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Rangers Aggressively Pursuing Mike Napoli: Sources

With the business of Christmas over, the Rangers have apparently gotten back to the business of baseball and are getting more aggressive in talks with free agent 1B-DH Mike Napoli, three sources indicated Wednesday.

Napoli, 35, had been seeking a three-year deal on the open market, according to reports, but his ability to return to Cleveland dried up when the Indians agreed to a deal with Edwin Encarnacion last week. And the Cleveland decision eliminated some of the competition for Napoli, potentially giving the Rangers more leverage to do a shorter deal. In addition, Napoli was not offered a qualifying offer by Cleveland, meaning the Rangers would not have to give up a draft pick to sign him.

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