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01/21/2011 9:19 PM ET
Blue Jays trade Wells for Napoli, Rivera
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The TORONTO BLUE JAYS have traded OF VERNON WELLS to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for C MIKE NAPOLI and OF JUAN RIVERA.

NAPOLI, 29, has spent all 11 seasons of his professional career with the Angels. The Hollywood, Florida native posted .238 average with a career high 26 home runs and 68 RBI last season, splitting time between first base (70 games), and catcher (66 games). The 6-0, 215 lb., right-handed hitter has a career .251 average with 92 home runs and 249 RBI in parts of five Major League seasons.

RIVERA, 32, has spent the last six seasons with the Angels, posting a .252 average with 15 home runs and 52 RBI in 2010. The Guarenas Miranda, Venezuela native has posted six seasons with 10 or more home runs, including a career high 25 in 2009. In 10 seasons, the 6-2, 230 lb. outfielder has career average of .280 with 112 home runs and 418 RBI in 817 games with the New York Yankees (2001-03), Montreal Expos (2004) and Los Angeles Angels (2005-10).

WELLS, 32, leaves Toronto as the all-time club leader in at-bats (5470), 2nd in runs (789), hits (1529), doubles (339), home runs (223) and RBI (813). The Southlake, Texas resident was originally drafted by the Blue Jays as the 5th overall pick of the 1997 draft and has spent all 14 of his professional seasons with the organization. Among his accomplishments are three Gold Glove awards, one Silver Slugger award and three All-Star selections.

To make room on the 40-man roster LHP ROMMIE LEWIS has been designated for assignment.

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