Found November 13, 2012 on
MLB Injury News:
The Texas Rangers were willing to trade former top prospect
Mike Olt to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who the team
would then have flipped in a package to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for
outfielder Justin Upton, reports Danny Knobler of CBBSports.com.
Rangers wanted Upton enough that they tried to trade Olt for ATL's Simmons (who AZ wants). Braves wouldn't do it, tho.
— DKnobler (@DKnobler) November 12, 2012
Knobler goes on to note that if the Braves had any interest
in trading Simmons they would likely send him to the Diamondbacks and simply
collect Upton on their own.
Arizona reportedly covets a talented young shortstop in any
trade involving Upton. While Simmons certainly fits the bill, the Rangers have
two such players of their own; Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar.
With Profar emerging late last season as a viable option at
the major league level, many expected the Rangers to shop Andrus this winter in
order to fill other areas of need. However, Texas is inclined to keep both
players, meaning they needed another talented young shortstop on their roster
if they wanted to complete a trade for Upton.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is one of the most aggressive
in the game, so it’s no surprise to hear of this attempt. Texas’ apparent run
at Upton is also another signal that the Josh Hamilton era is likely over for
var _gaq = _gaq || ;
ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script'); s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
BEST OF MAXIM
Mike Napoli had an off year. We know that. The question is, did he have an off year because he was injured, did he have an off year because it was a fluke, or was 2012 an indication of the player Napoli really is? It's a hard question to answer after Napoli's 2011 season and subsequent 2012 disappointment. However, he has proven over his years in the Majors, he can...
Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish finished third in the American League rookie of the year voting.
Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout was the unanimous winner of the award, receiving all 28 first-place votes. Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes finished second.
Darvish finished with nine second-place votes and 19 third-place votes, giving him 46 points. Cespedes had 63 points...
Table of Contents
Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of Daily Notes.
1. Texas First Baseman Someday, Maybe: Chris McGuiness
2. SCOUT Leaderboards: Arizona Fall League
3. Double-Video Situation: Chris McGuiness Homering
Texas First Baseman Someday, Maybe: Chris McGuiness
Chris McGuiness is a 24-year-old first base-type in the Texas system who has sat (sitted?) atop...
Mike Napoli has spent the bulk of his big league career behind the plate, but if need be, he’s willing to make a permanent change, 90 feet to his right.
The catcher/first baseman has turned into one of the most highly sought-after free agents in a scarce free agent class, and Napoli says he’s open to playing first base if need be, despite spending most of his career as a catcher...
The Alamodome in San Antonio is expected to host to major-league baseball for the first time next year when the Texas Rangers travel to the stadium built for football during spring training to play one or two exhibition games. The games could be played in on a Friday-Saturday in March, the San Antonio Express-News reported. Plans are still being finalized, said Reid Ryan, CEO...
Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here... highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.
After all, the Red Sox still need a first baseman, and let's be honest, that's what Napoli would be, with or without the signing of another catcher over the weekend.
Here is what Texas general manager...
Top prospect Jurickson Profar began his 2012 Dominican Winter League campaign with a bang on Friday, going 3-for-4 with a double. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Tigres del Licey centerfielder and leadoff hitter Leonys Martin socked his third home run of the winterball campaign on Tuesday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Top prospect Jurickson Profar capped off a strong opening weekend in the Dominican Winter League by socking a walkoff home run for his Licey club on Sunday. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Free agent slugger and former Texas Rangers catcher Mike
Napoli is drawing interest from the New York Yankees, reports Bob Nightengale
of USA Today.
Mike Napoli, the Texas #Rangers free-agent catcher, is drawing interest from the New York #Yankees
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 12, 2012
Napoli has garnered significant interest already this
BP`s clinical psychologist brings his experience and expertise to bear in evaluating the impact of Zack Greinke`s and Josh Hamilton`s mental health histories on their on-field futures.
Free agent outfielder Torii Hunter is reportedly nearing a
decision on where he’ll play next season, something that could be announced in
the next two weeks, and it appears to have come down to two teams, the Detroit
Tigers and Texas Rangers, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
Sources say there’s a good chance Torii Hunter will sign with the Tigers unless his hometown...