Monday, February 22, 2010
Rangers to discuss Greene situation
By Richard Durrett
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Rangers are expected to discuss Khalil Greene this morning and a FoxSports.com report that he will not report to camp on time because of anxiety issues.
The report, according to sources, says Greene won't report as scheduled on Tuesday. Greene, 30, signed a one-year, $750,000 contract in January.
That would certainly alter general manager Jon Daniels' plans for the utility spot. The club had talked about having Greene be able to backup all four infield spots, even spending some time at first base, a position he hasn't played.
Greene addressed his anxiety issues with reporters shortly after the signing was announced. He talked about how he was excited about the upcoming season and enjoying baseball again. Greene was on the disabled list twice last season with the Cardinals because of anxiety issues.
"I feel like at that point, it was something that was lingering as far as having unresolved personal things," Greene said in a conference call in January. "I won't get into specifics, but I don't think it's any different than a lot of people as far as stresses and pressure of everyday life on the field and off the field. I was carrying that on the field where the game itself becomes an obstacle. It wasn't the primary obstacle, but it was difficult."
The Rangers don't have a long list of internal candidates who can play all the infield spots. So they might have to look outside via free agency or trade. They'd like a right-handed bat who could play first.
Felipe Lopez, 29, is still on the market as a possibility. He hit .310 with nine homers and 57 RBIs with Arizona and Milwaukee in 2009. He also changed agents, according to an ESPN.com report, leaving Scott Boras. The Rangers also kicked the tires on Augie Ojeda, who played for Arizona last year and agreed on a one-year deal with the club again this offseason. More on the possibilities later. And we'll update you when the Rangers discuss the matter.