Rangers Looking For Reserve Infield Help

When the Rangers voided the contract of Khalil Greene last week, it appeared as if the club would look within their system for a replacement.  Indeed, MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan was told by Texas officials that there was a "100 percent probability" that this would be the case (via Twitter).

A week later, however, Sullivan reports that the team is changing its tune.  Greene provided both infield depth and a right-handed corner infield bat, and now the Rangers "are re-assessing the situation and early confidence that the roles could be filled from within may be eroding."  The team hopes that prospect Max Ramirez or former Angel Matt Brown can handle the corner infield job, but several options exist outside the Rangers organization for the utility infield spot.  Sulllivan noted the Dodgers have some extra infielders in camp and listed a few other specific names as options…

  • Julio Lugo.  He may be the odd man out in St. Louis given the Cardinals' recent signing of Felipe Lopez.  Sullivan noted the irony of Lugo possibly again being acquired to replace Greene, given that St. Louis did the same thing last summer.  Sullivan also said Lugo "is somebody [the Rangers] have talked about internally."
  • Augie OjedaWe heard last winter that Texas had some interest in the Diamondbacks infielder.
  • Ramon Vazquez.  Sullivan said "the Pirates may be willing to talk about" dealing the former Ranger.


42 Responses to Rangers Looking For Reserve Infield Help Leave a Reply

  1. Jed Lowrie for Max Ramirez

  2. chaifetz10 5 years ago

    Lugo for Derek Holland, Scott Feldman, or Matt Harrison please???? Ok, I’ll stop dreaming now.

    Seriously though, if the cards can get any form of pitching out of Lugo, whether that be bullpen arm, low level prospect, or over the hill starter…I don’t see why they shouldn’t trade him.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      Wilmer font seems good. He is in the Texas pipeline but really overlooked because of the mass of tslent he has to compete with

      • Ferrariman 5 years ago

        Tslent = talent

      • InTheKZone 5 years ago

        I’d love to get Font in return but I don’t count on that happening even if they do trade him (Lugo) to Texas. Ross is another guy I like.

        What is more likely is just a low-ceiling guy.

        • Ferrariman 5 years ago

          If they were wiling to give max ramirez for mike Lowell AND pay 3mil, I think font for lugo for free sounds reasonable.

        • Ferrariman 5 years ago

          If they were wiling to give max ramirez for mike Lowell AND pay 3mil, I think font for lugo for free sounds reasonable.

      • InTheKZone 5 years ago

        I’d love to get Font in return but I don’t count on that happening even if they do trade him (Lugo) to Texas. Ross is another guy I like.

        What is more likely is just a low-ceiling guy.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      Wilmer font seems good. He is in the Texas pipeline but really overlooked because of the mass of tslent he has to compete with

    • Triteon 5 years ago

      Do you rally see a Lugo trade happening, especially since we’re paying him $400k and the Sox are picking up the other $9 million?

      • Ferrariman 5 years ago

        Why not? He will hardly get playing time with lopez and TLR said they intend to bring tyler greene up this year. Plus he takes up room on the 25man roster. ThAt’s a roster spot we could use to take a more versatile person like Mather, stavinoha, Allen craig or go after a set up man.

  3. chaifetz10 5 years ago

    Lugo for Derek Holland, Scott Feldman, or Matt Harrison please???? Ok, I’ll stop dreaming now.

    Seriously though, if the cards can get any form of pitching out of Lugo, whether that be bullpen arm, low level prospect, or over the hill starter…I don’t see why they shouldn’t trade him.

  4. bleedDODGERblue 5 years ago

    Dodger’s should trade Carrol for some pitching, we don’t need him

    • Taskmaster75 5 years ago

      The sign and trade from a different team. That’s new :D.

      • bleedDODGERblue 5 years ago

        Don’t understand exactly what you mean by that but you gotta admit they kinda jumped the gun when signing him and now in retrospect it was a horrible move

        • Taskmaster75 5 years ago

          Well, signing a guy from a different team and then trading him off to a different team is kind of new, but it wasn’t the greatest deal. They could have had Lopez, who would have been fantastic.

        • Taskmaster75 5 years ago

          Well, signing a guy from a different team and then trading him off to a different team is kind of new, but it wasn’t the greatest deal. They could have had Lopez, who would have been fantastic.

      • bleedDODGERblue 5 years ago

        Don’t understand exactly what you mean by that but you gotta admit they kinda jumped the gun when signing him and now in retrospect it was a horrible move

    • Taskmaster75 5 years ago

      The sign and trade from a different team. That’s new :D.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      You can’t trade a free agent signee till midseason.

      • bleedDODGERblue 5 years ago

        Seriously? Did not know this, thank you

      • bleedDODGERblue 5 years ago

        Seriously? Did not know this, thank you

      • ilikebaseball 5 years ago

        I thought you could if the player were to consent to the deal? I’m not sure though…

      • ilikebaseball 5 years ago

        I thought you could if the player were to consent to the deal? I’m not sure though…

        • Ricky Bones 5 years ago

          That’s only if Eric signs off on the deals first.

    • Ferrariman 5 years ago

      You can’t trade a free agent signee till midseason.

  5. bleedDODGERblue 5 years ago

    Dodger’s should trade Carrol for some pitching, we don’t need him

  6. badscience 5 years ago

    What’s interesting is the name not mentioned in the article, Mike Lowell. My guess is that given the current FA market, the Rangers are no longer interested in the $3M salary they’d agreed to before the thumb surgery. I’d be happy (if he’s happy) for Mikey to stay on with the Sox as a role player for 2010. As for Lowrie, I don’t think the organization is ready to part with him before he gets another 1/2 season of AAA in… just to be sure he’s not the next 3B or SS for the team.

  7. badscience 5 years ago

    What’s interesting is the name not mentioned in the article, Mike Lowell. My guess is that given the current FA market, the Rangers are no longer interested in the $3M salary they’d agreed to before the thumb surgery. I’d be happy (if he’s happy) for Mikey to stay on with the Sox as a role player for 2010. As for Lowrie, I don’t think the organization is ready to part with him before he gets another 1/2 season of AAA in… just to be sure he’s not the next 3B or SS for the team.

  8. BK 5 years ago

    Uggh, Mark my sad words. Matt Brown will explode for Texas and the Angels will look stupid for giving up without even playing him. It gives me a stomachache.

  9. BK 5 years ago

    Uggh, Mark my sad words. Matt Brown will explode for Texas and the Angels will look stupid for giving up without even playing him. It gives me a stomachache.

  10. mikey363 5 years ago

    Can’t imagine the Cardinals will trade Lugo anytime soon. The uncertainty of Ryan and Freese seems it’s in their best interest to keep a stockpile of middle infielders. Lugo would also be desperately needed as the backup SS or 3B should Lopez get injured or have to take over for Schumaker at 2nd. And even if everything works out gloriously for the Cardinals, LaRussa is the most creative mananger in baseball. He will find Lugo playing time so long as he deserves it.

  11. mikey363 5 years ago

    Can’t imagine the Cardinals will trade Lugo anytime soon. The uncertainty of Ryan and Freese seems it’s in their best interest to keep a stockpile of middle infielders. Lugo would also be desperately needed as the backup SS or 3B should Lopez get injured or have to take over for Schumaker at 2nd. And even if everything works out gloriously for the Cardinals, LaRussa is the most creative mananger in baseball. He will find Lugo playing time so long as he deserves it.

  12. joeycrist 5 years ago

    Def trade ramon vazquez to them for next to nothing it opens up the possibility for the team to keep delwyn young who is a very valuable pinch hitter if nothing else and reaffirms the neil walker superutility availability I’d trade vazquez for the best possible prospect available even it is myself who couldn’t touch the diamond lol

  13. joeycrist 5 years ago

    Def trade ramon vazquez to them for next to nothing it opens up the possibility for the team to keep delwyn young who is a very valuable pinch hitter if nothing else and reaffirms the neil walker superutility availability I’d trade vazquez for the best possible prospect available even it is myself who couldn’t touch the diamond lol

  14. joeycrist 5 years ago

    trade vazquez for anyone they are willing to give, allows neil walker the superutility position and keeps dyoung on the 25 man to serve as a pinch hitter

  15. joeycrist 5 years ago

    trade vazquez for anyone they are willing to give, allows neil walker the superutility position and keeps dyoung on the 25 man to serve as a pinch hitter

  16. The Reds have Cairo, Miles, and Janish all looking to compete for the utility role for the Reds…one of them could be shipped to the Rangers

  17. The Reds have Cairo, Miles, and Janish all looking to compete for the utility role for the Reds…one of them could be shipped to the Rangers

  18. Ricky Bones 5 years ago

    “Sullivan noted the irony of Lugo possibly again being acquired to replace Greene, given that St. Louis did the same thing last summer.”

    Nothing about that is ironic.

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