Marie: (Daly City, CA): Who do you think the giants would pick if the draft was today? A position player, a pitcher, or the best available player?
Jim Callis: Best available player -- teams at the top of the draft always do this, unless they're crazy.
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Mark (Boston): Potential Delusional Red Sox trade question: Would Bowden or Bard + Level B prospect pry Teagarden away from the Rangers?
Jim Callis: The Rangers could have had Bowden as part of the Eric Gagne trade. Not sure they love him, but that trade could make some sense for Texas. Alleviates their catching logjam and brings in some nearly ready pitching.
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123 (456): Does adding Bowden to a group in Texas that includes Hurley, Harrison, Hunter, Feldman, and Mendoza really make that much sense? Texas seems to have a lot of major league ready mid- to back-of-the-rotation starters.
Jim Callis: I'd take Bowden over any of those guys. That said, if I'm the Rangers, I determine who my best catcher is, keep him and trade a couple of the others. I think their best catcher is Teagarden, so I wouldn't deal him.
Kyle (KC): Can you see Texas putting together a package to go after Greinke?
Jim Callis: Sure, just not sure the Royals will trade him.
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The Dirkatron (USA): Pick the best Rangers' pitching prospect not named Holland or Feliz.
Jim Callis: Michael Main. Though I really like Robbie Ross and watch out for Martin Perez.
For those of you who don't know why the first question might be Rangers-related, you haven't been reading the "the Rangers' 2008 draft sucked because they took Smoak instead of a pitcher" complaints from the past few days...