The Rangers: still trying for Justin Upton, talking to the Rays about James Shields

1 Comment

Expect the Rays to talk to everyone given that they are the rare team willing to part with starting pitching. But the latest conversation they’ve had, Ken Rosenthanl reports, is with the Texas Rangers:

On one hand, the Rangers are trying to sign free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke. On the other hand, they’re also discussing trades for other top-of-the-rotation types, sources say, most notably Tampa Bay righty James Shields.

Rosenthal runs down the Rangers’ agenda this winter, which seems to be “upgrade everything,” as he reports that they’re still in the hunt for Justin Upton too.  Never mind that the Diamondbacks, whenever Upton is rumored to be going someplace, usually come out and say that it’s not likely he’s being dealt.

Cubs acquire Jesse Chavez from Rangers

Ron Jenkins/Getty Images
Leave a comment

The Cubs announced on Thursday evening that the club acquired pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Rangers in exchange for minor league pitcher Tyler Thomas.

Chavez, 34, has pitched out of the bullpen for the Rangers this season, compiling a 3.51 ERA with 50 strikeouts and 12 walks across 56 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander inked a one-year, $1 million deal with the Rangers in February, so the Cubs are on the hook for the prorated remainder — a little less than $600,000.

Thomas, 22, was selected by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. The lefty has made 14 starts and one relief appearance for Single-A South Bend, putting up a 2.88 ERA with an 81/14 K/BB ratio in 75 innings.