The Wire


There isn’t much time left before the trade deadline, so let’s assess the latest news on the wire:

Jon Morosi says the Rangers and Tigers have “talked” about Joe Nathan; the extent isn’t known at this point, with Morosi saying — expectedly — the price for Nathan is high. Duh, because what else is Jon Daniels going to say?

Detroit’s general manager, Dave Dombrowski, countered with: All I can say is that we feel very comfortable in the ninth and eighth innings with Benoit and Smyly. I don’t know where you’re really going to go out and improve that significantly.

And so goes the nature of posturing through the media around the July 31st deadline.

Ken Rosenthal says the Rangers interest in White Sox outfielder, Alex Rios, is “overstated,” which doesn’t come as a real shock, given the marginal win upgrade he would provide, as well as the roughly $18 million he will be owed between now and the end of 2014.

As much as Rios is a “toolsy” guy — and we all know the Rangers like tools — he’s more of a good complementary player than some sort of offensive force with the power to singlehandedly erase a six-game deficit within the division.

I don’t pretend to know the motivations, or the inner-workings of Major League front offices. From my seat all I can do is observe and react, and use my logic and reason the best I know how to. So if I’m doing that, I’m assuming Jon Daniels & Co. aren’t thrilled at the idea of giving away a second set of prospects for a player under minimal team control, whose contributions to a postseason run would more or less be negligible . . . .

To that end, Alex Rios wouldn’t make a ton of sense. And neither would Hunter Pence, or [insert +1.0-win-upgrade hitter under control for one or two seasons].

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Being a Rangers’ fan through the 2000’s made me, I would say, abnormally patient as far as “winning” was concerned. When you become conditioned to watching a team lose, it makes the wins that much more special. And sure, I still feel like a child inside almost every time Texas loses a game, like the universe is personally bitch-slapping me square in the face.

So I guess that’s why, now that the Rangers are “good,” or what have you, I don’t want to be that emotional, irrational kid who wants to spoil it. Trading future big-leaguers for present stopgap fill-ins seems to me more emotional than logical, inasmuch as blowing up the team would be more radical than reasonable.

It’s funny, because if I’m gambling I want to make my money fast; if I’m hungry I go to a drive-through to save myself the trouble; I have YouTube for short clips, Twitter for quick information;

And with baseball I’m willing to play the slow game. The future is just as important, if not more important, than what’s going on right now.

I’m also wrong a lot of the time, so maybe Jurickson Profar will get traded.