November 12, 2006

The Rangers and Ryan Freel

The Dallas Morning News mentions everyone's favorite human hummingbird among its rumors about the Rangers' need for a center fielder:

There might be guys available for trade. The Rangers could explore dealing for Philadelphia's Aaron Rowand, but that would probably take something such as Hank Blalock. And new manager Washington has made it clear he wants to work with Blalock.

A more likely trade possibility might be Cincinnati's Ryan Freel. He could be part of a platoon in center and would also replace some of the versatility that the club will lose if Mark DeRosa signs elsewhere, as expected.

I don't think there is there any possibility that the Reds could get enough out of a trade for Ryan Freel. The trade would have to do more than address one of the team's needs; it would have to justify giving up Freel's skill, spark, and popularity. Trading Felipe Lopez and Austin Kearns for middle relievers makes people think you're an idiot. Trading Freel for a middle reliever would make people think you're Satan.

5 comments to “The Rangers and Ryan Freel”

  1. redsrbetter says:

    I personally think that the Felo and Ears trade were far worse than any juncture concerning Freel. But I agree trading Freel for a reliever would be retarted.

    Freel is one guy I would hate to see traded because he has far more value as an asset to this team as a crash test dummy than as trade bait. You can’t net the value of this guy because you can’t sell his value to anyone wanting him.

    just my thoughts…

    I would just hate to see Freel go because we have so many holes that he could cover right now.

  2. smartelf says:

    This is economics 101… Felipe and Kearns were expendible because they were both due salary increases via arbitration, whereas Freel is locked up at a bargain price (and please lock him up even longer, Wayne)… Freel is not available in my opinion and I would be utterly shocked if he was moved. I think he was the MVP of this team because of his incredible defense, and he made the most ESPN highlights which is probably why other teams’ bloggers are targeting him as a value to trade for… but fortunately we aren’t morons here in Cincinnati, are we?

  3. Red Hot Mama says:

    You’re not in Cincinnati, are you smartelf?

  4. smartelf says:

    Well I am currently in Vegas, but I did live in Cincinnati the past 2 summers, so I am pretty close to considering myself a dual-citizen of Sin-City and Cincinnati.

  5. Red Hot Mama says:

    Sin-City and Cin-City. It’s beautiful parallelism.