Thursday was the final day for the Winter Meetings which ended with only a few minor moves.
I guess the biggest news was that the Yankees reportedly offered Omar Infante a 3 year $24 mil deal…but he declined it because he is looking for a 4 yr $40 mil deal. It has to be odd for the Yankees to get turned down. I’m not used to seeing them miss out on so many players in the same off season.
As for the Cruz/Choo sweepstakes…
I doubt that the Rangers are willing to go to seven guaranteed years, something Scott Boras and Choo have publicly been asking for, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there were a couple of option years offered.
Seattle is still rumored to be pursuing Nelson Cruz. At one point during the week, there was a brief rumor that Nelly turned down a multi-year offer from them…possibly trying to hold out for the Rangers.
Another interesting rumor that’s floating around is a possible Ranger reunion with Michael Young. I guess if he’s willing to be a back up and play for almost nothing then it sort of makes sense. He could provided some extra guidance or Jurickson Profar while giving the Ranges some much needed right-handed depth at multiple positions. I wouldn’t hold my breath on this one, but it gives us something to talk about on an otherwise uneventful day.
The biggest news of the day was the reported deal that didn’t go through involving the Yankees and the Reds. By some reports, the Yankees have turned down a deal that would landed them Brandon Phillips in exchange for Brett Gardner. On the surface that seems like a pretty good deal for the Yankees, but once you look at the money, I just don’t think they wanted to take on all that payroll. Additionally, it’s also been rumored that Phillips wanted even more money in order to entice him to waive his no trade clause.
The biggest news of the day as it relates to the Rangers was the acquisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison by the Mariners…which possibly could take them out of the Nelson Cruz and Shin-Soo Choo sweepstakes.
The Mariners have done a decent job of improving their team, but even with Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, and Logan Morrison…I still think they’re the fourth best team in the AL West. That being said, I do think they are setting themselves up to make at least one more semi big move.
Other Ranger related news…
Bartolo Colon agreed to at 2 year, $20 mil deal with the Mets. Colon is 41 and committing decent money on a multi-year deal was probably not a good investment for the Rangers.
Another potential Ranger target is about to sign with the Giants. It’s being reported that Michael Morse is close to signing a 1 year incentive laden $6 mil deal. I like Morse and think he can still hit. He had a horrendous year last year, but I would have liked to see the Rangers bring him in as guy that could play a little LF, DH, and play a little 1B…all areas that the Rangers need help in…especially if they miss out out on Nelson Cruz and/or Choo. To me, $6 mil is a low risk, high reward gamble that would have made sense for the Rangers. On the other hand, maybe the fact that they didn’t sign Morse means they are seriously in on Choo and or Cruz.
The Angels are now rumored to be interested in Matt Garza. I know he didn’t exactly pitch well while he was here, but he is a good pitcher and lets just be honest here…I hate the Angels. I’d rather see them sign some bum like Roy Oswalt or Lance Berkman…oh wait, that was us…never mind.
The Mets are expected to sign right-hander Bartolo Colon to a reported 2 year $20 mil deal and while that’s not a big loss for the Rangers, it still stings a little because he would have fit in here nicely.
The news that concerns me is that Baltimore has reportedly offered Nelly a contract…which according to at least one media person is in the neighborhood of 4 years and $60 mil. I’m really hoping that’s not accurate because if it is, Nelly would most likely sign that deal.
I guess the biggest news as it pertains to the Rangers is that there are mixed reports on whether or not the Rangers are still in the Shin-Soo-Choo sweepstakes. I talked about that a little bit yesterday and I just don’t think JD wants to commit $140+ mil to him at this point. Detroit has reportedly dropped out of the race but Seattle is very much in there. They seem much more willing to spend big than other more stable teams.
The latest David Price rumors…
His agent has said that Price will not sign an extension with the Mariners if traded, but would be willing to do so for other unnamed teams. Maybe one of those is the Rangers, but that has not been mentioned publicly at this point. Just because he’s not willing to sign an extension now, doesn’t mean Seattle won’t still make a move and trade for him, but in my opinion, they don’t have the prospects or MLB ready offense to make it worth Tampa’s time…unless they include Taijuan Walker…which so far they’ve said they are not willing to do.
Minor Ranger interests….
The Rangers are rumored to be talking with Bartolo Colon on a 1 yr deal. That makes sense to me and I do think it would be a solid move…as long as it’s only for 1 yr. Colon has pitched well the last couple of years and has really helped lead the A’s to two AL West titles. His stuff plays well in the Ballpark and with the Rangers defense, I would imagine that he’d get a ton of groundball outs. Adding Colon also makes sense because as much as we all want Matt Harrison to ready to go, there are no guarantees that he will be the same pitcher he once was…especially not at the beginning. Colby Lewis is also in the mix to fill that role, but who knows if he can bounce back from his own injury issues. Colon is pretty durable and is battle tested in the AL West. Signing him could allow the Rangers to move Alexi Ogando to the bullpen or even package him in a deal for David Price or possibly Brett Gardner.
The Rangers have also expressed interest in Jamey Carroll…for some reason. I’m guessing they think he could possibly serve as a motivator/insurance policy for Jurickson Profar, but I can’t imagine Jamey Carroll having any affect on Profar whatsoever. They already have Adam Rosales as a possible utility guy, I don’t think they need Carroll at this point.
Ranger legend Eric Nadel has been named the 2014 Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. This is the fourth year in a row that he’s been a finalist for the award and all I can say is…It’s about time.
Nadel has been a Ranger broadcaster for 35 seasons with 19 of those years as the main radio voice. He’s so good on the radio that many Ranger fans choose to mute the tv broadcast and tune their radios in to hear his coverage instead.