Showing posts with label Rangers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rangers. Show all posts

Friday, December 14, 2012

Rumor Mill: Blue Jays in Lead for Dickey Trade, Rangers out

Rumor Mill:

Here are the Dickey Rumors and News from around the internet:

D'Arnaud is very much in play in the talks, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.  The deal would be bigger, however, with multiple pieces going both ways.

There has been mention on Twitter that Ike Davis might be in the package, but that remains to be seen.. I have seen Adam Lind's name mentioned in return to replace Davis at 1B.

Not happy if that happens...

The Mets may be landing d'Arnaud in the deal, Heyman tweets.

Travis d'Arnaud was a "must have" during the winter meetings for a deal with the Blue Jays to happen, sources tell Andy Martino of the Daily News (via Twitter).

Two sources involved in the talks say not to expect any resolution with Dickey tonight, tweets Anthony DiComo of

The Mets and Blue Jays have made progress on a potential deal, Morosi reports (on Twitter). They aren't in agreement at this point.

The Blue Jays began the day with the belief that they could obtain Dickey within 24-48 hours, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports (on Twitter).

Rumor Mill: With Hamilton Signing, Opens Door to Dickey Trade?

The trade market for R.A. Dickey might open now.... GM Sandy Alderson has refused to give in to recent trade proposals of one prospect for Dickey... He has been constantly monitoring the trade market in the hopes of turning Dickey, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, into a youthful package of position players.

The process has left Dickey pissed off with some team officials grumbling about his public complaints and potentially produced a favorable terrain for the Mets, who may be able to reap the benefits of Josh Hamilton’s reported five-year, $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

There is no guarantee that a trade will now happen, but the shifting terrain does give the Mets more leverage in their talks with Dickey.

The Hamilton contract creates an outfield surplus for the Angels, and also provides the Texas Rangers with an impulse to make a move. In Hamilton, Texas just lost its best hitter to its biggest American League West rival. The Rangers already lost out on signing free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke (Dodgers) and trading for Rays workhorse James Shields (Royals). The Rangers want to rebuild after a disappointing late-season skid cost them a division title.

Texas had previously engaged in lengthy discussions with the Mets regarding Dickey, who Texas drafted in the first round of the 1996 draft. Those talks could heat up, with the Mets targeting third baseman Mike Olt (who could move to the outfield) as the centerpiece of a package.

The Angels would be a late entry into the Dickey sweepstakes. With Hamilton in the fold, a pair of outfielders may be considered expendable. Peter Bourjos is an excellent center fielder, but a question mark at the plate, with a .703 on-base plus slugging percentage. Mark Trumbo packs a wallop — 61 homers in two big-league seasons — but struggles getting on base and may be an adventure in the field.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Mets Holding Dickey for Ransom of prospects, List of prospects the Mets have to look at

There are several teams that the Mets might trade for Dickey. The Rangers, Blue Jays, Dodgers, Diamondbacks all remain possibilities..  The Mets are holding Dickey for a ransom of prospects, not just one..  Here is a list of their Top Prospects thanks to Baseball America.. Players in Orange have been talked about...

Texas Rangers  TOP TEN

1. Jurickson Profar, ss
2. Mike Olt, 3b/1b
3. Martin Perez, lhp
4. Leonys Martin, of
5. Justin Grimm, rhp
6. Luke Jackson, rhp
7. Luis Sardinas, ss/2b
8. Cody Buckel, rhp
9. Jorge Alfaro, c/1b
10. Joey Gallo, 3b

LA Dodgers TOP TEN

1. Zach Lee, rhp
2. Allen Webster, rhp
3. Nate Eovaldi, rhp
4. Alfredo Silverio, of
5. Chris Reed, lhp
6. Garrett Gould, rhp
7. Chris Withrow, rhp
8. Josh Lindblom, rhp
9. Joc Pederson, of
10. Tim Federowicz, c

Rumor Mill: Mets Working on a deal to send Dickey to Rangers?

The New York Mets have proposed a trade to the Texas Rangers that would send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey to Arlington in exchange for a "rich package" of prospects, including third baseman Mike Olt, reports Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.

Davidoff adds in a separate tweet that the lack of a counteroffer from the Rangers on the Mets’ initial proposal could indicate that Texas is not interested in working out a deal for the Cy Young winner.

Andy Martino of the NY Daily News reports, however, that the Rangers are in fact willing to move Olt in exchange for Dickey, but that the hang-up lies with the other pieces that New York wants for the knuckleballer.

The Mets can also go to the Blue Jays, Dodgers for a trade for Dickey, but I guess the plan might be  to get Olt and trade him for other needs...

The Mets in the past said they wanted the Rangers to get involved as they have a plethora of prospects they want.. 

Friday, December 07, 2012

Rumor Mill: Latest Dickey Rumors

Latest Dickey Rumors:

The Royals seem "very interested" in Dickey, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports (all Twitter links).

However, they wouldn't be interested in sending top prospect Wil Myers to New York for the knuckleballer.

Dickey, James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson remain in play for the Royals, Dutton reports. However, it now seems unlikely that the Red Sox will move Jon Lester.

The Mets view the Blue Jays, Royals and Rangers as the most likely trade suitors for Dickey,'s Buster Olney reports (on Twitter). In Olney's view Dickey's contract demands may seem more reasonable based on some recent free agent contracts.

The Blue Jays and the Rangers are involved in the talks for Dickey, Heyman tweets. Toronto is thought to be unlikely to part with Travis D'Arnaud but may be willing to trade Anthony Gose.

The Rangers like Dickey but the Mets' prospect request at this point is too rich for them, tweets Jon Heyman of

The Mets are hoping for the Rangers in the Dickey trade talks, tweets Jon Heyman.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Taking a look at the Texas Rangers Top Prospects that could be in a deal for Beltran

There has been a lot of speculation that the Texas Rangers have increased their efforts to complete a trade for Carlos Beltran.

It has also been said that the Mets can match up better with the Rangers, so I took it upon myself to take a look at the Texas Rangers Top 7 Prospects with John Sickel's ratings.

Here they are:
  1. Jurickson Profar, SS, Grade B+: Borderline A-
  2. Martin Perez, LHP, Grade B+
  3. Robbie Erlin, LHP, Grade B+
  4. Tanner Scheppers, RHP, Grade B
  5. Mike Olt, 3B, Grade B
  6. Engel Beltre, OF, Grade B-
  7. Robbie Ross, LHP, Grade B-
The Rangers have a lot of depth in their organization and plenty of  left handed pitchers. The Rangers also have a top prospect that is a shortstop. Can you say Reyes insurance? 

Rumor Mill: Texas Rangers making a big push for Carlos Beltran?

Most Beat Reporters are in agreement that the Rangers are making a big push for Senor Beltran and that the Phillies have cooled, but the standing of the Braves, Red Sox, and Giants is unclear.

Some of the Beltran Rumors as of  Tuesday: 

A high-ranking source tells ESPN's Buster Olney there is no clear frontrunner for Beltran as of right now (Twitter link).  Meanwhile, a source close to the talks tells Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports he expects things to intensify within the next 48 hours (Twitter link).

The Giants "look like a possible favorite" for Beltran at the moment, reports SI's Jon Heyman.  The Braves are very interested as well, while the Phillies "don't seem all that involved."

The Reds are not currently involved in trade talks for Beltran, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.

An executive from a team that has expressed interest in Beltran told Joel Sherman of the New York Post, "They are not getting a top-40-ranked prospect for Beltran even if they eat all the money [left on his contract]."  

Sherman's article goes on to explain why the Mets will probably have to settle for less-than-elite prospects.

He reiterates that the Rangers are aggressively pursuing Beltran and the Braves and Red Sox are the other two most interested clubs.     

Monday, July 25, 2011

Rumor Mill: Updated Beltran Rumors

The Rangers and Giants appear to be ahead of the Phillies and Braves in pursuit of Beltran, according to's Jerry Crasnick (on Twitter). As Crasnick points out, everything can change quickly.

There isn't much confidence within the industry that the Mets will obtain a top prospect for Beltran, according to Newsday's Ken Davidoff.

Beltran said yesterday that he has had "zero" contact with GM Sandy Alderson regarding possible trades, according to Newsday's David Lennon (on Twitter).

The Phillies have cooled on the idea of trading for Beltran, according to's Jayson Stark.

Beltran told Mike Puma of the New York Post, "I have not told (the Mets) I won't play for an American 
League team. I don't know where that is coming from" (Twitter link).  Beltran said he's fine with the American League as long as he doesn't have to DH.

There's no sign of the Mets dropping their price on Beltran, tweets ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Rumor Mill: K-Rod would not mind being used as setup if traded

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez says he doesn’t want to be traded to a team that would use him as a setup man.

He would, however, consider filling that role for a club that acquired him, signed him to a contract extension and returned him to the closer’s role next season.

“That would be great,” Rodriguez said Friday. “That would be no problem.”

Rodriguez, 29, has a limited no-trade clause that allows him to block trades to 10 undisclosed teams. His market would shrink further if he said publicly that he was only willing to close.

But that is not his position.

While Rodriguez said, “I honestly don’t really want to go anywhere else and set up,” he added, “at the same time, I’m not closing the door” – particularly if he is asked to set up only for the rest of this season and assured of his future.

The Rangers are an example of a club that might be interested in Rodriguez under such conditions. They could use Rodriguez as a setup man, then make him the closer next season and move Neftali Feliz to the rotation.

Under that scenario, the Rangers would not need to worry about Rodriguez finishing 55 games and guaranteeing his $17.5 million option for next season. They could sign Rodriguez to an extension at a lower salary.

Rodriguez currently is on pace to finish 62 games. Teams might balk at acquiring him as a closer even if the Mets contribute $3.5 million to cover what would have been his buyout, something the team is willing to do.

Rodriguez is 15-for-16 in save opportunities, and had a 0.74 ERA in 25 games before allowing three runs in the ninth inning Friday night in a 6-4 loss to the Phillies.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Rangers, Cubs lead the pack for Brandon Webb's Bill Ladson that the Cubs and Rangers are the front-runners for former Cy Young winner Brandon Webb. The Nationals who appear interested apparently have fallen back in the running for the former Diamondback.

The Rangers have been looking at Webb's medical history. They certainly have a good idea of his health issues since Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, performed surgery on Webb in August 2009 to repair his torn rotator cuff.

As I posted, the Cubs were looking into Brandon Webb. How serious they are about him remains to be seen. A recent report on Bleacher Nation says that after the Cubs reviewed Webb’s medical information, they were no longer particularly excited about signing him.

The Nationals have been clear about wanting a top-shelf pitcher, but might be focusing on Carl Pavano. Washington also is looking for a first baseman, and is thought to be in the market for Derrek Lee.
After the Jayson Werth signing, there's going to be only so much the Nats can do financially.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Cubs have the inside track on Garza

There are other potential trade partners, though the Cubs appear to have the inside track.

Officials from the Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago Cubs met for the second time during the winter meetings on Wednesday night to discuss the parameters of a trade that would send right-handed pitcher Matt Garza to Chicago for a number of the Cubs' top prospects, according to multiple sources.

Both the Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers have also had meetings with Tampa about Garza, a major-league source said. It appears, however, that the Cubs have the strongest bid at this point.

A major-league source told that Milwaukee is talking to Carl Pavano about a three-year contract.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Greinke on the way to the Rangers?

A Zack Greinke deal won't be done quickly, but more and more it's sounding like it will get done.

There does, however, appear to be some tension between the Royals and the perceived leader for the 2009 Cy Young-winner, the Rangers. The Royals feel the Rangers are low-balling them and the Rangers feel like the Royals are asking for too much, Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star writes .

"We're going to move slow with it and [wait] until we get the right type of deal if, indeed, we move on it," Royals general manager Dayton Moore told the Star. "It's no different than any other year. I could give you examples -- I won't, but I could -- where we've been close to dealing Zack or other players in the past if we got the right pieces. We didn't get the right piece included."

So what's the right piece? It appears to start with two top prospects, one of them being a pitcher.

From Texas, the Royals want shortstop Jurickson Profar, outfielder Engel Beltre and a pitcher or two among the group of Derek Holland, Tanner Scheppers and Martin Perez.
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