Randy Wolf, Kenny Lofton, & Frank Catalanotto as Rangers in 07 and none of our free agents returning? So says this article on free agent possibilities over at mlbtraderumors. Here’s what they’re saying about Wolf, Lofton, & Cat…
Randy Wolf: It’ll be a somewhat risky signing, but the
Rangers need some starters. I only have them down for one free agent
starter, so another would have to come via trade. I could see a major
splash with a Young or Teixeira trade.
My thoughts: Probably no worse a risk than Padilla was coming in
here last year. Injuries are an issue, of course, and there’s the
perception that Daniels is going to the Philly well yet again. I
probably wouldn’t be upset with this at all. Would depend on the
dollars/years. Also, there’s that trade Mike Young or Tex thing. Young
ain’t happening. While I wouldn’t be happy about it, I could see Tex
going somewhere else, but I don’t think any Ranger fan wants THAT.
Kenny Lofton: Someone has to fill the void in center if
Matthews tests the market and finds something better. Why not a 48
year-old speedster? Should Matthews and Lee leave, the Rangers will
have a lot of question marks in the outfield.
My thoughts: Might as well bring back Julio Franco, too. Oh hey, I
hear Ricky Henderson is still officially not retired either. There’s
gotta be a better stopgap option than Lofton. The only reason to bring
him in would mean you’d make a major push to bring in Vernon Wells
after 2007. There is that quote of Wells’ saying that he and Mike Young
would be teammates eventually. As a Ranger fan, you have to like that.
Frank Catalanotto: Not only is he a former Ranger, but they
tried to trade for him this summer. Texas has pretty good outfield
options in Nelson Cruz and Brad Wilkerson, but stability and
flexibility with Catalanotto and Lofton makes sense.
My thoughts: Would strike me as the same return as bringing back
David Dellucci. I never wanted Cat to leave in the first place, but now
that we’re a few years removed, I’m not sure if there aren’t better
options there. Course our outfield is full of holes if all our guys
walk, so we probably could use a pickup like this. Not a problem with
it, but it strikes me as a sideways move.
The link above has some other ideas as to where the Ranger free agents will end up.
Carlos Lee – Astros
Vicente Padilla – Mets
Mark DeRosa – Phillies
Gary Matthews – Cubs
The report also has Alfonso Soriano joining DeRosa in Philly. The
only way THAT would happen is if Philly can move Pat Burrell, which is
no mean feat itself. I wouldn’t mind taking a flyer on Burrell down
here in Texas, provided Philly picks up a bunch of salary. Course
there’s that "too many times to the Philly well" idea again. :)