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Rangers infield makeover complete, plus other notes

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jan 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

In 2003, the Rangers regular infield was a talented group of 20-somethings: Mark Teixeira, Michael Young, Hank Blalock and Alex Rodriguez.

In 2011, the Texas infield will have finally been completely transformed.

First Rodriguez was traded to New York, then Teixeira was shipped to Atlanta and Blalock fell into a secondary role before landing in Tampa.

Now, Young is falling out of the regular infield rotation. The Rangers on the verge of a deal with Adrian Beltre, bumping Young into some sort of utility/designated hitter role. The Yankees have more of that 2003 Rangers infield than the Rangers do.

Some other notes and links from the day.

Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Yankees have shown some interest in Jeremy Bonderman. It makes sense that the Yankees would take a look at a Bonderman-type starter, but as I’ve written over and over again, it’s hard to know how much of this is genuine interest and how much is simply checking on every possibility.

The Orioles have agreed to a deal with reliever Kevin Gregg. He seems to be a potential replacement for Alfredo Simon as a potential closer.

• If the Yankees were in the market for a left-handed outfielder, they might have looked at Jeremy Hermida as a veteran to check out in spring training. Instead, Hermida has agreed to a minor league deal with the Reds.

The Nationals have landed first baseman Adam LaRoche. I guess he’ll slide into the middle of that lineup with Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman.

The Braves finally worked out their extension with Dan Uggla.

Associated Press photo of Rodriguez




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