You never know about these things when it comes to rumor season, but listen up folks. From T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, this doozy of an offer:
The Rangers made a run at Marlins pitcher Josh Johnson. At one point they were willing to trade Justin Smoak and Neftali Feliz. The Marlins weren’t interested in that one.
Hat tip MLBTR.
I don’t know what to say. Neftali Feliz showed that he was legit last year coming out of the bullpen, and if he can develop a third pitch for the major leagues, he should be a monster. Justin Smoak is the Texas Rangers’ best hitting prospect, and I’ve heard nothing but good things about him. As of Baseball America’s last top 100 (prior to this season), Smoak was the 23rd highest ranked prospect in baseball, and Feliz was the tenth. The Marlins said NO.
This would be an absurd package for any player. If we added some arbitration eligible and attractive players, we could have gotten the two best prospects in the Rangers system, considered the best in baseball, and a few more fringe players likely. And the Marlins said NO.
It’s all speculation of course, but if this is true, I’d wonder if we passed up a pretty big opportunity.