Jon Heyman and Frankie Piliere both report Monday afternoon that the Rangers are reportedly interested in Josh Bell with their No. 33 pick despite his demands and stated desire to attend the University of Texas.
Piliere said in his day-long chat:
Buzz: Rangers, according to sources, could be a landing spot for Josh Bell at the very end of the first
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Jon Heyman tweeted a similar note just a bit later.
texas rangers considering taking dallas hs hitting prodigy josh bell even tho bells maintained he's going to u of texas
Of course the Rangers would not only need to be able to sign Bell if they draft him - most likely at a cost surpassing $6 million - they would have to hope that several teams with interest in him and a similarly cavalier attitude about his demands will pass on him in the first round. Foremost among that group: the Boston Red Sox, who have picks at 19 and 26 and have seen their GM scout Bell personally.