Texas Links: Scutaro, Lee, Wandy, Astros

The Rangers have the second best record in baseball (55-37) while the Astros have the worst record in baseball (34-60). Here's the latest from Texas…

  • The Rangers would have interest in Marco Scutaro as a utility man if the Rockies were to put him on the market, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter).
  • Cliff Lee does not have the Rangers on his 21-team no-trade list according to Heyman. There is still no indication that the Phillies will move their veteran left-hander, even to free up payroll to sign Cole Hamels long-term.
  • Carlos Lee, Brandon Lyon, J.A. Happ, and Brett Myers have all been traded already, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that it "will be a while" before the Astros deal Wandy Rodriguez (Twitter link).
  • In an Insider-only blog post, ESPN's Keith Law says the two pitchers the Astros received in exchange for Myers – Matt Heidenreich and Blair Walters – "barely qualify as prospects." He says Walters has a chance as a lefty specialist.
  • ESPN's Buster Olney hears from rival executives that the Astros seem to be following the old Devil Rays strategy, meaning they'll accumulate top draft picks for several years because their big league team will be so bad (Twitter link).


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27 Comments on "Texas Links: Scutaro, Lee, Wandy, Astros"


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LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

What other strategy do the Stros got? They are bad, and need to rebuild the farm. It’s not like a couple free agency signings will fix them, they are just bad.

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popular_mechanics_for_pitchers
2 years 11 months ago

I know, what a concept! Lol

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

Yah…..but everyone wants their cookie every now and then. Fans fans look what i figured out!!!

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mrsjohnmiltonrocks
2 years 11 months ago

Cliff Lee has a 21 team no trade list? Why not 23? So, is that a bargaining chip or does he really not want to go to 21 of the teams? Seems strange.

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WisBrave
2 years 11 months ago

The Astros should’ve started this a couple seasons ago.

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Ryan H
2 years 11 months ago

They did by trading the faces of the franchise, Berkman & Oswalt.

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petrie000
2 years 11 months ago

“ESPN’s Buster Olney hears from rival executives that the Astros seem to be following the old Devil Rays strategy, meaning they’ll accumulate top draft picks for several years because their big league team will be so bad”

i was under the impression they DID start this a couple seasons ago….

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richardb21
2 years 11 months ago

It took Olney and rival executives to figure out the Astros strategy. That’s great insight especially since they’ve been at the rebuilding for 2 years now. However I don’t think they can financially afford to throw junk out there. Attendance is terrible and will only get worse.

Guest
2 years 11 months ago

We need to finish last next year so we can take the Carlos Rondon kid from NCstate. They said he would have been in contention for #1 this year as a freshman

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richardb21
2 years 11 months ago

I have no problem finishing last to get top picks, but I would rather do it with Wallace, Cossart, Singleton etc. not Bixler and Schafer.

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LazerTown
2 years 11 months ago

True it is hard on the fans, but from a team pov, they are better off saving the service time on the top prospects until they start to get relevant.

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tony_mciv
2 years 11 months ago

I understand the reasoning behind it, but… RAJ, you traded Cliff Lee away once and got crap prospects and the ire of the fanbase on you. Then you re-sign him, which was awesome, but don’t make the same mistake twice. You won’t be able to re-sign him AGAIN if you trade him.

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Phillies_Aces35
2 years 11 months ago

Cliff Lee’s 1-6 right now so the casual fans won’t really be as up set as they were when he was coming off his post season dominance.

Cliff Lee’s a very good pitcher but if they can get that contract off the books and a few prospects, I’d do it. I’d rather have Hamels long term.