Kauf Drops: Morning News & Notes

Could Elvis Andrus find himself in the middle of trade talks before the deadline?

The Texas Rangers swept the Houston Astros and got amazing starts from Wandy Rodriguez and Colby Lewis. Who knew?

But before you go jumping up and down let’s realize one thing, especially going into a series against the Tampa Bay Rays, they swept the Houston Astros. Yes I know the Astros had been winners of 10-straight at one point but you didn’t really think the Astros would run away with the AL West division, did you? You didn’t really think the Astros would end up being the best team in the division when the smoke cleared, did you?

This series should make you feel good about what the offense has been doing especially with how they struggled early on in the year. You’ve got Kyle Blanks hitting a few big home runs, Carlos Peguero hits two of them on Wednesday night and is showing big time power in the lineup, Shin-Soo Choo seems like his stroke is starting to come around, and when you get solid pitching from Lewis and Rodriguez it has to make you feel good about what’s to come for this ball club.

What could become interesting is what the Rangers will end up deciding as far as shortstop Elvis Andrus is concerned. There’s been a lot of talk about the lackluster play of Andrus not only offensively (.231) but also defensively with already seven errors through his first 27 games of the season. At this point, he’s on pace to shatter his worst error total of 25 back in 2011.

The question is, would the Rangers even consider the idea of trading him? Even though he has had his tough games defensively this year, he still makes some big time plays like he did a few days ago, diving to his left to make the grab and making a glove flip to Adam Rosales to start a double play. If they did trade Andrus, who would they replace him with? Rougned Odor has had a tough start to the season, I don’t see them starting Rosales every day at the position,

According to Baseball Prospectus, the names behind Andrus on the positional depth chart are Hanser Alberto and Michael De Leon with Travis Demeritte and Josh Morgan pulling up the rear but could any of those four names step into the role of the everyday shortstop and do a better job on both sides of the ball than Andrus? That’s the question general manager Jon Daniels has to ask himself when the trade deadline comes up and the answer to that will lead to his eventual willingness, or unwillingness, to deal Andrus to any team in the big leagues.

There are times when you need to shake things up and if the team continues to struggle at the position, you may see the Rangers really begin conversations with teams about Andrus and see what they might get in return. With Daniels and San Diego Padres’ general manager A.J. Preller being used to each other as former co-workers, a deal between the two teams could come together this summer especially with San Diego not sold at all on Clint Barmes and Alexi Amarista being their everyday guy for the rest of the season.

The Rangers certainly aren’t the only team with a shortstop they could be willing to deal as MLB Trade Rumors points out that the Padres could be interested in Chicago Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro but, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, they aren’t exactly fans of his defensively.

What would it take for the Padres to land Andrus?

“To get Andrus, the Padres would need to either swallow the majority of his contract or part with top prospects in exchange for the Rangers including significant cash in the deal,” says Rosenthal.

The Padres are already paying big time money for Justin Upton, James Shields, and Matt Kemp so taking on Andrus may not be in the financial plans for San Diego’s front office. Then again, it seems like they have opened the checkbook to Preller with a sign that says, “In Preller We Trust.”

 

No MLB for Murray

Former Allen High School, turned Texas A&M Aggie, quarterback Kyler Murray decided on Wednesday to take his name out of the Major League Baseball amateur draft but that doesn’t mean he still can’t be drafted. He sent in a request to teams not to draft him but that hasn’t stopped teams from drafting guys like Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson (Texas Rangers) or Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel (San Diego Padres) so why would it stop anyone from drafting Murray in hopes that a big enough dollar sign would help him change his mind?

Not saying Murray would absolutely leave College Station but if he’s a high enough draft pick and there are enough zeros in the signing bonus you really think Murray wouldn’t at least think about it for a day or two without any of us knowing that he’s actually considering it?

Will he still be drafted? Maybe not. But I’m curious, if he is drafted and by who, how tempted he might be to change his mind. I think he has a brighter future in football than he does in baseball so that alone should make him not even give it a second thought especially since hitting the pros would happen sooner in football than it would in baseball. Bryce Harper he is not.

 

Randy Gregory mentored

Former NFL coach Herm Edwards was on with Darren Smith of San Diego’s 1090 AM on Tuesday afternoon and talked about mentoring Dallas Cowboys’ draft pick, Randy Gregory. Edwards told Smith that there was more to teams passing on Gregory in the draft than just his failed drug test during the NFL combine. He also talked about how Gregory was a “young man that needs some help off the field. It comes down to decision making, surround himself with people who can help him.”

When it comes to off the field issues, the Dallas Cowboys are no stranger to giving players, with a trouble past, a second chance. Greg Hardy is THE perfect example of that not to mention the legal troubles running back Joseph Randle has had the past year and change and still has a roster spot with the team. Where the Cowboys are concerned, Edwards told Smith that they are a good landing spot for Gregory saying, “Jerry Jones for years has always had people and support system to help players who need it,” and gave Charles Haley as an example of that.

The last thing Edwards mentioned where Gregory was concerned was that it wasn’t the player himself who reached out for help, it was Gregory’s agent who reached out to Edwards asking if he could talk to his client and take him under his wing. Hopefully things will change and Gregory will choose better people to have around him because Edwards admitted that there were some bad influences around him that were part of the explanation for what had transpired thus far.

About Todd Kaufmann

Growing up in San Diego, CA, Todd made the move to Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas in the spring of 2008. Since then, he has covered events such as the Byron Nelson Classic, the Colonial Tournament, the AT&T Cotton Bowl, numerous home games for the Texas Rangers as well as high school football around the metroplex. You can also find some of his written work in the weekly Prosper Times and monthly Prosper Magazine. He and his wife Kerri make their home in Little Elm, Texas with their daughter, Hannah, and yellow lab, Ranger. Contact: Website | Facebook | Twitter | More Posts

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