Hey, the Rangers and Red Sox could make a trade!

 

This, from Tony Massarotti
in this morning’s
Boston
Globe
, would be foolish to summarize. 
Here it is in its entirety:

 

Here is a look at some teams that could be
a “fit” for the Sox come trade time, starting with the most
obvious:

 

Texas Rangers . The Rangers need pitching and have
catching to deal, which makes them the ideal trade partner for the Sox on this
year’s market.  Quite simply, there is no better fit.  Texas has four catchers
on its 40-man roster — Gerald Laird, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden
and Max Ramirez — and one major league evaluator recently suggested that the
Rangers would be willing to deal two of them (so long as Ramirez is one of the
two).

 

That leaves Laird, Teagarden, and
Saltalamacchia as the centerpiece of any deal.

 

Clearly, if the Sox wanted Laird, they
could easily get him.  The defensively skilled Teagarden (who is also blessed
with power) and the hyped Saltalamacchia are more desirable targets that will
cost more, though Epstein and his baseball operations staff understand the
difficulty in finding good young catching.  If the Red Sox ever were to give up
a top pitching prospect like Clay Buchholz, Michael Bowden or Justin Masterson
– the last is unlikely — this is precisely the kind of deal that would inspire
them to do it.

 

So why hasn’t a deal been struck yet?  As
every executive likes to say at this time of year, there are a lot of “moving
parts.”  If the Red Sox can upgrade their offense significantly on the free
agent market, they can make a lesser trade (Laird?) and keep their pitching
prospects because the rest of their lineup would allow them to carry a mediocre
catcher.  At the same time, if the Sox lose on someone like Mark Teixeira, the
cost for Saltalamacchia or Teagarden could go
up.

 

Incidentally, Massarotti also notes
that Boston tried to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from
Texas before he was shipped to San Diego three winters
ago.

 

The Rangers’ Off-Season Conditioning
Camp is underway at the Ballpark, with pitchers Mike Ballard, Thomas Diamond,
Scott Feldman, Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Tommy Hunter, Eric
Hurley, Doug Mathis, and Josh Rupe in
attendance.

 

Joaquin Arias is on his way from
Arlington back to the Dominican
Republic, where he’ll test his improved arm
strength by playing shortstop in the Dominican Winter League.  Scott Servais and
A.J. Preller will reportedly be on hand to monitor Arias’s
progress.

 

Matt Holliday is a career
.280/.348/.455 hitter away from Coors Field.  That’s somewhere between what
Marlon Byrd and David Murphy did in 2008.  (Yes, I know the home ballpark helped
Byrd’s and Murphy’s numbers.  Still.)

 

Will Colorado flip Huston
Street?

 

Speaking of which: Street, Carlos
Gonzalez, and Greg Smith?  Or Feliz, Elvis Andrus, Harrison, Saltalamacchia, and
Beau Jones?  The latter, if you prefer it, will cost you a Ron
Mahay.

 

Free agent righthander Brian Gordon
has three consecutive scoreless starts for La Guaira of the Venezuelan Winter
League.  In those three starts, the 30-year-old has scattered 12 hits and three
walks in 19 innings, punching out 16.

 

Justin Smoak is a .405/.488/.649
hitter in the Arizona Fall League.  He’s good at
baseball.

 

The Rangers have re-signed minor
league free agent righthander Kendy Batista, who posted a 3.76 ERA in relief for
Frisco and Oklahoma last
year.

 

Don Wakamatsu and DeMarlo Hale are
among those who will interview for Seattle’s managerial
vacancy.

 

Chris Davis and Murphy lead the
group of Rangers rookies to be completely shut out of the American League Rookie
of the Year vote.  Not one Ranger with so much as a third-place
vote.

 

Edinson Volquez was no longer a
rookie in 2008, and yet he finished fourth in the National League Rookie of the
Year vote.

 

And the league is apparently letting
it count.

 

Impressive.

 

You can read more from Jamey Newberg at www.NewbergReport.com.

1 Comment

Jamey, sarcastic today are we? Hahaha. Smoak good at baseball? No way. Better yet is the fact that Volquez isn’t a rookie, and some writers voted for him. Anyway we can find out who these writers are? I would love to know.

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