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On Miguel Cabrera, Johan Santana, and Texas

Jon Heyman has an item up about the Angels' pursuit of Miguel Cabrera, and the Marlins' demands.

The Angels apparently offered Howie Kendrick, Jeff Mathis, either Nick Adenhart or Ervin Santana, and a "mid-level" prospect for Cabrera. The Marlins came back asking for both Adenhart and Santana (supposedly at the request of owner Jeff Lorie), which has stalemated talks.

The Rangers have supposedly been talking to Florida as well, according to Heyman...and realistically, the Rangers could match what the Marlins are asking for from Anaheim.

Ian Kinsler, Gerald Laird, and two out of Brandon McCarthy, Eric Hurley, and Edinson Volquez gets you about equal to the package requested from the Angels. The issue then, of course, is whether you think you could sign Cabrera long-term, since you don't want to give up a package like that for a guy who you'll only have for 2 years when (everyone all together now) the team is in rebuilding mode.

Along the same lines, the Rangers could trump the offers from Boston and New York for Johan Santana, if they wished (and they've supposedly been talking to the Twins, as well)...

Boston is offering Jacoby Ellsbury or Jon Lester, but not both, along with Jed Lowrie and a prospect (and are willing to kick in Coco Crisp if the Twins take Lester instead of Ellsbury). New York supposedly is offer Philip Hughes, Melky Cabrera, and a prospect (but not Alan Horne, Ian Kennedy, or Austin Jackson).

Now, if the Rangers were so inclined, they could offer Kinsler, and two guys from a mix of McCarthy, Hurley, Volquez, and C.J. Wilson. Conceivably, you could also kick in an Engel Beltre or a Kasey Kiker, to sweeten the pot.

Again, though, the question is whether it makes sense to give up that much talent for Santana, along with whether Santana would waive his no-trade clause to come to Texas, and how much Texas would have to pony up to get him to agree to an extension.

But the pieces are there to make a deal.