Stark: Padres-Rangers talks heating up


ESPN.com's Jayson Stark writes today that a "source said that in the past 24 hours, Texas' discussions with the Padres have gotten 'more specific' and that the teams were trying to settle on a 'realistic price' for what the Rangers are chasing."

Tops on that list: Heath Bell. The Padres closer clearly makes a lot of sense for the Rangers, who could use back-end bullpen help and would have a guy that can close if Neftali Feliz falters. On Wednesday, manager Ron Washington said he'd like to see "more fire" from Feliz and club president and CEO Nolan Ryan said Feliz's body language concerned him and that he seems "too lackadaisical."

General manager Jon Daniels has said repeatedly that bullpen is his No. 1 priority and Stark said the Rangers have also shown interest in Mike Adams and Chad Qualls. Stark adds this:

Teams that have spoken to the brass in San Diego in the past 24 hours report the Padres are beginning to narrow their focus on potential deals for Bell and/or his chief setup dominator, Mike Adams, with outfielder Ryan Ludwick not far behind.

Nothing appears imminent, but the sides are talking. So we'll wait and see. But there's little question the move would make sense for both teams. The Padres could get some solid propsects and the Rangers would get a critical, bullpen rental. The question will be if there's a price that can satisfy both sides.