As the Winter Meetings concluded, it will be one that is considered to be a relatively inactive one. A few moves were made, trades, signings, etc., but overall, this year's Winter Meetings did little.
However, if there was any team that was active at the Winter Meetings, look no further than the Texas Rangers.
After trading away their ace starter, Kevin Millwood, many people were unsure of what their intentions were. Were they dumping salary for money issues? Or were they gearing up to make a big transaction? The answer to these questions, is the latter of the two, the Rangers had a plan, one that includes winning now.
Today, the Rangers signed Rich Harden, an excellent pitcher when healthy but who is a bit of a risk given his injury history. The deal is said to be worth 6.5 million for the upcoming season, with an 11.5 million dollar option for 11.5 million. The Rangers got this money via the Millwood trade where they freed up 8 million dollars as well as relief pitcher, Chris Ray.
At the moment, there are rumors that the Rangers are close to closing a deal with the Boston Red Sox for Mike Lowell, a right handed bat that the team has been searching for. Part of the deal for this trade to go through would be that Boston would have to take on 75 percent of Lowell's contract. Or, 9 million of the 12 million he is owed in the upcoming season.
Another obvious issue for this team was acquiring a decent cather. Jarrod Saltalamachia just hasn't been doing it for this team and has let down many. He was at one point, a very highly touted prospect. The players most likely to end up behind the dish for Texas are Dioneer Navaro from Tampa Bay or Rod Barajas from Toronto. At one point, the Rangers were heavily pursuing Ivan Rodriguez, but he signed with Washington earlier in the week.
A smaller move that the Rangers made at the winter meetings was a deal with the Detroit Tigers, a team that has been dumping salary ever since the season ended. The Rangers acquired relief pitcher, Clay Rapada. In return, the Rangers gave the Tigers cash considerations and a player to be named later.
Although this signing has not happened yet, it likely will in the near future. Augie Ojeda, who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks is one of the players at the top of this team's watch list. Ojeda is a SS however he can play pretty much any position in the infield. The Rangers, with the loss of Omar Vizquel could really use a good utility player to come in off the bench.
Well, that's my recap of the Texas Rangers transactions at the Winter Meetings, hope you enjoyed.