Tag:Hank Blalock
Posted on: March 8, 2010 10:09 am

Rays, Blalock closer to deal

Mark Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times is reporting the Tampa Bay Rays are close to completing a deal with former two-time American League All-Star Hank Blalock.

Blalock, 29, hit .259 with 152 home runs and 535 RBI during his eight seasons with the Texas Rangers. The left-handed hitter struggled with a .234 average last season, finishing with 25 homers and 66 RBI in 495 plate appearances.

Category: MLB
Posted on: March 5, 2010 10:46 am
Edited on: March 8, 2010 10:06 am

Rays, Marlins looking at Blalock

Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports the Tampa Bay Rays are interested in signing former Texas Ranger infielder Hank Blalock to a minor league deal. The Florida Marlins have shown interest, too.

Blalock, 29, hit .259 with 152 home runs and 535 RBI during his eight seasons with Texas. The left-handed hitter struggled with a .234 average last season, finishing with 25 homers and 66 RBI in 495 plate appearances.

Posted on: February 17, 2010 10:48 am

Indians, Rays, Red Sox looking at Branyan

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting the Indians are in a three-team chase for free agent Russell Branyan, who can play outfield, third base and first base. The other interested teams are believed to be the Rays and Red Sox.

Drafted in the seventh round in 1994, Branyan started his career with the Indians. The left-handed hitter played one game in 1998, followed by 11 games in '99, 67 in 2000, 113 in '01 and 50 in '02 before being dealt to the Cincinnati Reds.

Branyan, 34, had a career year last season, hitting career-bests 31 homers and 76 RBI with a 2.51 batting average in just 116 games with the Seattle Mariners.  A bad back kept him from playing a full season and is likely the reason the Mariners weren't willing to offer a multiyear deal.

The Plain Dealer is also reporting the Indians are looking at free agents Hank Blalock (.234, 25 homers, 66 RBI last year) and Jermaine Dye (.250, 27, 81).

Posted on: August 24, 2009 10:01 am

Rangers look to Davis for boost

The Rangers are hoping Chris Davis can give them a boost at first base.

Dallas Morning News reports that Davis, who was demoted to Triple-A in July, will be called up for the series opener against the New York Yankees on Tuesday, and manager Ron Washington said Davis will be the first baseman.

The move will cut into the playing time of Hank Blalock, who is hitting .238 and was 1-for-11 in the series against Tampa Bay. 
Washington said when Davis returns to the lineup, Blalock will resume his role as a part-time first baseman and designated hitter.

Posted on: June 16, 2009 10:44 am

Jonathan Sanchez's value

The San Jose Mercury News reports the Giants have not acknowledged that they are shopping Jonathan Sanchez, but league sources said the 26-year-old lefty has been an active name as the club seeks a power bat for the middle of the lineup.

However, Sanchez's performance has dropped his trade value.  According to scouts, an all-around drop in the quality of his stuff and control issues are to blame.  The sources alsy say the Indians were once interested but have since backed off.

A Giants source said the team was not close to making any deals but they have talked to the Texas Rangers about 3B Hank Blalock, but he isn't considered an ideal fit.
Posted on: May 22, 2009 1:59 pm

Heyman On Peavy, Pedro, Blalock

Jon Heyman of SI.com has a number of rumors in his latest column:

  • He believes the Cubs and Brewers have the best shot at acquiring Jake Peavy, because of the pitcher's preference for the National League and his desire to play in "middle America." Heyman believes Peavy would accept a deal to either team, but there are never guarantees with a no-trade clause.
  • The Yankees and Indians both say they cannot add payroll.  
  • One AL executive believes Pedro Martinez would sign for $3MM plus incentives at this point.  
  • The Rangers would listen to offers for Hank Blalock and ask for relief help in return. 
Posted on: January 5, 2009 9:52 am
Edited on: January 5, 2009 10:08 am

Rangers Rumors: Manny, Sheets, Gagne, Young

SI.com's Jon Heyman checks in with a post on the Rangers; most of the info came up during his recent MLB Network appearance.

Posted on: December 23, 2008 2:56 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2008 3:09 pm

Rosenthal's Latest: Bradley, Burrell, Dunn

Ken Rosenthal filed a new column earlier today.

  • The Angels are lukewarm on Manny Ramirez, and for now are talking about filling their lineup with internal candidates.
  • Kevin Towers says that if the Jake Peavy sweepstakes heats back up, "nobody is going to know it."  Rosenthal discusses the chances of the Angels or Cubs.
  • Mark Teixeira is "almost certain" to get an escape clause in his deal.
  • The Cubs are confident about signing Milton Bradley, but the Rays, Yankees, and Nationals are interested too.
  • Rosenthal looks at possibilities for Pat Burrell, discussing the Rays, Mariners, Rangers, and Reds.
  • The Brewers expressed interest in Adam Dunn as they were mulling a Mike Cameron trade (Corey Hart would've played center).
  • Bobby Abreu "remains in touch with the Yankees."  Surprisingly to hear, as the two sides reportedly had not spoken for quite a while.
  • The Rangers would like to move some salary, with Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, and Hank Blalock the candidates.
  • The Royals like Jerry Hairston Jr., but don't have the money to sign him.
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