Beltre, Pettitte, Webb, Young
From the Rangers press conference…
* Club officials are not particularly optimistic that something will get down with third baseman Adrian Beltre. That deal seems unlikely give the tenor of feeling on Monday but things could change.
* The Rangers have sounded out Michael Young about a possible position change. Young was not receptive to the idea. Young has not spoken to the media this winter but has told the Rangers he’s not interested in moving off third base.
* The Rangers were interested in free agent pitcher Andy Pettitte and reached out to him this winter. The Rangers were told that Pettitte will either retire or go back to the Yankees. He will likely make a decision in February but if he pitches again, it will be with the Yankees. He made it clear he wants to retire as a Yankee.
* Brandon Webb said he expects to be 100 percent by the beginning of Spring Training and do everything the other pitchers are doing. The Rangers expect him ready by Opening Day but will not push him. They also acknowledge that, after not pitching for two years because of a shoulder injury, it might be that he starts off the season slow and gets stronger as the year goes on.