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November 28, 2008

Rangers trade Littleton

Right-hander Wes Littleton, who was designated for assignment last week, has been traded to Boston for a player to be named later or cash considerations. General manager Jon Daniels said the deal might not be completed until Opening Day.

Littleton, 26, spent most of the 2008 season at Triple-A Oklahoma but made 12 appearances for the Rangers after being the last player sent down at the end of spring training. He was the Rangers' fourth-round pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.

-- Jeff Wilson

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Although I think Littleton is just another guy and nothing special, I'm surprised the Rangers protected Willie Eyre and let Littleton go. What has changed about Eyre that made him worth protecting?

Littleton was out of options. He didn't look especially good this year and it wasn't a health thing. He's a soft-tosser with an interesting delivery, and, in my opinion, once guys have seen it a couple of times, it becomes "nothing special" (see Willis, Dontrelle, and Ramirez, Erasmo).

I think Littleton will be decent for the Sox, who play in the East against teams that may not have seen Littleton. I see him as "one and done" with the Sox though.

Willie Eyre, on the otherhand, was undergoing Tommy John surgery (if memory serves), and, due to his extended absense, still has options left (correct me if I'm wrong). If a team pays a guy to have the surgery and to rehab, why cut him loose? Let's see what you have. If he has options, you can send him down; otherwise, cut him loose then. Give him a shot when he's healthy .

Also, I think the Rangers see Eyre as a longer reliever/spot starter, something we lost with Loe. Littleton was not that guy.

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