Rangers not willing to part with top pitching prospects
The Rangers have expressed interest in Braves catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis, though MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that Texas considered it a “deal breaker” when Atlanta asked for top pitching prospect Alex Gonzalez in return.
Gattis would figure to be a good fit for the Rangers, though they’re understandably unwilling to part with Gonzalez to make it happen. Gonalez, the 23rd overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, went 12-6 with a 2.66 ERA over 26 combined outings this past season between Class A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Frisco.
The Rangers could continue talks with the Braves regarding Gattis, or even outfielder Justin Upton, but they refuse to give up their top young pitchers in exchange.
Texas is also apparently unwilling to part with second baseman Rougned Odor. In a separate tweet, Sullivan mentions that the Rangers have also reached out to the Nationals regarding Jordan Zimmermann, but adds that the Nats are more inclined to discuss a deal involving Doug Fister. Either way, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that the Nats asked for second baseman Rougned Odor in return and were told he is off limits.
— Paul Casella