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December 3, 2012

MLB Hot Stove: Rangers near deal with reliever Soria

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — — Texas decided not to guarantee three seasons for Napoli. He hit .320 with 30 homers and 75 RBIs as the Rangers won their second straight AL pennant in 2011, then slumped to a .227 average with 24 homers and 56 RBIs this year as he became a first-time All-Star. His on-base percentage dropped from .416 to .343.

"They were very upfront with us throughout the process. So not a surprise," Daniels said. "I'm hesitant to use the word disappointment because ultimately we had a decision to make."

Hamilton, who hit 43 home runs with 128 RBIs for the Rangers last season, was in Nashville but not to speak with the Rangers.

"I saw Josh on the flight here Sunday by accident. Coincidence, I guess, is a better word than accident," Daniels said. "Chatted with him a little bit in the airport. I know he's here probably to meet with some other teams."

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