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"


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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

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

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jwsox
4 years 3 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

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notsureifsrs
4 years 3 months ago

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

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twins33
4 years 3 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.

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BK
4 years 3 months ago

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

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4 years 3 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.

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BobbyJohn
4 years 3 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.

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LUWahooNatFan
4 years 3 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.