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The Rangers are weighing two options as the Trade Deadline approaches: starting pitching and a right-handed bat.
The Rangers could use another starting pitcher but aren’t particularly enamored with Florida’s Ricky Nolasco. The interest is described as mild at best. The Rangers are still expecting to get Alexi Ogando off the disabled list after the Al-Star break and he will return to the rotation. The Rangers are also encouraged by the progress being made by Colby Lewis and he could be an option by July 31.
Cliff Lee? The Rangers have been told the Phillies expect any team that wants him to take on his full contract and give up significant prospects in return.
The right-handed bat has been a subject of discussion since the beginning of the season but again the Rangers are hoping Jeff Baker will be back after the All-Star break.
The Rangers biggest concern with their offense is Lance Berkman. His right knee is still an issue and he has not produced offensively the way the Rangers expected. He is the one player who will lose the most playing time to Jurickson Profar. Right now the Rangers are starting to surmise their best lineup includes Profar over Berkman.
The Rangers would be interested in Paul Konerko but are operating under the assumption he is not available. They could be interested in White Sox outfielder Alex Rios. Josh Willingham of the Twins could be another target.
- The Giants added some infield depth on Friday night, acquiring Marco Scutaro and cash from the Rockies for Triple-A infielder Charlie Culberson.
- Despite losing out to the division rival Angels for Zack Greinke, the Rangers are “not necessarily” turning their attention to the Rays’ James Shields or the Marlins’ Josh Johnson, a source told our own T.R. Sullivan.
- Shields and Johnson are the two premiere names left in the starting pitching market. Several teams, including the Rangers, Dodgers, Braves and Cardinals are rumored to hold interest in Shields. But the veteran right-hander insisted the situation hasn’t been a distraction and that he’d like to remain with Tampa Bay. The Marlins, meanwhile, are asking for a ton in exchange for Johnson.
- The Phillies probably aren’t ready to part with center fielder Shane Victorino just yet, but they are listening to offers, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark.
– Andrew Simon
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said on
Saturday at the Orioles State of the Team address no one is untouchable
when it comes to trade talks, including the team’s young core. But
MacPhail did acknowledge that it would be hard to part with a young
player even if the team would get back a impact bat that it badly needs
for the future.
The Orioles are actively shopping veterans Ty
Wigginton and Miguel Tejada, with Wigginton the team’s best
trade chip given his versatility and resurgent year. The Rangers had a
scout in attendance last night and have made it no secret that they are
interested in Wigginton.
It’s important to keep an eye on Brian
Roberts‘ return, as that would clearly give MacPhail reason to move
Wigginton. The timetable on trading Wiggy figures to rely heavily on
when the Os will have a healthy B-Rob.
The Texas Rangers, who had a scout in attendance for Friday’s Orioles-Blue Jays game, are among the teams believed to be interested in All-Star Ty Wigginton. Wigginton is the Orioles best trade chip, and the Rangers have reportedly asked for Wigginton before but didn’t want to meet Baltimore’s demands.
The Phillies are another rumored candidate for Wigginton, who has been traded twice already and is on numerous shopping lists. Wigginton is a versatile right-handed hitter who could help a myriad of teams down the stretch.