Jamey Wright's pitching line on Friday night against the Royals:
6.2 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
If Wright had any trade value coming into his start on Friday night (a dicey proposition at best), it's probably all but gone now. Yes, Jamey still has a respectable 4.57 ERA. He's also the not-so-proud owner of a 1.72 WHIP, and opposing hitters have lit Wright up to the tune of a .293/.413/.469 batting line. Yes, that's right, a .413 OBP. Ugh.
In other news, Kansas City starter Brian Bannister made the Lofton-less Rangers look foolish, with Sammy Sosa's garbage time home run in the top of the 8th inning providing the Rangers their only offense on the night. Texas lost, 6-1.
Ron Washington said on Friday that Marlon Byrd would be the everyday center fielder for the rest of the season, with Nelson Cruz winning the right field job - for now. If Cruz hits like he did during his first stint with Texas this season (.551 OPS in 144 AB), the odds are pretty high that he'll be out of the organization by the time next spring rolls around, as he'll be out of minor league options in 2008. Hopefully, his new, more open stance that he developed in AAA will help him this time around.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News continues to emphasize that Jason Botts will be called up very soon, perhaps by Tuesday, as the Rangers continue to futilely attempt to find a suitor for Sammy Sosa. Prediction: Jon Daniels will end up owing one of his general manager buddies a free lunch in Dallas after they agree to take Sosa for a sack of assorted garden vegetables, thereby sparing Sosa and the Rangers the embarrassment of designating him for assignment.
There seems to be very little news on the Mark Teixeira trade front tonight. Ken Rosenthal still has the same story up from early Friday morning about the Saltalamacchia/Harrison/Andrus package, with one minor alteration: according to a "source" (which could be anybody from the assistant GM of the Braves to Turner Field's head custodian), the Rangers want a better pitching prospect than Harrison.
Meanwhile, Rosenthal also names the Dodgers as the "wild card" for Teixeira, saying that they've proposed a package consisting of James Loney, Andre Ethier and AAA right-hander John Meloan for Teixeira and Joaquin Benoit. Anaheim's supposed package consists of Casey Kotchman and Joe Saunders, with Rosenthal stating that the Angels are reluctant to add a third player. Personally, neither one of those does all that much for me.
T.R. Sullivan doesn't have much news to report either, other than that the Angels haven't offered much of interest to the Rangers other than Kotchman, and that the Braves were told that C.J. Wilson is not available. Wise decision. There's also the usual line about the lack of trade interest in Sosa, and notes about a couple of potential trades would have sent Brad Wilkerson to the Padres and Eric Gagne to the Yankees; however, discussions on both have apparently died.
One curious note: Sullivan suggested on his blog Friday night that the Tex-to-Atlanta deal could be falling apart. I really hope that's not the case. However, for what it's worth, Baseball Prospectus's Will Carroll doesn't seem real optimistic about Teixeira being dealt:
It's looking more and more like Mark Teixeira is going to stay a Ranger. At least two teams are now out of the running (though this can always change) and the Indians offer ended up getting smaller and smaller, until we ended up with the Lofton deal. The Braves have allegedly made their last best final offer of three prospects for Teixeira, and sources say that the Rangers are held up over either adding one more prospect or upgrading the pitcher.
Aki Otsuka's visit to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum on Friday yielded both good and bad news: the good news is that he doesn't have any structural damage to his troublesome right arm, but the bad news is that he's probably out several more weeks. Aki's new rehab plan calls for 7-10 days of rest and treatment, at which point he'll resume his throwing program. Evan Grant thinks he could be back by late August.
Will Carroll expounded further on the Otsuka injury in his latest "Under The Knife" segment on Friday, saying that Aki is not a candidate for Tommy John surgery, and that the problem rests in his forearm, not his elbow. Carroll describes the injury simply as "relatively minor but debilitating."
Ian Kinsler went 2 for 5 with an RBI single in the first game of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Oklahoma on Friday night. Ron Washington apparently plans to bat Kinsler in the leadoff spot when he returns from the disabled list. Kinsler has a career batting line of .344/.382/.625 in the leadoff spot; albeit, in just 32 AB, which really isn't enough of a sample size to mean anything.
The DMN's Kevin Sherrington has an article up tonight about Jon Daniels and his quest to deal Teixeira, while the FWST's Dave Session writes about how Daniels has to deal Teixeira - except, you know, not to the Angels.
Just under 86 hours until the trade deadline. Isn't this fun?
Saturday, July 28th Game Preview
Texas Rangers (46-57) at Kansas City Royals (45-57)
Kevin Millwood (7-8, 5.56 ERA) vs. Odalis Perez (5-8, 5.84 ERA)
6:10 PM CST in Kansas City, Missouri (Kauffman Stadium)
TV: KDFI/My27 | Radio: KRLD 1080 AM