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Jayson Stark has a notes column up, that includes a rather surprising item regarding the Rangers:

Before the Marlins traded Juan Pierre to the Cubs at the winter meetings, they had potential deals on the table with Texas (for a package headed by Hank Blalock, whom they couldn't afford) and Seattle (for a group that included Jeremy Reed).

I've got a hard time believing either one of those deals were really options for the Marlins. Particularly the Seattle scenario, since Reed was about as good as Pierre was last year, and unlike Pierre, is under team control for a while.

Juan Pierre is simply not all that great a player, and trading Reed+ or Blalock+ to get him wouldn't make any sense for either Seattle or Texas.