Mailbag: All-Star Game on horizon?
Beat reporter T.R. Sullivan answers fans' questions
Time for me to answer some questions and for you to offer your own opinions on Monday Morning Manager, now playing at Postcards from Elysian Fields.
I know it has been since 1995 that Arlington hosted the All-Star Game. When and how is that determined and is there any hope of landing the game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in the near future, possibly once Cowboys Stadium and Glory Park open?
-- Turner T., Austin, Texas
-- Senna N., Allen, Texas They see a 26-year-old left-hander who can throw 93-94 mph with terrific secondary pitches, good makeup and pitching intelligence. His 8.16 strikeouts per nine innings is the second highest on the staff, and his 6.28 hits per nine innings is the second lowest. But 4.60 walks per nine innings is too high. He needs to "pound" the strike zone more to earn the trust of his bosses for a more prominent role. Still, this guy is a tremendous talent. I think he should be built up to a starting pitcher. He is definitely not somebody the Rangers should let get away. It seems the rumors of Mark Teixeira to the Dodgers have cooled off due to the hot bat of [James] Loney, but the Braves could be another good fit. What does Atlanta have as far as pitching to offer the Rangers?
-- Jim S., Birmingham, Ala. The two most obvious candidates are left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, who is 23, and right-hander Joey Devine, who is a hard-throwing reliever. They have some interesting position players in the Minor Leagues, including third baseman Eric Campbell and outfielder Brandon Jones. The Rangers really need Reyes.
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I have one. How about Teixeira to the Orioles for Nick Markakis and Erik Bedard?
-- Chris. G., Saginaw, Texas
-- Mark V., Fort Worth, Texas The Dodgers love Teixeira but are focused right now on upgrading their pitching. The Dodgers have a great collection of young talent, and Loney is playing well, so I'm not sure how motivated they are to pursue Teixeira at this point. What do you think about the idea of trading Teixeira to Detroit for Andrew Miller and Magglio Ordonez or Brandon Inge? Miller is a hot young pitcher who reminds me of a young Randy Johnson, and we all know how he turned out.
-- Chris J., Norman, Okla. The Tigers have made it clear that they will not give up Miller. But it's an interesting thought. With the rest of their talent, to have Teixeira for this year and next year with a clear chance to win one or two World Series might just be worth giving up Miller. The Tigers are really close. Do you think trading Teixeira for Phillip Hughes of the Yankees would be a good trade?
-- James H., Forney, Texas The Rangers like Hughes and Joba Chamberlain, a big-time right-handed power pitcher currently in Double-A. The Yankees are resisting trading their young pitching, but those are the kind of big-time arms the Rangers want for Teixeira. What about a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates involving Teixeira and Edinson Volquez for Tom Gorzelanny? He's a great young pitcher.
-- Jeff J., Flower Mound, Texas I like Gorzelanny, too, but the Pirates have regressed this year and have a ways to go before they're contenders again. Hard to see them wanting Teixeira at this point. Wasn't Frank Catalanotto originally a second baseman? Why don't the Rangers use him as their starting second baseman until Ian Kinsler is off the DL, and play Brad Wilkerson in left field?
-- David B., Arlington Catalanotto has not played second base since 2002 for the Rangers, and they did not play him there in Spring Training. His time as a middle infielder has long passed.
I keep hearing that the Rangers might be willing to part with Eric Gagne and Akinori Otsuka. Are there any closers in the Minors that might take their place?
-- Leroy K., Arlington
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.