SAN DIEGO — Jon Daniels said the Rangers’ farmville farm system is ‘deeper’ than it has ever been since he became gm.
‘It’s deep and also strong at the upper levels,’ Daniels mentioned. ‘Those guys are close.’
Other golf equipment have also recognized the strength of the particular Rangers’ system. That’s why, as the Rangers explore ways to add starting off pitching, they keeping obtaining asked about third baseman Joey Gallo (Texas’ No. A single prospect, according to MLB.internet), catcher Jorge Alfaro (No. 2) and drink pitcher Alex Gonzalez (No. 5).
The Reds pointed out Alfaro when the Rangers talked to these individuals about starting pitchers Mike Leake, Sparring floor Latos and Johnny Cueto. The Braves usually are enamored with Gonzalez and want him in different deal that would involve catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis.
The Rangers’ motivation to put one of those players within a deal could determine whether they’re able to pull off a trade on the Winter Meetings. So far, administrators from other clubs suggest your Rangers aren’t willing to accomplish that. Daniels suggested that’s not necessarily accurate, but it is clear that it’s certainly not high on his priority checklist.
‘It is all about the right fit,Inch Daniels said. ‘Some guys we are less likely to move than others. It’s got being the right deal. It’s got to be the right fit.’
Daniels scoffed at the concept he is being too stubborn about trading his prime Minor League prospects.
‘I chuckle, because you’re not willing to business these guys, and then you get judgments, because you trade too many of these people,’ Daniels said. ‘Apparently, we’re responsible for both.’
The Rangers also are currently being asked about pitchers Luke Jackson (Simply no. 3), Jake Thompson (No. 6), Jerad Eickhoff and Alec Asher (no. 13), as well as outfielders Nick Williams (No. 4), Lewis Brinson (Virtually no. 8) and Nomar Mazera (No. 15).
‘Our development staff and Minimal League coaches have done a wonderful job,’ Daniels said.
Daniels may be happy to deal prospects, but he remains leery about which includes them in a deal for one there are lots of starting pitchers who are available but in addition can be free agents at the end of the season. Leake, Latos and Cueto are in of which group, along with Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals, Ian Kennedy of the Padres and Yovani Gallardo on the Brewers.
The Rangers have made the item clear they prefer pitchers who will be all around for at least two years, which is why they’ve talked to the Padres about Tyson Ross in addition to Andrew Cashner, the D-backs about Go Miley, and the Mets about Dillon Gee and Jon Niese.
The Rangers have a revolving right now that includes Yu Darvish, Derek Holland as well as Colby Lewis. That leaves Nick Martinez, Nick Tepesch and Lisalverto Bonilla competing for the last a couple spots unless the Rangers can land one more starter.
But the Rangers also know that Asher, Eickhoff, Jackson, Thompson and Gonzalez could all be ready to step into a Major Category rotation at some point next season.
‘We have some of guys at Double-A or higher which might be capable of starting in the big teams,’ Daniels said. ‘You need a number of them, because they are all not really going to reach their potential.’
It’s a strong position, but the Rangers remember what happened last year. Other clubs also see the importance of stockpiling pitching.
‘To the extent you can get quality guys, you’d probably ideally like to have them placed from the Major League revolving all the way through [Class] A ball,In . Indians general manager Chris Antonetti said. ‘Practically, that is extraordinarily difficult to do. Nearly all teams go through eight or nine beginners during the course of a season. A few teams go upwards all the way to 15 or 16 beginners.
‘When you get to that point, there’s no method for you to plan for it. What happened on the Rangers last year, that’s not something you can plan for. When you have that many injuries, that magnitude and also the sheer number of them, no matter what you are doing in an offseason, or even during the course of the season, that’s impossible to have that a lot of quality options.’
Daniels said they have also made offers to some free-agent pitchers and estimated that 75 % of his time has recently been spent pursuing pitching.
‘We made some proposals and eliminated back and forth with people,’ Daniels stated. ‘We’ve probably had more advanced talks than others, but there are no hues of gray. You either have got a deal or you don’t.’
Daniels claimed the Rangers would enjoy to add a veteran reliever to your bullpen, someone who could do what exactly Jason Frasor did the past year or so.
‘We like a lot of those forearms, but not everyone is going to do exactly what they are capable of doing,’ Daniels stated. ‘We feel we can put together a superb bullpen with what we have in-house. But it’s always advantageous to have competition.’