Khalil Greene Rumors

Odds & Ends: Ortiz, Smoltz, Sandoval, Westmoreland

Some links to browse, as teams continue to make spring cuts….

  • Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes (via Twitter) that the Red Sox will not pick up David Ortiz's $12.5MM option for 2011 regardless of what he does this season.
  • Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas reports that the Rangers have kept in contact with Khalil Greene, even after voiding his contract last month, though assistant GM Thad Levine says "there were no overtures about coming back and playing."
  • Murray Chass interviewed John Smoltz about his future, and the result is an interesting read. "I don't know if I’m going to pitch, but I haven't ruled it out," Smoltz said. "I have a lot of options, and I don't want the options to rule me." Smoltz adds that he laughs at all the "rumors and speculation that’s out there." We won't take it personally.
  • In his ESPN Insider blog, Buster Olney expands on a couple tweets he made yesterday, about the Twins' closer situation and the possible appeal of Smoltz.
  • John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that the Giants haven't entered into any long-term contract negotiations with Pablo Sandoval yet, since he's still a couple years away from being arbitration-eligible.
  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo says that "money has nothing to do with who's going to play and who's not going to play," according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. This stance is relevant not only for Stephen Strasburg's ETA in the majors, but also for determining Ian Desmond's role. Rizzo suggested that Desmond "is in the running to be an everyday guy."
  • Red Sox prospect Ryan Westmoreland will undergo brain surgery, writes Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Best of luck to Westmoreland.

Rangers Looking For Reserve Infield Help

When the Rangers voided the contract of Khalil Greene last week, it appeared as if the club would look within their system for a replacement.  Indeed,'s T.R. Sullivan was told by Texas officials that there was a "100 percent probability" that this would be the case (via Twitter).

A week later, however, Sullivan reports that the team is changing its tune.  Greene provided both infield depth and a right-handed corner infield bat, and now the Rangers "are re-assessing the situation and early confidence that the roles could be filled from within may be eroding."  The team hopes that prospect Max Ramirez or former Angel Matt Brown can handle the corner infield job, but several options exist outside the Rangers organization for the utility infield spot.  Sulllivan noted the Dodgers have some extra infielders in camp and listed a few other specific names as options…

  • Julio Lugo.  He may be the odd man out in St. Louis given the Cardinals' recent signing of Felipe Lopez.  Sullivan noted the irony of Lugo possibly again being acquired to replace Greene, given that St. Louis did the same thing last summer.  Sullivan also said Lugo "is somebody [the Rangers] have talked about internally."
  • Augie OjedaWe heard last winter that Texas had some interest in the Diamondbacks infielder.
  • Ramon Vazquez.  Sullivan said "the Pirates may be willing to talk about" dealing the former Ranger.

Rangers Void Khalil Greene’s Contract

The Rangers decided to void Khalil Greene's contract, reports's T.R. Sullivan.  Greene signed for $750K in January but was not able to report to camp due to social anxiety disorder.  Sullivan tweeted on Monday that club officials say there is a 100% probability Greene's replacement will come internally.

Khalil Greene Will Not Report To Rangers’ Camp

5:15pm: Club officials say there is a one-hundred percent probability that Greene's replacement will be internal, according to Sullivan (via Twitter).

4:58pm: Rangers officials say they have no interest in Lopez, tweets's T.R. Sullivan.

10:58am: Infielder Khalil Greene "will not be joining the team and will not report to spring training camp," according to a statement from the Rangers.  They'll leave the door open for Greene, who signed for $750K as a free agent in January after missing much of '09 with social anxiety disorder.  Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets that "options on Greene could include the restricted list and voiding his contract."

According to another Grant tweet, the Rangers will give Joaquin Arias a longer look for a utility role.  The 25-year-old, who came to the Rangers in '04 as part of the Alex Rodriguez deal, didn't hit much in his second Triple A stint.  Though he had shoulder surgery a few years back, Arias could still be a plus defender.  Also, he's out of options.

Grant also tweets that the Rangers reached out to Felipe Lopez and are surveying the thin free agent market.  They've got Esteban German around as a non-roster invite, but lost Joe Inglett to a Brewers waiver claim in January.

Odds & Ends: Dye, Mets, Lincecum, Vazquez, Colon

Some links for your Friday afternoon…

Rangers Sign Khalil Greene

The Rangers officially signed infielder Khalil Greene today to a one-year, $750K deal.  The agreement was first reported by's T.R. Sullivan on January 9th.

Greene, 30, hit .200/.272/.347 in 193 plate appearances for the Cardinals last year, tallying 240.3 innings at shortstop and 96 at third base.  He'll serve as a utility infielder for Texas.  On December 4th, 2008, the Cards acquired Greene from the Padres for pitchers Mark Worrell and Luke Gregerson.  Greene had a promising spring, but hit the DL in May with social anxiety disorder.  Earlier this month, ESPN's Buster Olney wrote that Greene has been working out diligently at Vanderbilt this offseason with his former college coach. 

Odds & Ends: Padres, Greene, Dye, Giants

Here are some links to close out the week…

Odds & Ends: Epstein, Cards, Contracts, Greene

Links for a snowy Thursday…

Gammons’ Latest: Greene, Angels, Strasburg

Peter Gammons has a new blog post up at ESPN, in which he writes about the wildcard races and what they mean for baseball. Bud Selig takes a lot of heat, but I don't think there's any arguing that the wildcard is one of his greatest achievements.

Anyway, Gammons drops a few rumor nuggets at the end of the piece, so let's round 'em up…

  • The Red Sox did not pursue Cardinals shortstop Khalil Greene when he cleared waivers. Remember to check out out handy dandy list of players who have already cleared waivers.
  • The Angels are reportedly interested in Heath Bell, who was put on waivers yesterday. Several GMs "expressed doubt that the Padres would be able trade him." I, for one, think the Pads would have no problem moving him if they really wanted to.
  • One GM says the Angels "should take Francisco Cordero. The Reds will move him."
  • Gammons says that most baseball people think the Nationals will sign Stephen Strasburg "if negotiations with Scott Boras do not get contentious." He guesstimates that Strasburg could get $22MM for three years, which would allow him to go to arbitration for three years and land another big payday. Or three. 

Odds And Ends: O’s, Jays, Greene, Brewers

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