Texas Rangers: Miami Marlins

Saltalamacchia pokes fun at Ian Kinsler, Sox

March, 7, 2014
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New Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s comments about the Boston Red Sox, his former team, sounded familiar Thursday. But there was nothing serious about them.

“I hope they go 0-162,” Saltalamacchia told reporters during spring training yesterday. “Now they're all sleazeballs."

Saltalamacchia, of course, was joking and had a smile on his face as he said it.

The comments were taken from the ESPN The Magazine story on Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler, who made the statements in regards to the Texas Rangers and general manager Jon Daniels in a story published earlier this week.

Kinsler said he hoped the Rangers went “0-162” and called Daniels a “sleazeball,” blaming him for pushing Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan out of the organization. Kinsler has said the comments were “taken a little bit out of context,” but that he had no plans to reach out to Daniels.

Saltalamacchia, who signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Marlins this offseason, is a former teammate of Kinsler’s as the catcher came over to the Rangers as part of the Mark Teixeira deal at the trade deadline in 2007.

Saltalamacchia was part of the world champion Red Sox last year and is close to many of his former teammates there.

Want a splash? Trade for Giancarlo Stanton

December, 14, 2012
12/14/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels didn't want to raise fan expectations about the rest of the offseason late Thursday afternoon, after he and the club found out Josh Hamilton was heading to the Los Angeles Angels.

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"There are players still out there that are intriguing to us that we are going to pursue," Daniels said. "Do I expect us to make a huge splash? At this point, I don’t know. I want to manage expectations on that front for our fans."

But there are still ways the club could make a splash. One possibility? Giancarlo Stanton.

That name popped up in the Twitterverse late Thursday, when this appeared on MLBTradeRumors.com:



The Marlins could reverse their stance on trading Giancarlo Stanton, opines MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, if the Rangers are desperate to add another big bat and were willing to offer Jurickson Profar or Mike Olt in a deal.




We broached the topic of Stanton shortly after the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins made their blockbuster deal in mid November. I've got to think that any deal for the young outfielder must start with Profar. And as I said then, there are special situations when you consider dealing Profar (in a trade for a top-flight pitcher like David Price or Felix Hernandez...just throwing out names) or for a player like Stanton.

Now that Hamilton is gone, the Rangers must try to replace some of that production. Stanton batted .290 with 37 homers and 86 RBIs in 449 at-bats. He had 34 homers and 87 RBIs in 2011 (with a .260 average). No, those are Hamilton numbers. But they sure are close. And Stanton is under club control for the next four seasons.

The Marlins would be wise to build around Stanton, but he's not happy with the direction of the club (not a surprise). Perhaps Mike Olt interests the Marlins enough that you could build up a package with him, Martin Perez and/or Cody Buckel and others. Maybe. But it's likely the conversation really couldn't get going without Profar. It would give Miami a player back that is under club control for a long time and just starting his career.

The Rangers' front office won't panic. That's not how they operate.

"One thing we don’t want to do is settle," Daniels said. "What we don’t believe in is just going down the checklist until you get a guy, that’s not us."

But you can bet Stanton's name would be near the top of any trade list involving big-time bats. The Rangers need one of those. They have the farm system to overwhelm somebody. Is now the time to do that with Stanton?

I would call Miami and see if a conversation could get started. To me, Stanton is the type of player that is worth dangling Profar in a package. But that's just me. (And to answer a few of your questions, no I would not have traded him to get James Shields. Profar is worth more than that.) Stanton sure would look good in the middle of the Rangers lineup.

Would you trade Profar to get a player like Stanton?

Deadline talk: Starters, relievers, bats

July, 30, 2012
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The trade deadline is getting closer. Will the Rangers have a new player or two on the roster by Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. CT? Let's take a look at a few things to watch as things wind down:

* Starting pitchers. The club would still like one, but the question is whether there's a viable option out there. The market has thinned in recent days. The price has been high on Miami Marlins' Josh Johnson, who didn't help his stock with his performance on Sunday (two runs allowed, but six walks in five innings vs. Padres). Tampa Bay is right in the hunt and may not want to move James Shields, who also has a club-friendly contract. Matt Garza is still out there, but with a triceps issue and the fact that he's not pitching before the trade deadline, do you want to take a chance on him?

Reports have surfaced, including this one from our buddy Gordon Edes from ESPNBoston.com, that that Red Sox are shopping Josh Beckett. They are calling teams they feel would be interested, including Texas. Beckett is 5-9 with a 4.57 ERA in 17 starts this season and is scheduled to pitch again Tuesday. He has 10-5 rights, but several reports said it's believed he would waive those rights to come to Texas. The biggest issue may be money. With Beckett not pitching particularly well this season, it's likely that any team that consider Beckett would only do so at a big discount. That means Boston taking a good portion of the remaining dollars left on his contract. He's making $15.75 million this season, $15.75 million next year and $15.75 million in 2014.

It certainly seems like a longshot, but you never know.

* Relievers. The club has turned its attention more toward bullpen help in the past day or two as the starting market has dwindled a bit. They've shown interest in Jonathan Broxton and Rafael Betancourt with the idea that they could strengthen the bullpen and possibly move Alexi Ogando to the rotation.

* Bats. We saw last year how critical a bench can be down the stretch and in the postseason. That's especially true if the Rangers get back to the World Series. They could use a right-handed bat. Of course, with the Rangers' offense scuffling a bit, maybe a bat of any kind could provide a spark.

So stay tuned.

Trade deadline talk: Josh Johnson

July, 24, 2012
7/24/12
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Colby Lewis' season-ending injury could certainly alter things for the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline this season now that their top postseason pitcher the past two years won't be toeing the rubber in October. So we continue our look at trade possibilities for Texas a week out of the trade deadline.

JOSH JOHNSON

The Miami Marlins are in sell mode, as evidenced by their willingness to trade Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Detroit Tigers for prospects Monday, so would they consider trading pitcher Josh Johnson? They wouldn't be dealing Johnson when his value was at its highest and they could choose to keep him for 2013. But what if they made him available?

The Rangers have had interest in Johnson in past seasons. The 28-year-old missed most of last season with shoulder inflammation, but has stayed healthy in 2012. He hasn't put up the type of numbers that he has the past six seasons or so -- 6-7 with a 4.14 ERA in 20 starts -- but when he's right, he can shut down opposing lineups.

That was evident on Monday night, when he gave up no runs on one hit with nine strikeouts and no walks against the Atlanta Braves. But he left with a blister on his right middle index finger. He's expected to make his next start.

Johnson is clearly an intriguing option. If he can find a more consistent form, it could be a huge boost to the rotation. He had 15 wins in 2009 and 11 in 2010. He had a 2.30 ERA in 2010 in 28 starts with 186 strikeouts and 48 walks. That was before the shoulder issues.

If the Marlins deal him now, perhaps the Rangers could get him for a decent price. It's a risk in acquiring him in that he's been inconsistent this season. But he did show in June that he can put together a solid stretch. All five of his outings were quality starts and he had a 1.87 ERA with 33 strikeouts and 12 walks. Yet, he's also had three starts that weren't particularly solid in July.

Do you have any interest? I do. What are you willing to give up? Is Johnson worth looking into or do the Rangers need a bigger name with more proven success in 2012?

Lobby talk: Mark Buehrle heads to Miami

December, 7, 2011
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DALLAS -- The Miami Marlins, according to various reports (including Jayson Stark at ESPN.com), have agreed to terms with Mark Buehrle on a four-year, $58 million deal. (Amazingly, that means they've spent $191 million on Heath Bell, Jose Reyes and now Buehrle).

So what does that mean for C.J. Wilson? It certainly makes it appear that the Marlins won't still be aggressive on Wilson, but with the kind of splash they are making this week, you never know.

That would likely make the Wilson sweepstakes a duel of AL West contenders: The Rangers and Angels.

Texas will not go six years for Wilson and it reports are that he has a five-year offer from the Angels. That likely puts them in the lead for his services, though Wilson is happy in Texas. Wilson texted earlier this afternoon that the decision is "very" difficult and that he has not made up his mind. The Rangers weren't optimistic about signing Buerhle or Wilson earlier in the day.

Buehrle had narrowed his choices to three teams, one of which was believed to be the Rangers, who were not comfortable even a few days ago talking about four years for Buehrle.

Source: C.J. Wilson meets with Miami Marlins

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
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Free agent left-handed pitcher C.J. Wilson is currently in Florida meeting with officials of the Miami Marlins, a source confirmed.

Wilson, 31, and his representatives have already met with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this offseason as he explores the market for a long-term contract. The Rangers have said they remain interested in the starter with the Winter Meetings slated to begin in Dallas in a week.

“It may be a deal where he comes back and says, 'I want to be in Texas' and it makes sense and we're able to work something out, and it may not,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said last week. “C.J. is looking for what the market will bring. He deserves to be well compensated.”

Wilson was offered arbitration by the Rangers, but is expected to decline it in pursuit of a bigger deal as a free agent. Should Wilson sign with another club, the Rangers would get two draft picks as compensation. Wilson has until next Wednesday night at 11 p.m. central time to decide.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182