West Rumors: Beltre, Hultzen, Neshek, Rockies

Some links from the left coast…

  • Adrian Beltre told Scott Miller of CBS Sports that he signed with the Rangers instead of the Angels because he felt Texas gave him "the best chance to put a ring on [his] finger." The third baseman wouldn't elaborate on the talks he had with the Halos before signing.
  • ESPN's Keith Law hears that the Diamondbacks love Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen, a projected first round pick (Twitter link). Arizona holds the third and seventh overall picks in this year's draft, and Hultzen owns a 62:4 K:BB ratio in 34 1/3 innings this spring.
  • Dan Hayes of The North County Times tweets that new Padre Pat Neshek isn't guaranteed to make the team because he still has a minor league option remaining.
  • Troy Renck of The Denver Post (via Twitter) could see the Rockies checking in on Michael Young now that the Rangers are reportedly willing to eat half of the veteran's salary.
  • Renck also tweets that if Chone Figgins were made available, Colorado would be interested in him as a player but disinterested overall because of his hefty contract. Figgins is entering year two of a four-year deal worth $36MM, plus a vesting 2014 option for $9MM.


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26 Comments on "West Rumors: Beltre, Hultzen, Neshek, Rockies"


notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

several teams would be interested overall in chone figgins if he were made available

jwsox
4 years 4 months ago

should be edited to “every single team in major league baseball besides the pirates and mets, would be interested in Chone Figgens if made available.” I know for a fact even though brent morell was just named the starting 3rd basemen. Kenny Williams is probably on the phone right now trying to work it out. He loves to get guys traded to him after he fails to sign them. Just watch in 3 years Torii Hunter will be in left field for the sox because he turned down more money from the sox to play in LA

notsureifsrs
4 years 4 months ago

also, did not know neshek had an option left. wtf @ minnesota; +1 san diego

twins33
4 years 4 months ago

They wanted the roster spot (though they could have done that with awful Hacker) and believed that a ton of guys passed him on the depth chart, which is probably true. There was also probably a fear that he will never recover from the surgery, which I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t.

I would have liked him to just be sent down to the minors, but there was talk that there was no room in AAA for him. He’d have had to go to AA. This is probably a good thing for Neshek. It gives him a fresh start and he’ll probably be able to go to AAA for the Pads.

BK
4 years 4 months ago

Lets be honest. Nobody was offering 80% of what Texas offered.

4 years 4 months ago

Luckily MLBTR keeps a history of all their posts, so, no, you are not correct. The Rangers outbid the A’s by $4 million, and the Angels by $3 million.

BobbyJohn
4 years 4 months ago

Even at half the salary, I’m still not sure that the Rockies ought to pursue Young. Jon Herrera has torn the cover off the ball this spring and is signficantly better with the glove than Young is. The only way that makes any sense at all is if Lopez is sent to the Rangers and Colorado doesn’t have to give up any top-shelf prospects in the deal.

LUWahooNatFan
4 years 4 months ago

Saw Hultzen’s outing against Gilmartin this past Friday and man oh man, talk about two nasty pitchers. Gilmartin already has a major league change-up and Hultzen is just plain dirty. Two future major league pitchers if injuries don’t hold them back.

Before the game my dad was talking about how people were expecting a few scouts at the game, couple minutes later I see a Diamondbacks scout in reserved seats.

MadmanTX
4 years 4 months ago

“And that’s a grounder from Beltre to the Angels and their fans….ooo it took a wicked hop and caught them in a sensitive region. Too bad they weren’t wearing their cups…”

4 years 4 months ago

GO RANGERS!!!

$7562574
4 years 4 months ago

wait till the rangers are “belted” by the angels. texas fans can brag only after they win the world series at least once. btw, after trading away young, a team leader, beltre will bite the rangers’ sensitive area with his minor injuries that make him not wanting to play hard.

4 years 4 months ago

Could the Rangers get Dexter Mcfowler plus low pitching prospect for MY and half his contract Chris Davis and Julio Borbon?

BobbyJohn
4 years 4 months ago

That seems pretty heavy from the Texas side of things. More than just a little bit.

4 years 4 months ago

Yeah, remove Young from the deal and it would probably work.

jwsox
4 years 4 months ago

Why get rid of borbon though? he has a ton of up side. Now Young+ half his contract for fowler and a CF prospect maybe could get the deal done, throw in jose lopez to be the rangers utility guy maybe

4 years 4 months ago

I love Borbons potential i just dont think he will ever reach it. I saw this guy make his debut he looks like he could hit 20 HR’s and have 50 plus steals. Instead this guy had one of the worst offensive seasons for CF. and the Rangers have Andres Blanco dont need another Utility guy. I see Davis as a throw in because i dont see him getting alot of playing time with Moreland and Napoli.

How about
MY Borbon Davis
for
Fowler and Kyle Parker

Redhawk
4 years 4 months ago

oops…I so read that wrong the first time. Kyle Parker is far enough down the chain, I’d assume he could be had.

Now here’s something interesting: Rockies throw in Huston Street and Rangers throw in Nafei.

4 years 4 months ago

Or Fowler and Rex Brothers?

Redhawk
4 years 4 months ago

Both of ’em? (old joke..but I still like it) Brothers is MLB close. that’s and MLB starter, and an MLB ready bullpen arm for MY, and Borbon, and that’s a big high from the Rockies side. They’d like to have MY…but it’s risky enough they won’t pay too much.

Rangers aren’t in the position of strength here.

Redhawk
4 years 4 months ago

Dexter Fowler, may be untouchable…only because the Rockies don’t have a good replacement. They’ve had a AA OF have a great spring, and is close, but not sure he’s ready this year. So for him Borbon would have to be thrown in.

Not sure what the Rockies need with Chris Davis. (and I like Davis)

baseballz
4 years 4 months ago

I could definetly see the Dbacks taking Matt Purke with the number 3 pick and Hultzen with their number 9. With a projected top three of Matt Purke, Jarrod Parker and Hultzen could leave the Dbacks looking really good for the future.

Wete
4 years 4 months ago

So Beltre thinks the Rangers are going to propose? Weird…

woadude
4 years 4 months ago

I heard a rumor that Beyonce’s song was in the background when he said it.

RedSoxDynasty
4 years 4 months ago

Call me crazy but I’m pretty sure Beltre would have said the Angels gave him the best chance at a ring if they offered him the most money as the Rangers did! Emphasis on most money!

Pete
4 years 4 months ago

I kinda hoped he signed with the A’s

4 years 4 months ago

I’m glad he didn’t