Jays deal newly acquired Napoli to Texas for Francisco

TORONTO (Reuters) - The Toronto Blue Jays wasted little time trading newly acquired Mike Napoli, sending the first baseman-catcher to the Texas Rangers for relief pitcher Frank Francisco Tuesday.

The power-hitting Napoli, 29, had been on Toronto's roster for just four days, coming to Toronto Friday as part of the trade that moved outfielder Vernon Wells to the Los Angeles Angels.

Napoli, who played in five seasons for the Angels, batted .238 with a career-high 26 home runs and 68 runs batted last year while splitting time between first base and catcher.

Hard-throwing right-hander Francisco posted a 6-4 record with two saves while making 56 relief appearances for the Rangers last season.

The 31-year-old Dominican figures to contend for Toronto's closer job as he registered 25 saves in 2009 for Texas.

In six major league seasons with the Rangers, Francisco notched 315 strikeouts and yielded only 237 hits in 283.1 innings.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, Editing by Steve Ginsburg)

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