The rivalry between the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels is really starting to resemble the rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
The Rangers have been linked to both Cole Hamels and Zack Greinke, just like the Angels have. The Brewers and Phillies know this, too, and they may try to get Texas and Los Angeles involved in a bidding war. You'd think that the Rangers would be able to trump any offer that the Angels made, if they so choose, but don't discount what the Angels can offer for either available ace.
Rival executives say the Angels have enough young talent to pull off such a deal. One said that a package of outfielder Peter Bourjos and right-hander Garrett Richards would be "a steal" for Greinke, particularly if the Angels signed Greinke long-term. Another executive cited Double A shortstop Jean Segura and Class A third baseman Kaleb Cowart as attractive talents.
The Angels are reluctant to trade Bourjos and Richards, but the uncertain physical condition of right-hander Dan Haren and continued struggles of righty Ervin Santana could push them to part with future assets.
Though not as advanced as Mike Olt, Kaleb Cowart is a pretty nice third base prospect, and could easily be the centerpiece of a Greinke or Hamels deal. It's unknown if the Angels would be willing to part with him, but judging from the past offseason, they're in win-now mode.