The biggest name on the market has been dealt, tentatively setting the market going forward. But the number of teams still “in the mix” is high enough that the buyer and seller columns are hardly set in stone, and the Rangers, now at three games above .500 despite their lack of quality pitching and a recent string of injuries, are squarely in the middle of that gray area. It is July 7th, and frankly, I have no idea what this team will do.
I am fairly certain they will try to find a trade partner for Frank Catalanotto, but I doubt they are looking to give him away. We have heard they are willing to deal Padilla, but their pitching depth is thin right now, and with Padilla’s two recent lackluster efforts and recent injury news, it is hard to imagine his trade value being greater than his value to the Rangers at this point. However, a couple of strong starts, along with positive news about guys like Hurley, Mathis, Murray, and McCarthy in the coming weeks, could change that.
Milton Bradley is another wild card. His numbers are still among the league leaders, but he has been missing more and more games of late, and his delicate handling by the Rangers of late is reminiscent of Gagne at this point last year. If a team believes in his health going forward, he should have some serious value. The market for an impact right handed bat is pretty thin, with Bay and Nady as the only real competition.
The catching situation has been skewed by injuries. I have a feeling a resolution will not come until the offseason, due to Salty’s weak performance to date and Laird’s injury.
Any other thoughts, rumors, or musings? I’d love to hear them.