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Rangers sign Nathan Haynes

...according to Richard Durrett

The only reason this is notable to me is that, as Adam pointed out when the Rays claimed Haynes off waivers from the Angels (also an interesting Nelson Cruz twist there), he was a key player in some of LA's offers to Texas a year and a half ago. This post from Adam a few days before the deadline is a happy memory for me in retrospect. The NY and Boston media machines were working hard to intimidate Daniels, and those two clubs were really hoping to lowball him:

New York Newsday says the Rangers need to lower their demands for Teixeira for the Yankees to be involved, and another report says that the Yanks won't part with Chamberlain, Kennedy or Hughes, and thus are going to focus on Ty Wigginton instead of Teixeira.

But hey, the Yankees can pat themselves on the back for not parting with any of their pitching prospects, and can convince themselves that Andy Phillips and a couple of pitchers below the Alan Horne-level of quality was a strong offer, and the Rangers were just being unreasonable, while the BoSox can tell themselves the same thing, that Brandon Moss and Wily Mo Pena was more than reasonable...

That the Yankees wouldn't include Hughes or Chamberlain is completely understandable. But to not be willing to discuss Kennedy, who has never had a ceiling above a #3 starter, was always comical to me. I guess you could argue that they get the last laugh in a manner of speaking, but they have also seen two opportunities to win something pass in the mean time, and Kennedy's value is now pretty close to nil.

Anyway, thank you John Schuerholz.

 

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