INDIANAPOLIS -- The Texas Rangers, broke and awaiting a new owner, continue discussions with Baltimore and other clubs to trade starting pitcher Kevin Millwood and the $12 million salary he's owed for 2010.
There was some thought that if the Rangers could acquire enough cash in a Millwood deal, it would allow them to pursue a right-handed bat like Jermaine Dye through free agency. That is not going to happen, said one source with knowledge of the Rangers' situation, because even in that scenario, they could not acquire enough cash to shop in the free agent aisle.
Texas' best bet right now toward adding an impact bat remains ex-Ranger and current Chicago Cub Milton Bradley, whom the Cubs are shopping hard and hope to deal this week before the winter meetings end. But that is not going to happen, either, unless the Cubs agree to assume most of the remaining $23 million that remains on Bradley's contract over the next two years.