The Texas Rangers are ready to move ace pitcher Yu Darvish. All it will take is someone to meet their asking price. Sources told ESPN that Rangers general manager Jon Daniels began calling potential suitors Monday and telling them the team is open to trading Darvish for the "right deal." If no team offers a return package to the Rangers' liking, Daniels has informed clubs that Texas will hold on to Darvish and continue to make a push in the American League wild-card race. The latest development appears to be the Rangers' most declarative statement yet on Darvish, who instantly becomes the prize catch of the trade deadline. After 4 p.m. ET next Monday, trades become considerably more challenging
Keith Law ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior baseball analyst for Insider Was special asst. to Blue Jays GM Wrote for Baseball Prospectus Follow on Twitter The signing deadline for this year's drafted players has passed, with few surprises. Only one player (Tampa Bay Rays pick Drew Rasmussen of Oregon State) drafted on Day 1 failed to sign, and I've already reordered the top 50 prospects in the minors earlier in the month. We've also seen a few major trades involving top prospects as the White Sox and A's continue their rebuilding efforts. Here now is a very temporary ranking of the five strongest farm systems in baseball, subject to change even in the next week as we approach the trade deadline.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos was removed from Monday's game after a scary incident when a broken bat struck his helmet. In the fifth inning of the game against the Baltimore Orioles, the barrel of Ruben Tejada's bat shattered on his backswing and broke off to hit Ramos in the forehead. The force of the bat pushed the catchers helmet into his head, causing a laceration. Ramos needed six staples to close the cut. No additional information was released of the incident. Jesus Sucre took over the catching duties.