Stark On Rangers, Johnson, Headley, Dempster

Here's a look at the today's Daily Rumble from's Jayson Stark..

  • According to clubs that have talked to the Rangers, the club is balking at including shortstop Jurickson Profar and third baseman Mike Olt in any deal.  That stance meant losing out on Zack Greinke and could take them out of the mix for Josh Johnson or James Shields.
  • Clubs identify the Dodgers, Orioles and Blue Jays as other aggressive suitors for Johnson while the White Sox, Red Sox, Braves, and Royals have checked in.
  • Teams that have spoken with the Pirates say they seem to be losing their enthusiasm for Chase Headley.  If they dealt for Headley, they would have to move either him or Pedro Alvarez to first base, and neither player has started a professional game there.
  • One source told Stark that while the Braves and Ryan Dempster could potentially reverse course and get a deal done that would send the hurler to Atlanta, he "seriously" doubts it will happen.
  • While the Rays seem to be listening on offers for several quality players, other teams remain skeptical of how willing they are to move anyone right now.  One exec believes that they are simply listening on players in order to gather information for possible deals during the offseason.

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14 Comments on "Stark On Rangers, Johnson, Headley, Dempster"

3 years 2 months ago

I think the royals should go hard after hellickson

3 years 2 months ago

hellickson would never be traded in a million years! He is the Rays best young starter and he is pretty much untouchable.

3 years 2 months ago

With a FIP of 5.25 he is lucky to have an ERA under 4 this year, the strike outs are dismal and hes walking over 3 per 9 so I wouldnt call him untouchable. Also, when referring to the Rays best young starter, you spelled David Price wrong.

3 years 2 months ago

Also, you have to remember, he’s represented by Scott Boras, which makes him not as desirable of a player, especially for some teams.

3 years 2 months ago

That stance meant losing out on Zack Greinke and could take them out of the mix for Josh Johnson or James Shields.”

That makes no sense because the Rangers could have offered more than the Angels without giving up either Profar or Olt.

3 years 2 months ago

I doubt anything Rangers would be able to offer other than Profar or Olt would top Segura from the Brewers perspective, the Brewers desperately need infield help and the Rangers don’t have 3 infield prospects better than segura.

3 years 2 months ago

Apparently offering Martin Perez would have sealed the deal, but the Rangers weren’t willing to give him up either.

3 years 2 months ago

leaving Olt out of a deal for Grienke doesn’t mean they’re not gonna deal him. It could just mean that they have other deals they like better that will require Olt. Philly maybe.

3 years 2 months ago

Just curious, why is James Shields nick name big game james when he’s performed worse in the playoffs than the regular season?

3 years 2 months ago

Seriously with the price tag the Padres have put on Headley… They can keep him and probably will

Chris Vinnit
3 years 2 months ago

Do those same teams that have “spoken with the Pirates” also know they’ve been playing Drew Sutton in the OF when he’s never played a ML game there before or that they called up Neil Walker to play 2B after he played a grand total of three weeks there in the minors? I’m pretty sure if they could get Headley for what they feel is a reasonable price, they could *gasp* teach either him or Alvarez to play 1B next season. I realize we’re a small market team but we do have these things called “coaches” who sometimes teach players to play a position other than the one they’ve played before.

Sorry but that’s about the weakest logic for not making a trade I’ve ever heard. If the Padres want to keep Headley, fine. If their asking price is too high, also fine. But this idea that a team that needs a legit middle-of-the-order bat like the Pirates do would just dismiss a guy out of hand because they’re afraid of moving him to 1B? Child please.

Joe W.
3 years 2 months ago

my understanding is Headley has played OF before but not very well. Assuming Jones is not part of the deal using Alverez/Headley at third, Alverez/Jones on first and Headley/Jones in Right. I’m pretty sure they would find an acceptable setup. The bad part is doing it in the middle of the season when you are going for a play off spot.

3 years 2 months ago

Just waiting for the Felix 4 profar olt trade!!!!

3 years 2 months ago

He will be traded, just because they are asking a lot doesn’t mean they wont move him. I’m ready to see it happen, hopefully today.