NY Post reports bizarre Rangers rumors

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 18: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers bats against the New York Yankees in Game Three of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 18 2010 in New York New York. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mitch Moreland

George King III of the New York Post devotes several paragraphs to a set of rumors involving the Texas Rangers which don't really make much sense:

One NL executive said he heard the Rangers were looking to sign free- agent first baseman Prince Fielder and deal first baseman Mitch Moreland to the Rays for pitcher Wade Davis in the wake of Pujols going to an AL West rival.

However, a person with knowledge of the Rangers’ plans, said those scenarios weren’t close to materializing.

The Rangers have an interest in the BrewersCasey McGehee to play first. That would enable them to deal Moreland to the Rays for Davis, who might not crack Tampa Bay’s rotation.

The Rangers may very well end up players for Fielder. His situation is similar to Adrian Beltre's last season, where the Rangers "checked in" with Scott Boras but publicly downplayed their interest for a while. If Fielder wants Albert Pujols dollars, the Rangers are likely to pass. If the price comes down, I imagine the Rangers would have some interest.

However...trading Mitch Moreland for Wade Davis? Davis is 26, had an ERA of 4.45 in 2011 and 4.07 in 2010, with FIPs of 4.79 and 4.67. He's a fly ball pitcher, and his K rate dropped to 5.1/9 last season. I'm not a huge Mitch Moreland fan, but that seems to be a lousy trade.

And the idea that they'd go get Casey McGehee to play first base? McGehee is 29 years old and put up a 626 OPS in 2011.

So, according to King, the Rangers would go get McGehee to replace Moreland, who is better than McGehee, so they can trade Moreland to Tampa for Wade Davis, who would be the 7th best candidate for the Texas Ranger rotation in 2012, behind Lewis, Holland, Harrison, Ogando, Feliz, and Feldman.

That doesn't add up.

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