Rangers tempted by Manny Ramirez, not by Brad Hawpe

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Rangers officials told MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan that the team is looking at making a run at Manny Ramirez, but that the team isn’t interested in the recently released Brad Hawpe.
Hawpe has been mentioned as a possible fit for Texas and San Diego since being let go by Colorado, but the Padres appear to be out of the mix and the Rangers would prefer a right-handed bat. Boston and Tampa Bay appear to be more likely suitors at the moment.
Ramirez to Texas would be awfully interesting, but it’s not going to happen if the rumors about the White Sox putting in a claim are true. Unless he clears waivers, Ramirez can only be traded to the team that wins the claim on him, and because of their inferior record, the White Sox have a higher priority than the Rangers.
As a result, the Rangers will probably have to settle for a lesser bat or go with what they have now. They’re 8 1/2-game lead in the AL West is very comfortable, so there’s no sense going after anyone they don’t believe would fit on the postseason roster.

Report: Mets have discussed a Matt Harvey trade with at least two teams

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Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports that the Mets have discussed a trade involving starter Matt Harvey with at least two teams. Apparently, the Mets were even willing to move Harvey for a reliever.

The Mets tendered Harvey a contract on December 1. He’s entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility and will likely see a slight bump from last season’s salary of $5.125 million. As a result, there was some thought going into late November that the Mets would non-tender Harvey.

Harvey, 28, made 18 starts and one relief appearance last year and had horrendous results. He put up a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. Between his performance, his impending free agency, and his injury history, the Mets aren’t likely to get much back in return for Harvey. Even expecting a reliever in return may be too lofty.

Along with bullpen help, the Mets also need help at second base, first base, and the outfield. They don’t have many resources with which to address those needs. Ackert described the Mets’ resources as “a very limited stash of prospects” and “limited payroll space.”