't impact Michael Young's playing time at DH, or Mitch Moreland's role as the regular first baseman.'s top 50 prospects list includes Martin Perez and Tanner Scheppers.

Craig Calcaterra writes about Neftali Feliz possibly moving to the rotation, and what Thad Levine said on XM Radio about Feliz's shot at a starting job this spring.

Richard Durrett looks at the team's second base situation heading into spring training.

Buster Olney points out that the addition of Napoli makes the Rangers' lineup against lefties a lot more potent, which is particularly useful against the Oakland A's, who have three lefty starters.

SBN-Dallas rounds up some reactions to the deal, and has a poll about the trade as well...