Rumors and more rumors
So, in a probabilistic universe, binary outcomes exist simultaneously until they're observed right? So if LSB never finds out if we re-sign Josh Hamilton, trade Elvis Andrus and Michael Young, and sign Zack Greinke, then all those things are happening until we collapse the wave function by observing it. So let's talk about something else until Opening Day.
In case you missed it yesterday, the Angels signed Joe Blanton and reliever Sean Burnett.
Jeff Wilson talks trades, covering the much rumored three-team deal involving Arizona, Cleveland, and Texas, and saying that the Rangers are not currently discussing trading for James Shields. Wilson also notes that this year's Rule 5 draft may be more active than previous years'.
T.R. Sullivan says Jon Daniels is "waiting for the dominoes to fall," and that because the Dodgers are the favorites to land Grienke the Rangers are looking into alternatives like R.A. Dickey and James Shields, though apparently they don't know if the Mets are willing to trade Dickey and "are getting the impression" that Tampa isn't serious about trading Shields. Sullivan briefly mentions that Leury Garcia might play some center field next year, as the depth chart ahead of Garcia is pretty full. Sullivan also tells us that Nolan Ryan is open to a long term deal with Zack Greinke, but that signing both Greinke and Hamilton would exceed their salary budget and would require management approval
Gil Lebreton says that there is a market for Michael Young and that the front office has asked the amazingly lifelike statue or his agent if he is open to a trade, though he says that no one would confirm that rumor on or off the record. And, of course, Evan Grant says that the Rangers and Phillies are in advanced trade talks about moving Young.
Gerry Fraley says that the market for Josh Hamilton has been tepid, with only Seattle and Boston known to have met with Hamilton's agent Mike Moye. Fraley also says that the Rangers are more likely to lose a player in the Rule 5 draft than pick any up.
Lovable ragamuffin Elvis Andrus trolled Rangers fans (and I guess everybody else) last night, sending out two one-word tweets which said, simply, "Really?" It turned out he was just joshin' ya, though.