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A few things this afternoon that might be of some interest...

Keith Law has a chat session up, and mentions several Rangers-related items, including Elvis Andrus as possibly the best shortstop prospect in the minors (he has him as a toss-up with Tim Beckham), and says if the Mets wanted to shake things up by dealing Jose Reyes, the Rangers should be the first folks for them to call...

The BA Top 20 for the Texas League is up, with Chris Davis, Elvis Andrus, Julio Borbon and Max Ramirez all included (in that order) in the top 10...

And Joe Sheehan led off his column at BP yesterday this way:

The Brandon McCarthy-for-John Danks trade was largely considered a win for the Rangers at the time. McCarthy, a stat-head favorite for his ability to prevent walks, was seen as the kind of strike-throwing machine who would anchor the always-troubled Rangers rotation. Danks, on the other hand, had something of a failed-prospect sheen to him, and with his high fly-ball rate, seemed to be the type of pitcher who would struggle to establish himself.

I debated whether or not to link this, because of the inevitable firestorm such mentions create and a general weariness on this topic...

But I do think it is worth noting that, contrary to some revisionist history, there wasn't a widespread belief when this came down that the Rangers got screwed (unlike, say, the Padres trade)...