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Monday, July 31, 2006

Rangers - Acquired Stairs, Wells

Texas Rangers - Acquired OF Matt Stairs from the Kansas City Royals for P Joselo Diaz; acquired P Kip Wells from the New York Mets for P Jesse Chavez.

Here we have a couple of spare part pickups on the cheap.  Stairs is the best player here, but he’s no longer the offensive player he once was and is best suited as a 4th outfielder/DH/1B, especially as the larger part of a platoon.  He won’t make much of a difference, but in a close race, every little bit counts.  Diaz was signed by the Rangers earlier this year as a minor league free agent and pretty much follows the Live Arm Minor League Reliever blueprint - lots of strikeouts, lots of walks, hopes to have a good week in spring training and get a job.

Wells-Chavez is maybe one step above a waiver-wire claim.  Good ERA in July aside, Wells still really isn’t pitching all that well and his impact on a pennant race is more likely to be negative than positive.  Chavez isn’t exactly a huge haul, of course - a scrawny organizational reliever who’s unlikely to get more than a cup of coffee in the majors.

Dan Szymborski Posted: July 31, 2006 at 08:25 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. I can't believe we're playing Francoeur(KevinHess) Posted: August 01, 2006 at 04:50 AM (#2121101)
Man, Dayton Moore was not kidding when he said he would only be looking to the long-term in his trades this year. Matt Stairs, sad as it is, was one of the best hitters on the team.
   2. Raines Posted: August 07, 2006 at 12:43 AM (#2129554)
Wells from the Mets? Was there a three-way deal? I thought Wells was Pittsburgh property.
If that's the case, another horribe roster move by Littlefield. Craig Wilson for Shawn F Chacon boggles the mind.
   3. Dan Szymborski Posted: August 07, 2006 at 02:24 AM (#2129765)
Raines, that's from typing too many entries at once. Obviously, that was the Pirates (I did categorize it correctly, if you notice!).
   4. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: August 07, 2006 at 02:31 AM (#2129779)
(I did categorize it correctly, if you notice!)

Actually, you didn't as you didn't include Kansas City.

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