Rangers News And Minor Chords

- According to three major league sources, the Rangers are in advanced talks with Philadelphia about a deal for the 36-year-old Young that would include the Rangers eating more than half of his remaining $16 million in salary. The Rangers would likely receive a young major league reliever along with a lower-level prospect.

- Texas Rangers are interested in hanging on to Josh Hamilton and remain the most serious Mariners competitor on that front. But the Rangers also remain engaged in a two-pronged battle with the Dodgers for the services of starting pitcher Zack Greinke and would possibly not be able to land both him and Hamilton. I think the Rangers would rather have Greinke / Upton.

- Athletics take 3B Thomas Mendonca from Rangers in minor league Rule 5 draft. Former Fresno State player.

- Indians with the 5th pick selected 1B Chris McGuinness in the Rule 5 draft as well. He was the Arizona Fall League player of the year.

- According to Bob Nightengale (USA Today), Texas is willing to go to four years on Hamilton, but won’t go five.

 - Jim Bowden (ESPN/XM) tweets that Texas remains Hamilton’s first choice, with Seattle as his fallback.

- If the Mariners signed him they would forfeit the 12th overall pick in June’s draft if they sign Hamilton, but Texas wouldn’t get the pick.  The Rangers would end up with a supplemental first-rounder under the new CBA, while Seattle’s pick would simply disappear.

- There are rampant reports that Seattle was getting involved in the multi-team trade discussions centered on Arizona outfielder Justin Upton, Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, and young Texas players such as Mike Olt and Martin Perez, and Bowden speculates that the Mariners are doing so with one primary objective: To help ensure that Upton lands in Texas, opening things up for Seattle to sign Hamilton. Weird.

- According to Jeff Wilson (Fort Worth Star-Telegram), the Rangers are willing to move Olt and Perez if it brings Upton to Texas.  Wilson adds that the Diamondbacks, who signed third baseman Eric Chavez yesterday, could flip Olt to the Indians to sweeten the package for Cabrera, and that an Indians reliever could move to Texas.

- Richard Durrett (ESPN Dallas) reports that Texas has talked to Yoshinori Tateyama about coming back.

- Ken Rosenthal suggests Texas, Seattle, and Philadelphia have expressed interest in Raul Ibanez.

- A Major League source tells Wilson that Texas isn’t currently discussing Shields with the Rays, as the club remains focused on Greinke.  Wilson adds that Anibal Sanchez is a potential Rangers target if Greinke signs with the Dodgers.

- Jim Bowden believes Texas has “enough Mike Olt, Leury Garcia, Robbie Ross, Cody Buckel types to get James Shields comfortably.”  He predicts the Rangers end up with either Hamilton or Upton, and then Greinke or Shields.

- According to T.R. Sullivan , the Rangers have traded pitcher Wilfedo Boscan to the Padres. He is the Player to Be Named Later in the trade that sent reliever Corey Burns to the Rangers. The deal was completed after the Rule 5 draft.

- They have agreed to terms with the following four players to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training: 1B/DH Brandon Allen, RHP Jake Brigham, RHP Evan Meek, and RHP Randy Wells.

- Koji Uehara signs a one year deal with the Red Sox. I wanted to see him back here. Oh well.

 

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