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An already thin third-base market got a little slimmer on Thursday, with veteran Michael Young choosing to retire rather than pursue offers from a few teams. With Young off the market, Placido Polanco and Cody Ransom are the top third basemen available.
As MLB.com’s Richard Justice writes, Young was adored by teammates, coaches and fans over a 14-year Major League career. During his 13 seasons with the Rangers, Young not only established himself as the face of the franchise, he was a perennial Gold Glove candidate and an offensive threat.
Although Young’s retirement dominated the headlines on Thursday, the Hot Stove did see some more action:
* With Spring Training right around the corner, MLB.com’s Phil Rogers examined the remaining free agent crop and put together an interesting team of available players. A.J. Burnett, Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, Ubaldo Jimenez and Tommy Hanson are among the top starting pitchers still on the market, not to mention Jason Hammel and Paul Maholm. Several talented relievers are also available, most notably closer Fernando Rodney.
As for position players, such big names as shortstop Stephen Drew, slugger Kendrys Morales and outfielder Nelson Cruz are all looking for work. The Hot Stove will surely heat up as these players move closer to signing deals.
* Meanwhile, left-hander Bruce Chen and the Royals are close to completing a one-year contract; Chen needs to undergo a physical before the deal becomes official.
Chen’s almost certain return to Kansas City’s rotation is likely to have an impact on Santana, who posted a 3.24 ERA with the Royals last year. MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel predicts Santana is “not likely to follow Chen back through the Royals clubhouse door.”
– Austin Laymance
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.