Rangers insider Evan Grant takes a look at five Rangers related stories to monitor during MLB’s Winter Meetings, which begin Monday at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The meetings conclude Thursday morning with the Rule 5 draft:
Pittsburgh talks: If there is a Most Desired Ranger on the market, it is first baseman Mitch Moreland jersey cheap, with Pittsburgh as the most aggressive suitor. The Pirates nontendered Pedro jersey cheap Alvarez jersey cheap last week, leaving an opening for a left handed hitting first baseman. Trading Moreland to Pittsburgh would create financial resources to re sign Mike Napoli jersey cheap, which would then also better balance the lineup. The question is whether there is a realistic trade fit with the Pirates, or if the clubs might have to involve a third team in talks.
Milwaukee talks: The Rangers tried to engage Milwaukee in conversation about catcher Jonathan Lucroy jersey cheap last July, but then GM Doug Melvin wasn’t inclined to move him. Now, with new GM David Stearns in full scale rebuilding mode, the Brewers may be more willing to talk. The issue: Since this would be Stearns’ first big deal, he’s also likely to seek to “win” the trade, and the Rangers aren’t in a position to overpay.
Catching depth: In the likely event there isn’t a match with Milwaukee on Lucroy, the Rangers still need a capable catching option because otherwise, the club would be relying Wholesale Jerseys
on both Robinson Chirinos jersey cheap and Chris Gimenez jersey cheap to surpass their previous highs for playing time in 2016. The thin free agent market has already been thinned out further with a flurry of signings. Division rival Seattle, with whom the Rangers have already made one trade this winter, suddenly finds itself with extra catching. Mike Zunino jersey cheap might be worth a discussion or three.
Outfield depth: At this point, Ryan Rua jersey cheap, with 195 career major league plate appearances, and Patrick Kivlehan jersey cheap, with none, are the right handed hitting outfield depth for Josh Hamilton jersey cheap. The Rangers need more experience there. Rajai Davis jersey cheap has speed and can play center field, too. Steve Pearce jersey cheap and Jonny Gomes jersey cheap have power.
Will anybody take a big salary? The Rangers could still become active on the elite free agent market, but only if somebody offers to take a major salary off their hands. The Rangers would certainly listen on Prince Fielder jersey cheap, Elvis Andrus jersey cheap or Shin Soo Choo. Big question: Will anybody call? Bigger question: Would any of those callers be willing to take on the majority of those contracts?DANIELS ON PODCAST
Texas Rangers jersey cheap general manager Jon Daniels recently joined Evan Grant, Barry Horn and Kevin Sherrington on the Upon Further Review podcast to talk all things baseball, with an emphasis on the upcoming winter meetings.