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Inside Dish: Rangers talking to O's about Ponson

Posted: July 21, 2005

 

The Rangers, desperate for starting pitching as they brace for the suspension of Kenny Rogers, are talking to the Orioles about a trade for righthander Sidney Ponson, Sporting News has learned.

 

While the talks are unrelated to the Orioles' pursuit of Marlins righthander A.J. Burnett, trading Ponson could perhaps make it easier for the Orioles to justify taking third baseman Mike Lowell along with Burnett.

 

To deal Ponson, the Orioles likely would need to pay the Rangers almost all of the approximately $13 million remaining on the pitcher's contract, which expires after next season. The Orioles, who also are talking to two other teams about Ponson, likely would receive a midlevel prospect in return.

 

The Orioles could attempt to persuade the Rangers to pay a larger percentage of Ponson's contract and the Marlins to contribute about half of the approximately $21 million remaining on Lowell's deal, which expires after 2007. That way, their outlay in the two transactions could amount to less than Lowell's total obligation -- and they'd have Lowell and be rid of Ponson.

 

It's not a great tradeoff, but it's better than carrying two under performing players with inflated contracts. Of course, the idea of putting the struggling Lowell in the same lineup as the struggling Sammy Sosa might be another reason the Orioles aren't rushing into the Burnett deal.

 

Ponson is 7-8 with a 6.04 ERA, the sixth highest ERA among major league pitchers who have worked enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. The Marlins balked when the Orioles tried to include Ponson in their package for Burnett and Lowell.

 

Ponson's devil-may-care approach would make him a poor fit for the Rangers' intense manager, Buck Showalter. But if the Orioles foot most of the bill, the Rangers evidently believe that Ponson is worth a shot. . . .

 

Both New York teams could snap to attention if the Rangers decide to trade second baseman Alfonso Soriano. Though Soriano has resisted playing center field, perhaps he would reconsider if he were traded back to the Yankees, the team for which Alex Rodriguez was willing to move from shortstop to third base. The Yankees' problem is that they can't satisfy the Rangers' need for pitching.

 

The Mets, last in the National League in on-base/slugging percentage (OPS) at second base, are an even more obvious fit for Soriano. The Rangers have shown past interest in Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, but it's extremely doubtful the Mets would trade him, even though Reyes entered Wednesday's play with the sixth-lowest OPS among major leaguers who qualify for the batting title.

 

The Mets' loss of Class A righthander Philip Humber, who recently underwent elbow-ligament transplant surgery, has reduced the team's minor league pitching depth, making it unlikely that the Mets would part with Class AA righthander Yusmeiro Petit. A package of Petit and outfielder Victor Diaz is the type that could tempt the Rangers for Soriano. ...

 

The Padres, one of several teams pursuing Reds third baseman Joe Randa, also would like to add a starting pitcher. They view Indians righthander Kevin Millwood as an ideal fit, but would need to purge a salary to squeeze both Randa and a pitcher into their payroll. The Rangers and other clubs also like Millwood, who is 3-9 with a 3.34 ERA and has raised his stock by proving that he can pitch in the American League. ...

 

Contenders are pressing the Royals for bullpen help, making runs not only at the relatively established Jeremy Affeldt and Mike MacDougal, but also rookies Andy Sisco and Ambiorix Burgos. "There's a feeling I'm shopping these guys. That's not the case," G.M. Allard Baird says. "I'm shopping for a young corner outfielder who fits with our direction. I recognize I may have to give up something at the major league level. I'm willing to do that." ...

 

The Dodgers are willing to move righthander Jeff Weaver or lefthander Odalis Perez, preferring to keep only one of them long-term. Weaver, a free agent after this season, would be attractive as a rental if the Dodgers fail to sign him long-term -- he has a 2.71 ERA since May 29, and has worked at least six innings in 11 consecutive starts. Perez, on the other hand, is signed through 2007, was sidelined nearly two months with shoulder trouble and recently lashed out at an unnamed teammate. The Nationals pursued Perez last offseason, and their G.M., Jim Bowden, is looking for starting pitching. Hmmm . . .

 

The Giants apparently were willing to trade Class AA righthander Merkin Valdez for Rockies righthander Jason Jennings, but the Rockies balked at the deal. "If he stays a starter, Valdez can at least be Pedro Astacio," one scout says. "I think you might be able to put him at the back end of the bullpen. He's got the body to be an Armando Benitez." Valdez is listed at 6-3 and 220 pounds, but the scout says he could carry 250.

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Inside Dish: Rangers talking to O's about Ponson

Posted: July 21, 2005

 

The Rangers, desperate for starting pitching as they brace for the suspension of Kenny Rogers, are talking to the Orioles about a trade for righthander Sidney Ponson, Sporting News has learned.

 

While the talks are unrelated to the Orioles' pursuit of Marlins righthander A.J. Burnett, trading Ponson could perhaps make it easier for the Orioles to justify taking third baseman Mike Lowell along with Burnett.

 

To deal Ponson, the Orioles likely would need to pay the Rangers almost all of the approximately $13 million remaining on the pitcher's contract, which expires after next season. The Orioles, who also are talking to two other teams about Ponson, likely would receive a midlevel prospect in return.

 

The Orioles could attempt to persuade the Rangers to pay a larger percentage of Ponson's contract and the Marlins to contribute about half of the approximately $21 million remaining on Lowell's deal, which expires after 2007. That way, their outlay in the two transactions could amount to less than Lowell's total obligation -- and they'd have Lowell and be rid of Ponson.

 

It's not a great tradeoff, but it's better than carrying two under performing players with inflated contracts. Of course, the idea of putting the struggling Lowell in the same lineup as the struggling Sammy Sosa might be another reason the Orioles aren't rushing into the Burnett deal.

 

Ponson is 7-8 with a 6.04 ERA, the sixth highest ERA among major league pitchers who have worked enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. The Marlins balked when the Orioles tried to include Ponson in their package for Burnett and Lowell.

 

Ponson's devil-may-care approach would make him a poor fit for the Rangers' intense manager, Buck Showalter. But if the Orioles foot most of the bill, the Rangers evidently believe that Ponson is worth a shot. . . .

 

Both New York teams could snap to attention if the Rangers decide to trade second baseman Alfonso Soriano. Though Soriano has resisted playing center field, perhaps he would reconsider if he were traded back to the Yankees, the team for which Alex Rodriguez was willing to move from shortstop to third base. The Yankees' problem is that they can't satisfy the Rangers' need for pitching.

 

The Mets, last in the National League in on-base/slugging percentage (OPS) at second base, are an even more obvious fit for Soriano. The Rangers have shown past interest in Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, but it's extremely doubtful the Mets would trade him, even though Reyes entered Wednesday's play with the sixth-lowest OPS among major leaguers who qualify for the batting title.

 

The Mets' loss of Class A righthander Philip Humber, who recently underwent elbow-ligament transplant surgery, has reduced the team's minor league pitching depth, making it unlikely that the Mets would part with Class AA righthander Yusmeiro Petit. A package of Petit and outfielder Victor Diaz is the type that could tempt the Rangers for Soriano. ...

 

The Padres, one of several teams pursuing Reds third baseman Joe Randa, also would like to add a starting pitcher. They view Indians righthander Kevin Millwood as an ideal fit, but would need to purge a salary to squeeze both Randa and a pitcher into their payroll. The Rangers and other clubs also like Millwood, who is 3-9 with a 3.34 ERA and has raised his stock by proving that he can pitch in the American League. ...

 

Contenders are pressing the Royals for bullpen help, making runs not only at the relatively established Jeremy Affeldt and Mike MacDougal, but also rookies Andy Sisco and Ambiorix Burgos. "There's a feeling I'm shopping these guys. That's not the case," G.M. Allard Baird says. "I'm shopping for a young corner outfielder who fits with our direction. I recognize I may have to give up something at the major league level. I'm willing to do that." ...

 

The Dodgers are willing to move righthander Jeff Weaver or lefthander Odalis Perez, preferring to keep only one of them long-term. Weaver, a free agent after this season, would be attractive as a rental if the Dodgers fail to sign him long-term -- he has a 2.71 ERA since May 29, and has worked at least six innings in 11 consecutive starts. Perez, on the other hand, is signed through 2007, was sidelined nearly two months with shoulder trouble and recently lashed out at an unnamed teammate. The Nationals pursued Perez last offseason, and their G.M., Jim Bowden, is looking for starting pitching. Hmmm . . .

 

The Giants apparently were willing to trade Class AA righthander Merkin Valdez for Rockies righthander Jason Jennings, but the Rockies balked at the deal. "If he stays a starter, Valdez can at least be Pedro Astacio," one scout says. "I think you might be able to put him at the back end of the bullpen. He's got the body to be an Armando Benitez." Valdez is listed at 6-3 and 220 pounds, but the scout says he could carry 250.

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Interesting. I still don't want the O's package, even if they picked up all of Lowell's salary (which this piece suggest won't happen).

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This article got me thinking about a three-way involving us, the rangers and a third team. We deal aj to texas and texas deals soriano to a third team. i am certain we could get a little cash from the other teams to make lowell's contract more palatable.

 

Would aj resign in texas? It looks like in all deals he will be a rent a pitcher.

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