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Thursday a.m. things

Well, Michael Young has supposedly won the gold glove in the American League at shortstop.  I talked about this last night, so I won't belabor it again this morning, other than to note that, for what it is worth, Young wasn't as bad this season as he has been in the past.  He still wasn't good -- he definitely wasn't the best defensive shortstop in the league -- but he wasn't awful, as he has been in prior years.

Evan Grant's article this morning says that Jon Daniels and his group have spent about 90% of the time focused on pitching, with the other 10% devoted to finding a third baseman.  Grant says Hank Blalock likely won't be able to play third base, and neither Casey Blake nor Joe Crede look like good fits among free agents. 

Grant also says that, vis-a-vis Marlins pitchers, the Rangers are more interested in Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco than Scott Olsen.

Jeff Wilson breaks down the four Rangers catchers, with scouting reports for each of them, and mentions that the BoSox have talked about Saltalamacchia and Teagarden.  The Boston Globe also mentions those two in connection with the BoSox.

The Detroit Free Press says the Tigers are interested in Gerald Laird, but don't have the starting pitching the Rangers want.