Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted Monday that the Texas Rangers were interested in New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran and closer Francisco Rodriguez. And further said that the Mets could be “a big trade partner” for Texas. Wow, that sounds like a blockbuster take with some specific, inside information. You know, or not.
Rangers president Nolan Ryan went on the radio Tuesday morning and summarily dismissed that report. Ryan said, “I can’t believe that we have an interest in either.”
Ryan did say that the Rangers had begun trade discussions with other teams, but snuffed out any speculation that those two players were in any way involved in those talks.
Actually, Rodriguez would make sense for Texas if the Rangers don’t mind having an expensive set-up man, since the team is set at closer with Neftali Feliz. Last week Rodriguez seemed to imply he wouldn’t mind setting up for a contending team.
But Beltran wouldn’t seem to be a fit in Texas, given that Josh Hamilton is entrenched in left field and Nelson Cruz is set in right.
Rodriguez is making $11.5 million this season, with a $17.5 million club option ($3.5 million buyout) for 2012. Entering Tuesday the 29-year-old has a 1-2 record, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP with 20 saves in 23 opportunities this season. He has appeared in 37 games and pitched a total of 37 innings.
Beltran is making $18.5 million this year and will be a free agent this offseason. Entering Tuesday he is hitting .278 with 10 home runs and 49 RBI in 76 games. He also has a .372 on-base percentage and an .852 OPS.
Frankly, we don’t see either guy ending up in Texas. The Rangers would do better to seek out cheaper options to fill out the roster, since they don’t have gigantic holes at either of these spots.