As many of you know, the Nationals have joined the Tigers and Reds in the pursuit of Gerald Laird. Could this guy be on the Rangers' radar? But that is hardly the only significant rumor mill fodder to come out recently.
JD Sullivan adds that the Giants and Rangers will discuss Big Bank Hank and Jonathan (Dirty) Sanchez. Sanchez and the Giants have been tied to Cantu and the Marlins and Encarnacion and the Reds, and both of those players have been healthier, more productive, and are under control longer, making it seem like the Rangers would need to significantly sweeten the pot to make such a trade happen.It is worth noting that the Giants could use some middle infield talent, an area in which the Rangers enjoy some depth. Still, the Giants have been tied to Blalock for a while now, so their interest seems legit. They have Sandoval, who profiles better defensively as a 1B, so a lot could hang on how confident the Giants are that Blalock can return to third, his previously stated preference.
Also, there are reports leaking that Jason Varitek will reject arbitration, which seemingly takes away a little of the leverage from the Red Sox should they and the Rangers continue to discuss a young catcher for pitcher swap. It seems that many around here have grown to like the idea of keeping both Teagarden and Salty and continuing to let both high-upside players develop, but I still think dealing one of these two for a significant young pitching return would be ideal, as the market will probably only become more saturated with young catchers as the glut of minor league talent works its way up to the major league level. Perhaps this is a good place to note Salty's continued domination of Dominican Winter Ball.