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Mike Napoli’s value peaks as he hits market

The Los Angeles Angels traded Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera to the Toronto Blue Jays on Jan. 21, 2011, taking back outfielder Vernon Wells and his historically bad contract.

The Angels didn’t mind the risk. Manager Mike Scioscia was not a fan of Napoli, believing his below-average catching skills were a detriment to the team. Napoli resented what he thought was unwarranted criticism from Scioscia and the two did not get along well.

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