Rangers Can Add Some Salary Regardless Of Sale

Rangers GM Jon Daniels told Ed Price of AOL FanHouse that his team could add a small amount of payroll even if its sale isn’t complete by the July 31st trade deadline. If new ownership takes over soon, Daniels says the Rangers will “try to add to the club,” but they will have room to add a limited amount of payroll regardless.

A scout who recently watched the Rangers’ Triple A affiliate told Price that the Rangers have some “big arms” and “OK” position players that could become trade bait. Daniels says he’d rather keep his prospects than trade them, but realistically, the Rangers will have to give something up.

The Astros are open to absorbing salary in trades, so Roy Oswalt is almost certainly on the Rangers’ radar. Daniels said earlier in the week that he is open to trading within the division, which means Cliff Lee could be an option for the Rangers if the Mariners make him available.

For now, Colby Lewis, C.J. Wilson, Scott Feldman, Tommy Hunter and Dustin Nippert are starting while Rich Harden and Derek Holland recover from injuries.


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24 Comments on "Rangers Can Add Some Salary Regardless Of Sale"


5 years 2 months ago

If the Rangers can’t acquire Lee or Oswalt, another interesting, and cheaper option would be the Fausto Carmona.

Obviously not the same calibur player, but Carmona’s pitching very well this year and is under team control thru 2013, with two of those years being team options.

And more importantly, Carmona is a ground ball pitcher, who could have a lot of success in the Rangers hitter friendly park.

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

The Indians are likely to demand a lot for Carmona though, mainly for the reasons you listed: under team control with club options and is pitching well again.

5 years 2 months ago

True, but I highly doubt the price for Carmona is as high as it is for Lee/Oswalt. And at least in this scenario they would receive a pitcher on a team friendly contract for 4 more seasons.

ReverendBlack
5 years 2 months ago

I’d say it’s at least as high as the price for Oswalt.

5 years 2 months ago

Same as Oswalt? I don’t care how team-friendly the deal is, Oswalt’s a better pitcher and far more consistent. If the Indians really think that Carmona’s worth as much as Oswalt, then we’re gonna see a real life version of Major League in a few years, except there won’t be a happy ending.

5 years 2 months ago

Did any one in the Indians front office say that they were expecting an Oswalt like return for Carmona? Did anyone on the Indians even say they were trading Carmona?

Maybe you should chill out buddy.

5 years 2 months ago

Sorry if I was sounding a little extreme, but I just thought the idea of that kind of return for Carmona was a bit silly. …Okay, really silly.

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

Except Oswalt isn’t going to garner a high volume of quality prospects because of the money he is owed, and the Astros would like to get out from under that money, whereas the only reason that Carmona would be traded is if someone blew them away with an offer because of how team friendly his contract is. If they were both traded today, I think that the package of prospects delivered to the Indians and Astros would be comparable, because of the huge differences in money. (this is assuming that the trading team is paying for at least 85% of Oswalt’s contract)

5 years 2 months ago

True, but I highly doubt the price for Carmona is as high as it is for Lee/Oswalt. And at least in this scenario they would receive a pitcher on a team friendly contract for 4 more seasons.

Yankees420
5 years 2 months ago

The Indians are likely to demand a lot for Carmona though, mainly for the reasons you listed: under team control with club options and is pitching well again.

5 years 2 months ago

If the Rangers can’t acquire Lee or Oswalt, another interesting, and cheaper option would be the Fausto Carmona.

Obviously not the same calibur player, but Carmona’s pitching very well this year and is under team control thru 2013, with two of those years being team options.

And more importantly, Carmona is a ground ball pitcher, who could have a lot of success in the Rangers hitter friendly park.

5 years 2 months ago

I would love the idea of shipping Lee to the Rangers if I were an Ms fan. It’s not like the Yankees won’t sign him after the year anyway, and I could enjoy having the Rangers best prospects help me beat the Rangers for 6 years.

5 years 2 months ago

I would love the idea of shipping Lee to the Rangers if I were an Ms fan. It’s not like the Yankees won’t sign him after the year anyway, and I could enjoy having the Rangers best prospects help me beat the Rangers for 6 years.

gigantes2425
5 years 2 months ago

i really hope the rangers can pick one of them up. as a giants fan i really don’t want to see the dodgers get either lee or oswalt.

gigantes2425
5 years 2 months ago

i really hope the rangers can pick one of them up. as a giants fan i really don’t want to see the dodgers get either lee or oswalt.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

If the Rangers really have financial flexibility, why did they go all signability guys in the draft?

RDoubleYa
5 years 2 months ago

I think the reason why is because they really DON’T have financial flexibility. They have a little bit at this point to add someone cheap via trade since they have already budgeted for it, but since MLB controls every financial decision they make, they are not allowed to go over slot on draftees without their permission.

RDoubleYa
5 years 2 months ago

I think the reason why is because they really DON’T have financial flexibility. They have a little bit at this point to add someone cheap via trade since they have already budgeted for it, but since MLB controls every financial decision they make, they are not allowed to go over slot on draftees without their permission.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

That’s what I was getting at.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

That’s what I was getting at.

aap212
5 years 2 months ago

If the Rangers really have financial flexibility, why did they go all signability guys in the draft?

MadmanTX
5 years 2 months ago

Thank the Lord for Colby Lewis. Right now, he is the ace of the club. I would rather see Oswalt go to the Rangers over Lee, because I don’t want top pitching prospects going to the Mariners. Better they go to strengthen the other Texas team–the Astros. However, I also know Ed Wade is a joke of a GM and JD could fleece him into taking guys like Brandon McCarthy and Harden for Oswalt.

MadmanTX
5 years 2 months ago

Thank the Lord for Colby Lewis. Right now, he is the ace of the club. I would rather see Oswalt go to the Rangers over Lee, because I don’t want top pitching prospects going to the Mariners. Better they go to strengthen the other Texas team–the Astros. However, I also know Ed Wade is a joke of a GM and JD could fleece him into taking guys like Brandon McCarthy and Harden for Oswalt.

5 years 2 months ago

As was stated above TX should seriously make a push for Carmona, it would cost at least one top prospect and a MLB ready bat and maybe a lesser prospect but man, that would give them such a young pitchers core for 3 or more seasons…They would instantly be odds on favs to win the division