A rough stretch for the Texas Rangers continued on Tuesday night when they were excluded from a three-way, nine-player deal in which Arizona obtained a needed shortstop. At the winter meetings, the Rangers led the attempt to put together a four-team deal in which they would have picked up Arizona outfielder Justin Upton, with a shortstop going to the Diamondbacks. Arizona met that need by obtaining highly regarded shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius from Cincinnati. On a conference call with reporters, Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said it was "highly unlikely" that Upton will be traded before opening day. That increases the possibility of the Rangers re-signing free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton. The Rangers pursued Upton to make them less dependent upon re-signing Hamilton. Arizona also received left-hander Tony Sipp and first baseman Lars Anderson from Cleveland. Arizona sent right-handers Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw to Cleveland. Cincinnati received outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and infielder Jason Donald from Cleveland. The Reds sent outfielder Drew Stubbs, from the University of Texas, to Cleveland.
Rangers frozen out on Upton; Hamilton looming larger
Dallas Morning News | Dec 13