The Rangers actually match up well with the Yankees as they have depth at the corner infield positions right now, but it seems hard to imagine a deal happening between the two. For one thing, the Yankees rarely ever deal this early in the season and they rarely deal with direct competitors too.
It’s hard to see them doing both at once and until David Aardsma proves himself as a capable setup man the Yankees don’t actually have a ton of depth in their bullpen. That could change and perhaps a deal will be possible closer to July though.
Or perhaps the Rangers are merely scouting Joba this season with the hopes of making a play for him this offseason when he’s a free agent. Joba recently expressed a desire to go back to starting which pretty much means this will be his final year in Pinstripes as both Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi have made it obvious that the Yankees have given up on that.
I might be in favor of a trading Joba at the deadline since he is just a middle reliever and they are not worth a whole lot. If another arm or two emerges, like Aardsma or even Shawn Kelley or Mark Montgomery, then Joba becomes expendable. But, like I said, I can’t see a deal anytime soon and the Rangers might just be trying to figure out if they are going to go strong after free agent Joba during the offseason.
• Brennan Boesch and David Cooper were cut by the Tigers and Blue Jays respectively and the Yankees will look into both, but it doesn’t sound like they’ll be picking up either. Boesch is coming off a pathetic season though and Cooper is dealing with injuries that will likely make him useless until 2014.
• The Yankees are down to 51 players in camp after a round of cuts: Adam Warren, Corban Joseph, and Zoilo Almonte. These guys all had an outside chance to make the team out of Spring Training, but no more.
• Dellin Betances was already cut, but apparently he’s working on new mechanics this spring. Hopefully it works out because he’s on the verge of being irrelevant after being one of the top prospects in the organization.