Rangers Manager Seeks Experienced Closer

Rangers manager Ron Washington seeks an experienced closer if Neftali Feliz goes to the rotation, reports MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.  Washington told Sullivan he has confidence that GM Jon Daniels can find that reliever; Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas/Fort Worth has quotes.  Feliz recently changed his mind and expressed a preference to start, which seems to match the Rangers' choice.

Sullivan names Alexi Ogando and Mark Lowe as the "leading in-house candidates" to close, but notes that neither has much ninth inning experience.  Lefties Darren Oliver and Arthur Rhodes have seen just about everything, but they're not known for closing either.

Speculating on potentially available experienced closers, Heath Bell, David Aardsma (when he's healthy), Francisco Rodriguez, and Mike Gonzalez come to mind.  The Blue Jays have four relievers with closing experience in Frank Francisco (if healthy), Jason Frasor, Octavio Dotel, and Jon Rauch.  Dotel and Rauch, I believe, cannot be dealt without their consent until after June 15th.  By the way, if you're looking for instant closer updates to help you win your fantasy league, follow @closernews on Twitter.


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FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
4 years 5 months ago

Can Frankie frank be traded? It’d be hilarious if he goes back to Texas for Napoli

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Well he does have a limited no-trade clause, but who knows which teams those are. However, I seriously doubt the Rangers would want to take the risk on KRod being their highest paid player next season.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

dude is talkin’ bout frankie franc, frank francisco

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Not the first time I missed the mark… I blame sleep deprivation.

4 years 5 months ago

young would be their highest paid player

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

I was talking about the risk for the 2012 season where KRod could potentially be paid $17.5M.

4 years 5 months ago

Waiting for the Napoli for Bell trade proposals ad nauseum.

MetsEventually
4 years 5 months ago

How about Francisco Rodriguez? Experienced and knows the AL West pretty well.

oleosmirf
4 years 5 months ago

the Mets would certainly love to move him

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Michael Young for K-Rod.

4 years 5 months ago

I know this is a far possibility, but with the Mets certain to owe K-Rod $17 mil if he hits 55 innings pitched this year and their lack of 2B alternatives, is there a possibility of a Michael Young for K-Rod swap?

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start_wearing_purple
4 years 5 months ago

Yes, because I’m sure a team with major money worries is dying to trade a contract worth $11M or $28M for one worth $48M. And no, don’t expect the Rangers to pitch in on that one.

4 years 5 months ago

They already have money issues, and with money coming off the books after this season, it’s not like the Mets have better options at 2B if they are planning on dumping Castillo and Ollie before the season starts.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

michael young playing second base and hitting in citi field would be brutal

oleosmirf
4 years 5 months ago

Michael Young hasn’t played 2B since 2003 and was pretty terrible at it back then. Not to mention going from Texas to NY will see his HR totals cut in half…

oleosmirf
4 years 5 months ago

its not innings its games finished. The Mets will certainly do anything in their power to prevent this from vesting but if a team like Texas is in need of a CP, they can get him without having to give up anyone of real importance if they are willing to take on salary.

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

The wrinkle here is that Rodriguez’s lucrative vesting option only kicks in if he FINISHES 55 games. The ideal situation would be for the Mets to trade him to a team that already has an established, successful closer. The new team could rightly use K-Rod as an 8th inning guy to avoid the option and thwart the wrath of the union.

PostMoBills
4 years 5 months ago

I love how this headline reads exactly like a personal ad.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

lowered expectatiiionsssss

MadmanTX
4 years 5 months ago

Adult friendfinder.

JacksTigers
4 years 5 months ago

Creepy…

4 years 5 months ago

What would the Rangers be willing to give up for Soria?

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

get real

j6takish
4 years 5 months ago

The Royals already have Francerour, they don’t want anything from Texas

4 years 5 months ago

He would probably veto that trade, LOL.

dickylarue
4 years 5 months ago

The Mets should be doing whatever it takes to extract some prospects from Texas for K-Rod. I would even eat some salary if I were them and it brought back a better quality prospect from Texas.

K-Rod would be a very good fit for Texas.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

the desperate overvaluation of the “9th inning” reliever marches on

having said that, the rangers have plenty of spare pieces to movie for bullpen help

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

what do you mean, the ninth inning is the super inning, it takes nerves of steel, balls of metal and unconscious mental state that can only be achieved by the toughest of relief pitchers.

4 years 5 months ago

I love the generalized “spare pieces” guy that gets included in every proposed trade.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

the rangers have 4 ML-ready 1st base/DH types and one catcher too many

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

Jason Frasor for that Hamilton guy

wickedkevin
4 years 5 months ago

Nah, he’s a bum drug addict.

S8P7W
4 years 5 months ago

I guess the title “Washington Seeks Experienced Closer” would have been misleading…

corey23
4 years 5 months ago

please get krod.

4 years 5 months ago

The Rangers don’t need a closer. They’re fine with Ogando or Lowe. Don’t expect a deal to get done, unless it’s Michael Young for a team’s entire farm system.

MadmanTX
4 years 5 months ago

I’d give the job to O’Day if he weren’t struggling so badly right now. As for MY, I still don’t know why the Angels haven’t come running to the Rangers to take on another bloated contract in exchange for Haren and cash.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

haren for Young??

I get that Angels looked foolish after the wells trade

but thats a brutal deal.

MadmanTX
4 years 5 months ago

And cash back to the Rangers. I would have said no way before the deal with the Blue Jays, but now…???

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

but because of the trade with the jays and all the media and analyst criticism that followed..

isn’t it less likely to happen now?

4 years 5 months ago

soria for perez….who says no?

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

royals said no to montero +

John08Patriot
4 years 5 months ago

The Rangers hang up the phone and laugh for 10 minutes

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

i assume that’s because dayton moore’s response to the proposal was to sit on his phone and let one go

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

try again, royals have turned down more.

4 years 5 months ago

Get real. The Royals can get a better deal than that. If they made it known they were willing to move Soria, teams would be giving up the farm for his talent and contract. Perez would be a great starting point, but come on. Straight up? I will have a good chuckle over that for the next few minutes.

4 years 5 months ago

who’s the last reliever to bring a huge haul?

A top 30 pitching prospect is a pretty significant haul for a guy who’s going to pitch 60 innings a year.

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

2 years of matt capps cost the twins their top catching prospect (58th overall prospect in baseball at the time) and another player

capps is half the closer soria is, and soria is under contract for 4 years instead of 2

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

but, but, but. I’m a texas fan. and they need a closer, plus perez is the best pitching prospect of all time..

4 years 5 months ago

The Sox once traded Jeff Bagwell for Larry Anderson and made the playoffs. Still doesn’t mean it was worth it for Boston.

4 years 5 months ago

ramos’ star had fallen a ton by the time the trade was made…im not positive, but i dont believe i saw him on any top 100 list this offseason…or even on any of the just missed lists

notsureifsrs
4 years 5 months ago

he was a top 50 prospect in the spring, and a bum by july? i don’t doubt his stock fell within the twins org — he hit like crap for 70 games — but that’s not nearly a long enough slump in AAA to wipe out a guy’s status. he was hitting again by the end of the season and remains a top catching prospect

last year’s slump dropped him out of the top 50, but he is still a top 100 prospect according to baseball america keith law et al

Leonard Washington
4 years 5 months ago

It doesn’t even make sense as a deal. Right now Perez is pretty close to an elite closing option, if he is to become a starter and he does well he will be untouchable. Rightfully so, considering Perez at full potential as a SP, young and under control is better than any elite closers value, even with his cheap contract.

4 years 5 months ago

ollie? (sorry. bad joke)

MinnesotaTwins
4 years 5 months ago

They had to know in advance that they were going to possibly move Feliz to the rotation, why did they move frank knowing that it would alienate their tenured fan loved Michael Young and leave them without closing experience. Doesn’t make sense.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Two words, Mike Napoli…He was undervalued in Anaheim and now will haunt his former team.

$7562574
4 years 5 months ago

dream on. napoli will make bar owners around arlington very happy.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

nudee bars

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

He is going to make everyone in Arlington very happy, its Anaheim that is going to be drinking their sorrows away.

woadude
4 years 5 months ago

Michael Young for K-Rod seems like a good starting point, the Mets are going to release Castillo, and would need a bat, Young wasn’t terrible at 2b, K-Rod to the Rangers would be a good change of scenery, and this could actually work out, I am sure other players would be tagged into this but the two main pieces make sense for both sides, just don’t know who would close for the Mets.

4 years 5 months ago

awful idea. k-rod is gone in 1 possibly 2 years. the mets are stuck with young for 4/48? thats exactly what i want for my team whos about to be a billion in the hole. id rather a 400k strikeout machine up at bat this year. besides. murphy has upside. not saying hes gonna be good, just hoping.

2UGGLA2BINTO
4 years 5 months ago

Are we sure AA can’t trade one of : Heartbreak Dotel, Octerrible Dotel or Don’t ask Dotel before June 15th???….Is this a free agent rule or part of his contract?

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

free agent rule, plus he’s injured

jhawk90
4 years 5 months ago

Why would you even mess with this two weeks before the season starts? Stretch him out over the winter, don’t create two holes trying to do it now.

Lunchbox45
4 years 5 months ago

if you stretch him out over the winter they are going to have to shut him down pretty early

$7562574
4 years 5 months ago

if you stretch him for that long he will be 20ft. tall.

mwagner26
4 years 5 months ago

I lold.

ChrisV
4 years 5 months ago

Here is a good idea, do NOT put Feliz in the rotation. That way there is no need for a closer. Matt Harrison is doing very well, Holland is doing good, Bush has surprised me in being better than expected, Ogando would love a shot at the rotation…etc. so why move Feliz when there is no need, especially when it is known that shortly after the season starts Webb will be ready. Right now, the rotation needs to be C.J. Wilson, Colby Lewis, Brandon Webb, Derek Holland, and Matt Harrison. No Feliz, he is comfortable as a closer so leave him there for now and let him develop his pitches more especially his change-up and newly acquired cut fastball. I agree, Feliz has front of the rotation stuff, just the time to test it out is not now.

MadmanTX
4 years 5 months ago

Rafael Soriano to the Rangers for these magic beans and a coupon to Hair Club for Men for Brian Cashman.

FunkyTime
4 years 5 months ago

I wouldn’t do it unless those magic beans come with a $20 million a year contract.

– Tony Reagins