Monday, January 28, 2013
GM talks Elvis Andrus extension and Upton
By Richard Durrett
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels went on The Front Office on MLB Network Radio on Sunday with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden (an ESPN.com contributor) and discussed a few things. Here's some of what he said:
* Daniels reiterated that he doesn't believe his club will do anything major between now and when spring training starts. Of course, he won't rule anything out. While Michael Bourn and Kyle Lohse seems like real longshots at this point, I'll remind you that it takes one phone call to get things going. So you never know. But Daniels is comfortable with the club as it's constructed and is prepared to go to spring as it is right now.
* The Rangers weren't really "in" on Justin Upton after he vetoed Arizona's proposed trade with Seattle.
"Once the deal with Seattle went down and then ultimately didn’t, that was probably the end of our involvement," Daniels said. "Our deal had we done something with him was more prospect-oriented. I think (Kevin Towers') focus was, not that he wasn’t looking for prospects, but was looking for big league fits and got one with (Martin) Prado, and we weren’t looking to part with one of our shortstops.
"We just didn’t line up, so be both agreed to move on."
* Daniels said the club is interested in extended Elvis Andrus, but accepts that it could be a big challenge. Daniels noted that it's rare that a major Scott Boras client extends before free agency hits, though there are exceptions (Andruw Jones, Carlos Gonzalez, Jered Weaver).
"Those guys said, 'Hey, I don’t need top dollar. I don’t need to be the highest-paid guy. I want to be here.’ At some level, Elvis is going to have to say that. He’s expressed a desire to be here, but he hasn’t materialized to the point yet where I have a feeling one way or the other that it’s going to happen.
Right now, we probably do have to anticipate it’s going to be a challenging guy for us to sign, but we haven’t given up on that. We love the way Elvis fist on the club right now."