Andrus not being moved. Jon Daniels:"We're not breakinf up our strengths, and one of biggest strengths is the left side(Andrus, Beltre)"
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) March 19, 2013
Last week, we found out that the Rangers were scouting Joba Chamberlain. We know that a Yankee scout attended last Thursday’s Rangers game, which narrows down a trade to a few possible players. David Murphy, Mitch Moreland, Craig Gentry, Elvis Andrus, and Mike Olt all played. Since then, we’ve learned that the Yankees have no interest in Gentry, and that Andrus is not available. The Rangers probably can’t afford trading away Murphy, and at this point it looks like discussions were likely around either Moreland or Olt.
On Monday, in an interview with Mike Francesa, Brian Cashman said that he does not have any trades brewing at the moment, but is looking thoroughly into options in other camps.
Chamberlain is getting a lot of playing time of late, throwing one high-leverage at bat (strikeout looking) yesterday, and a 9 pitch 1-2-3 inning today where his fastball sat at 96 mph. On the Ranger’s front, the organization optioned down Mike Olt to Triple-A this week, which sets up Mitch Moreland as the starting first baseman. The Rangers don’t seem to be too enamored with Baseball America’s #22 prospect this year, considering they’ve been including him in trade proposals as recently as a month ago. All signs point to Olt as the main target here, but there’s no telling what it would cost outside of Chamberlain.