Rangers, Red Sox Finalize Saltalamacchia Deal

The Rangers have acquired Jorge Cantu from the Marlins and Cristian Guzman from the Nationals to solidify their infield.

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Boston Red Sox Send MIchael Thomas to Texas Rangers To Complete Jarrod Saltalamacchia Trade

Michael Thomas was added as the final player Saturday in the deal that sent Jarrod Saltalamacchia to Boston. Jones will join pitcher Roman Mendez and corner bat Chris McGuiness in the Rangers system, as they attempt to replenish their prospect ranks after four trades made to bolster their playoff run.

Thomas, a 6-4, 220 righty with a big arm, was drafted by Boston as a catcher but will be converted to the mound by Texas.

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Saltalamacchia Traded To Boston

The Rangers have traded catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for minor league pitcher Roman Mendez, minor league 1B Chris McGuinness, a player to be named later and cash.

Saltalamacchia has spent most of the season in AAA Oklahoma City after hitting the disabled list in April and then battling mental problems throwing the ball back to the pitcher.

Salty appeared in 193 games for the Rangers over four seasons, hitting .243/.309/.383 with 19 HR and 82 RBI. He was acquired along with Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz, Beau Jones and Matt Harrison in the Mark Teixeira trade three years ago.

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Rangers Shopping Harden, Feldman

Per T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers are gauging interest in starting pitchers Rich Harden and Scott Feldman.

Sullivan says:

Teams are looking for starting pitching and Ted Lilly of the Cubs is considered the best remaining available pitcher on the market. The Rangers want to know if there are any teams interested in their pitchers and are talking with other clubs.

The Mets are one possibility. The Brewers are also looking for starting pitching. Harden is currently on the disabled list but could come off and start against the Angels on Saturday. If so, Feldman would likely move to the bullpen.

Feldman is 5-9 with a 5.46 ERA in 20 starts, including 0-3 with a 6.17 ERA in his last six outings.

Harden is 3-3 with a 5.68 ERA in 13 starts and has been since June 12 with a strained muscle in his lower back. He is 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA in four starts on rehab assignment but pitched six strong innings in his last outing on Monday, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk while striking out ten.

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Guzman Trade Details

According to T.R. Sullivan, the Nationals are acquiring AA pitchers Tanner Roark and Ryan Tatusko from the Rangers in exchange for Cristian Guzman. Tatusko, 25 years old, has appeared in 24 games for AA Frisco – starting 13 of them – while logging 100 innings. He has a 2.97 ERA while allowing 94 hits, issuing 40 walks and striking out 58. Roark has appeared in 22 games - starting 17 - while posting a 4.20 ERA in 105 IP, allowing 113 hits, issuing 33 walks and striking out 75.

Buster Olney is reporting that the Nationals are kicking in over $2 million in order to make this trade happen.

This deal satiates the Rangers desire to acquire another second baseman while Kinsler is on the disabled list. Combined with the Cantu trade, the Rangers will be sporting an entirely new right side of the infield with Guzman at second and Cantu at first.

UPDATE: Robbie Griffin offers some analysis on the deal over in The Heart of Texas.

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Rangers Acquire Cristian Guzman

The Rangers have acquired infielder Cristian Guzman from the Washington Nationals for prospects according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson. Details to follow.

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Wilson: Davis Optioned To AAA

Per Jeff Wilson, the Rangers have optioned Chris Davis back down to AAA Oklahoma City to make room for Jorge Cantu.

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Rosenthal: Rangers Acquire Cantu

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers have acquired Jorge Cantu from the Marlins in exchange for minor leaguers Evan Reed and Omar Poveda.

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Report: Rangers In 2B Market

Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Rangers are interested in acquiring a second baseman after Ian Kinsler was placed on the disabled list.

With this latest report, Ty Wigginton could make sense for the Rangers if they’re looking to acquire a player with versatility. Wigginton has started 35 games at 2B this year.

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Report: Rangers Close To Acquiring Cantu

Per Marlins beat writer Clark Spencer, the Marlins are “getting closer” to trading infielder Jorge Cantu to the Texas Rangers.

Spencer doesn’t list any names from Texas that would be headed to Florida, but last night it was reported by Chris Cox that Frisco Roughrider Evan Reed was of interest to the Marlins.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today is reporting that the Marlins are willing to pay "most, if not all" of Jorge Cantu's 2010 salary.

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Report: Rangers Relief Prospects Drawing Interest

Chris Cox of MLB.com reports that Frisco Roughrider Evan Reed and Bakersfield’s Fabio Castillo are being asked about in deadline trade discussions.

Reed is connected with potential target Jorge Cantu.

The Marlins are interested in right-handed pitcher Evan Reed as part of a trade for infielder Jorge Cantu, whom the Rangers have been looking at as a right-handed-hitting corner infielder.

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Rangers Interested In Prince Fielder

Per Jon Heyman of SI, the Rangers have been inquiring about Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers. Fielder, of course, is an elite power bat but will also come with a high price both in prospects and financially. He’s set to make a total of 11 million this year and will head to arbitration this winter before becoming a free agent next winter.

Fielder is hitting below his career OPS of .928 this year, posting a .262/.400/.504 line with 24 home runs thus far in 2010. Needless to say, he’d be a sizable upgrade over Chris Davis at 1B.

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Report: Rangers Target Ty Wigginton, Jorge Cantu

A new story from T.R. Sullivan says that Orioles infielder Ty Wigginton and Marlins infielder Jorge Cantu continue to be the most likely targets as the Texas Rangers pursue a right-handed hitting infielder and platoon option for Chris Davis

Both players have played first and third base this season, and Wigginton has seen significant time at second base. Wigginton had an excellent first two months but has slumped since the start of June and has hit just .212/.256/.353 in July. Cantu has hit just .260/.308/.410 for the season. 

Both players are perceived to be strong against left-handed pitching, but neither has a positive lefty split this season.

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