Local ESPN radio hosts mentioned that rumors are flying all over the place that as the Yankees may not be dead yet, Cashman is getting more serious about getting a firstbaseman. And as the Rangers and Yankees have been scouting each other for a while for reasons ranging from Bullpen help to possibly Sammy Sosa, they’ve gotten to know each other’s talent pretty well. And while the Yankees were on the sellers-buyers fence at the All-Star break, they’re pulling their typical post-break magic and are suddenly above .500, in 2nd place and only 8 behind Boston. They’ll be buying this month!
In the meantime, rumors have also started circling that the Red Sox may grab Teixeira. That sounds far fetched to me. As do rumors about a possible trade with the Ranger-killing Angels.
But, there are substantiated rumors that the Dodgers are interested. And suddenly the Braves have been mentioned to be in the mix.
Hmmmm. Has Little Jon DanielsHart finally gotten smart? The richest teams in baseball are suddenly rumored to be interested in Tex? That’s every GMs goal when they’re shopping a player, with a Yankees-Red Sox bidding war being a GM’s dream!
Or is more likely that Tex has told Scott Boras what he wants, and they’re not sitting around waiting for Hicks and Daniels to screw things up by their incompetence when it comes to generating buzz and “selling” a player?
Either way, these kinds are rumors are great news for the Rangers, as Tex talk had gotten too quiet for a while.
Certainly, coming back from the DL red hot in his first 4 games helped. But going hitless since won’t help. If Teixeira really does want to go play for a winner now, he needs to stay consistent. But the multi-million question remains – can DanielsHart finally orchestrate a trade that helps his club more than the team he trades with. Or will Cashman or John Schuerholz or Theo Epstein give Hicks and DanielsHart another schooling like Cashman, Doug Melvin, Kevin Towers and Jim Bowden already have in recent years?