The Rangers are trying to engage clubs in trade talks for a setup reliever. Most clubs that have relief pitching to trade appear to be holding back until the last minute before pulling the trigger.
1. They are asking too much. Clubs that need relief pitching are still balking at given up Martin Perez-level prospects. They are waiting for the price to go down while the sellers are waiting for somebody to get desperate.
2. A club doesn’t to make a trade now for a mid-level prospect and find that they could have acquired a top level prospect on Sunday.
So everybody is waiting during what appears to be a sluggish market.
The Rangers know that Carlos Beltran can be acquired before Sunday. They like the impact bat. But they are expressing surprise that they are the front-runners and still think he will stay in the National League.
The Rangers want relief help. They also want Neftali Feliz to get his act together. The problem still seems to be too much reliance on his fastball.
Feliz threw 26 pitches on Tuesday night while giving up two run in the ninth inning. Of those 26 pitches, 23 were fastballs. He threw seven straight fastballs to Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
Feliz throws his fastball 82.1 percent of the time. That’s the eighth highest ratio of one pitch thrown among Major League pitchers who have thrown at least 500 pitches this year.
R.A. Dickey throws his knuckleball only 76.2 percent of the time.