More rumor talk. 16 comments

Nothing to report in Rangersland except for what is on

“The Rangers have continued to discuss a couple of free-agent infielders—Josh Harrison and Yangervis Solarte—and stayed in contact with free-agent right-hander Adam Ottavino, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

“Either Harrison or Solarte, the latter of whom has already been in the Texas organization, could help fill the void for the departed Adrian Beltre and Jurickson Profar at third base.

“Ottavino, meanwhile, would be the priciest of the three to reel in, as he lags behind only Craig Kimbrel when it comes to current free-agent relievers. Contending clubs may be more realistic fits for the 33-year-old Ottavino than the Rangers, who don’t figure to push for a playoff spot in 2019.”

Okay, let’s break this down. In no possible universe would either Josh Harrison or Yangervis Solarte fill the void at third left by Beltre. Nobody can. It’s not fair to expect anyone to. But filling the Profar void is a different story. Harrison could do that but there would be no joy in it. Nothing against Mr. Harrison or Mr. Solarte, but they induce yawns.

As to the second rumor, the Adam Ottavino rumor. Why would the Rangers throw money at Ottavino. It’s not that Ottovino isn’t good, it’s just the Rangers need a big-dollar reliever like a vegan needs a gift certificate from Omaha Steaks.