A look at the DFW news for today. Since football and basketball are in the offseason, there isn’t really a ton to say. Honestly, this is a really slow cycle for DFW sports in general, though the baseball scene has picked up somewhat.
- First, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Rangers “have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander [Joe Nathan].” Then, Buster Olney dropped this doozy: “have had internal discussions about trading All-Star right-hander” (on Twitter). Like Danny Knobler speculated that Nathan might not have as many destinations as his talent level would suggest. Though he has an excellent ERA, neither the Tigers, Dodgers nor Red Sox have much in the way of available right handed hitting. Obviously, with the pending suspension of Nelson Cruz, a right handed hitting outfielder could really come in handy. The Red Sox don’t have much in the way of major league talent. The Tigers aren’t full of major league options either. The only option the Tigers realistically have (on the major league side) is Matt Tuiasosopo. Obviously, he isn’t what the Rangers are looking for. When it comes to major league outfielders, the Dodgers truly have no options-they only have four outfielders total. Even though he’s being shopped, he may still be in Texas on August 1. Jim Bowden thinks the Rangers should accept the Dodger’s Andre Ethier. Unless the Dodgers accept almost all of Ethier’s contract. Still, that means the Rangers would be stuck with a platoon outfielder through 2017. Honestly, I don’t see it. Unless the Tigers drop a MLB-ready outfielder like Nick Castellanos (which has no chance of happening), I don’t know if there are the immediate assets to make it happen.
- In regards to the actual game of baseball, the Rangers today did quite poorly. Ubaldo Jimenez threw eight innings of shutout ball. The Rangers have lost five of the last six, and have been shutout three of the last four games. Hence, the desire for offense. The Indians swept the Rangers
- According to Ron Washington, Neftali Feliz is set for an August 2nd rehab. He is likely going to be a reliever until 2014, however.
- Mark Stein corrected a Steve Aschburner report indicating that the Mavericks had sent reps to a Greg Oden workouts. However, Dallas seems to still be in play when Oden.
- Another day of camp. Not much happened, but at this stage that’s a good thing; that means no one got injured today.