The Rangers aren’t messing around. They’ve got more money and prospects than most clubs, and they’re scouring the top of the market for bullpen help.
Among their targets, according to major-league sources: The Padres’ two prizes, closer Heath Bell and setup man Mike Adams; Nationals All-Star setup man Tyler Clippard and Athletics closer Andrew Bailey, the 2009 American League Rookie of the Year.
The asking prices for each of the above relievers is high, sources say; the non-waiver deadline is still two weeks away. The Athletics, according to one source, will not trade Bailey unless they receive an “overwhelming” offer. The Nationals are believed to be taking a similar approach with Clippard.
The Padres remain in active discussions with the Phillies, Yankees and other clubs on Bell and Adams, sources say. The Rangers possess an advantage in their talks with the Padres, Athletics and other offensively challenged clubs – they can offer a major-league ready hitter, Triple A first baseman/third baseman Chris Davis.
There's nothing especially revelatory here, beyond the suggestion that the Nationals' asking price on Clippard may be quite a bit greater than what we might have thought ... but, well, there you go.