One of the biggest surprises of the offseason came when the Rangers nixed a proposed deal to acquire Mike Lowell, which led to one of the more uncomfortable situations in baseball, considering Lowell knew the Red Sox were looking to deal him and just couldn’t find a match. Well, according to a report by WEEI.com, we may have Lowell to Texas Part II. The Web site attributed an unnamed Major League source that the Rangers “continue to monitor” the status of Lowell — currently on the DL with soreness in his surgically repaired hip — and could have “increased interest” in a deal.
The Red Sox and Rangers have continued to talk throughout the season about the possibility of bringing the previously vetoed deal back to life, according to the site. Texas would be interested because it just dealt Justin Smoak to the Rangers to acquire Cliff Lee, and current first baseman Chris Davis (.203 batting average, zero home runs in 19 games) is struggling. Still, the Rangers, according to WEEI.com, will continue to look for other trade options before pulling the trigger on another Lowell deal.
Here’s more from around the league …
* The Mets, as a surprise to no one, are in the market for starting pitching. ESPN’s Buster Olney named Jake Westbrook, Ted Lilly and — wait for it — Brett Myers as rotation candidates they’ve kept tabs on.
* The Marlins could be on the verge of making a move, considering manager Edwin Rodriguez
said Thursday that he’s thinking about plugging Emilio Bonifacio
into the leadoff spot, even though there’s seemingly no position for him at the moment. Can that mean Cody Ross
, Jorge Cantu
or Dan Uggla
are moved relatively soon? As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro writes, this homestand
could decide what course of action Florida takes in regards to the non-waiver Trade Deadline.
* Struggling left-hander Dontrelle Willis
was prepared to sit out the rest of the 2010 season, but the Giants gave him another shot
with a Minor League contract, and the Alameda, Calif., product accepted.
* A couple of rather notable bullpen moves were made late Thursday afternoon. The Reds signed
41-year-old right-hander Russ Springer
, and the Phillies designated
36-year-old righty Nelson Figueroa
for assignment. Meanwhile, GM Walt Jocketty may not be done
tweaking the Reds’ bullpen just yet, writes MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon.
* Could Joba Chamberlain be next? That’s a question being posed by ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand, who believes Chamberlain’s struggles (a 5.79 ERA in 37 1/3 innings) could lead to him being replaced before the Trade Deadline.
* The Mariners signed three international prospects on Friday, according to Baseball America — Dominican outfielder Phillips Castillo ($2.2 million), Colombian right-hander Jose Torres ($851,000) and Venezuelan third baseman Yordyn Calderon ($477,500).
* The Giants have long been linked to Royals outfielder David DeJesus
. But it might be his teammate, Jose Guillen
, who they end up acquiring
, writes MLB.com’s Chris Haft.
— Alden Gonzalez