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The Rangers tried to pry Andrelton Simmons away from the Braves

Nov 10, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

Andrelton Simmons AP AP

In the same story that mentioned the Dodgers’ interest in Torii Hunter, Bob Nightengale of USA Today also noted that the Rangers recently tried to acquire shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the Braves.

Why would the Rangers do this? Well, general manager Jon Daniels isn’t interested in giving up either Elvis Andrus or top prospect Jurickson Profar in a trade for Diamondbacks’ outfielder Justin Upton, so the plan was to flip Simmons to Arizona. Interesting idea, but the Braves didn’t bite.

It’s not clear what the Rangers offered for Simmons, but Mike Olt‘s name likely came up in conversations since the Braves could be in the market for a new third baseman following Chipper Jones‘ retirement. So far the Diamondbacks have been reluctant to accept Olt as a centerpiece of a deal for Upton, instead preferring either Andrus or Profar. We heard last night that if the Rangers can’t find a match with the Diamondbacks, the Rays may be positioned as to emerge as front-runners.

  1. Craig Calcaterra - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Yeah, the Braves whole “trade a stud young shortstop to the Rangers” strategy has already proved to be a failure, so one would hope that they wouldn’t do it again.

    • D.J. Short - Nov 10, 2012 at 10:11 AM

      Heh.

    • gt929 - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      I don’t know if the Rangers can trust the Braves again after Beau Jones turned out to be such a dud.

      • cur68 - Nov 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM

        If I recall Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison and Elvis Andrus were all in that deal with Beau Jones & traded for Texiera and Mahay (neither of whom are Braves anymore, I might add). Seems to me, the Rangers would be more than pleased to be the huckleberry in such a deal again . . . and the Bravos would do well to avoid it like it was plutonium.

      • gt929 - Nov 10, 2012 at 8:52 PM

        Damn, forgot to use my tongue-in-cheek font. ;-)

      • GoneYickitty - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

        gt929-1 cur68-0

  2. uscthom78 - Nov 10, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Don’t you like how teams insist on making trades without giving up anyone that the opposition wants or needs. Thats just awesome.

  3. jjschiller - Nov 10, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    The Rangers can’t just HAVE any player they want!

    Who do they think they are, the Yankees?

    • jerze2387 - Nov 10, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      im sure they can HAVE A-rod back, speaking of the yankees and Rangers in the same sentence

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