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Texas No Longer Shopping Soriano

ESPN.com's Jayson Stark has learned the Texas Rangers notified teams interested in All-Star second baseman Alfonso Soriano that they won't trade him.

The New York Mets were rumored to be an early suitor, but the derby Sunday appeared to be down to two teams -- the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs -- after the Mets backed off.

But one baseball man who had spoken with Texas brass estimated that the odds were down to one in 100 that Soriano would be moved at all.

The Cubs were unwilling to part with pitcher Rich Hill or their top prospect, center fielder Felix Pie. Texas was asking for both.

Via ESPN


Cubs Call Texas On Soriano

While the Chicago Cubs called the Rangers on Friday to check on the availability of Alfonso Soriano, there appeared to be little movement on any potential deal for the Rangers' second baseman.

Like the Rangers, the New York Mets, the most serious potential trade partner to date, spent Friday pursuing other deals. While Rangers completed the Chan Ho Park-for-Phil Nevin deal, the Mets were reportedly investigating the possibility of obtaining disgruntled Boston outfielder Manny Ramirez.

Soriano, meanwhile, reiterated his desire to stay in Texas. He said he was not thrilled at the possibility of moving to the National League. The Rangers and Mets could resume talks today. The trade deadline is at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Via Dallas Morning-News


Padres Trade Nevin Again, This Time To Texas

The Texas Rangers plan to trade pitcher Chan Ho Park to the San Diego Padres for slugger Phil Nevin, a deal that awaited approval from the commissioner's office.

"If the league OKs it, then it's a done deal," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Friday before his team played the Cincinnati Reds. "Obviously, we've talked to Texas. There's nothing official yet. Nev's aware of it. Chan Ho's aware of it."

Rangers spokesman Gregg Elkin also said the trade was pending approval from the commissioner's office. Park was scratched just before his scheduled start in Toronto on Friday night and left the ballpark.

The deal came just two days before Sunday's 3 p.m. CDT deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers. Approval was needed because it involves the Rangers sending cash to San Diego to help offset the money remaining on the $65 million, five-year contract Park signed with Texas before the 2002 season.

Less than an hour after Bochy spoke, Nevin told reporters he expected to be a member of the Rangers by Saturday.

"I'm going to go in and say goodbye to my teammates and start packing and get my stuff ready to go to Toronto," Nevin said. "I'm excited. I honestly am. It's an opportunity to play, it's a great organization, there's some great people there that I do know from a long time ago. I'm just excited to get over there."

Via ESPN


Soriano Told To Pack His Bags For Queens, Moments Later Halted

The Alfonso Soriano talks heated up yesterday, and at one point Soriano got a call from his agent telling him to pack his bags because he was headed to the Mets.

Moments later, a person who spoke with Soriano said the Rangers' second baseman got another call telling him to hold off because the deal had hit a snag. A Mets official called a Soriano deal "a long shot," and Rangers owner Tom Hicks told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram he didn't intend to deal Soriano.

But in spite of those public denials, which could be smoke screens designed to improve the teams' negotiating positions, it seemed clearer than ever that the Mets were working hard to get Soriano and the Rangers had decided to move him.

Two baseball officials close to the talks said discussions yesterday focused on Mets right-hander Aaron Heilman and Double-A Binghampton right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, but that the Mets might prefer to deal right-hander Victor Zambrano rather than Heilman.

Mets GM Omar Minaya and the rest of the front office is gathering in New York today for meetings that will last through the weekend, setting up a "war room" of sorts in advance of Sunday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline.

Via Star-Ledger


Rangers Want Ponson

The Rangers' interest in Sidney Ponson has increased dramatically, MLB.com's Gary Washburn reports, and a trade with the Orioles could be consummated by the July 31 deadline to make deals without going through the waiver process.

The Rangers would like to add a starting pitcher, but club officials are not interested in paying the entire $10 million Ponson is owed next season, so the Orioles likely would have to be responsible for a chunk of his 2006 salary.

The Rangers have two players they could move before the deadline: prospect outfielder Adrian Gonzalez and veteran right fielder Richard Hidalgo. Gonzalez would be more to the Orioles' liking, but that would mean they probably would have to pay more of Ponson's salary to get Gonzalez and he likely would not help the team in their playoff run this season.

Via MLB.com


Rangers Jul 2005 Archive

  • Rogers' Appeal Rejected, Will Serve 20-Game Suspension

    Kenny Rogers' appeal of his 20-game suspension for shoving two cameramen was rejected Wednesday by commissioner Bud Selig.

  • Rangers Want Cameron And A Star Prospect For Soriano

    Trade talks between the Mets and Rangers have reportedly stalled as Texas wants Mike Cameron and star prospect Lastings Milledge.

  • Soriano Price Too High For Mets

    Omar Minaya long has coveted Rangers second baseman Alfonso Soriano, but such an acquisition looks too costly for the Mets.

  • Mets In Serious Talks For Soriano

    The Mets are looking to upgrade their second base situation and might be able to acquire Alfonso Soriano or Jeff Kent.

  • Soriano Could Be Dealt

    In order to acquire pitching, the Rangers are prepared to trade one of the game's best second basemen in Alfonso Soriano.

  • Rogers Turns Himself In On Assault Charge

    Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers turned himself in to authorities Monday on a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from his videotaped tirade against two TV cameramen.

  • Nix Placed On DL With Injured Shoulder

    The Rangers placed centerfielder Laynce Nix on the 15-day disabled list Sunday after he injured his shoulder in Thursday's loss to the Athletics.

  • Harden Carries Perfect Game Into The Eighth

    Rich Harden carried a perfect game into the eighth inning Thursday night, finishing with a masterful two-hitter in the Oakland Athletics' 6-0 victory over the Texas Rangers.

  • Rogers Will Play In All-Star Game

    Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers will play in the 2005 MLB All-Star game according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.

  • Soriano Misses Sunday Game To Be With Wife For Birth

    Second baseman Alfonso Soriano missed Sunday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays to be with his wife in Panama for the upcoming birth of their third child.

  • Teixeira Will Represent USA In International Home Run Derby

    Mark Teixeira will represent the United States in the Century 21 Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game.

  • Rogers Suspened 20 Games And Fined $50,000

    Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers was suspended for 20 games and fined $50,000 by Major League Baseball on Friday for an outburst that sent a television cameraman to the hospital.

  • Rangers' Francisco Pleads No Contest To Misdemeanor Assault

    A Texas Rangers pitcher accused of tossing a chair at an Oakland Athletics fan last year was sentenced to a work program and anger management classes Thursday, ending a case that sparked a national debate on violence between fans and professional athletes.

  • Rangers Explode For Eight Home Runs

    Kevin Mench hit three homers and Mark Teixeira had two as Texas hit eight home runs in a game for the second time this season, leading the Rangers to an 18-5 rout of the Los Angeles Angels.