Rangers fans who were hoping Texas could have pulled off some trade with the New York Mets involving Gerald Laird and Lastings Milledge can forget about it. The Mets traded the young centerfielder for a catcher - it just wasn't Laird. Milledge was sent to Washington for catcher Brian Schneider and outfielder Ryan Church. Scheider his .235 with six homers and 54 RBI in 2007, numbers not much better than Laird's .224/9/47 in one fewer at-bat. Laird is also a better defensive catcher. But Church is coming off a career season (15 homers, 70 RBI) so he was much more than just a throw in.
- Anthony Andro