The Texas general manager said the Rangers went into the non-waiver stretch looking to make a big move instead of trying to just tinker with the lineup. Here's some of things he had to say at his press conference.
Overall approach: "There were certain paths we went down a little further than others, certain clubs we had a little more dialogue with than others. We got past the initial phases on a few things. Ultimately, in any of those deals, there was some stumbling block and an impasse was reached at some point where it didn't make sense for us."
On Roy Halladay: "It's not a secret he was one of the more attractive names that was out there. His club talked about him publically potentially being available and we certainly went down that path. There are 30 clubs in baseball that would love to have him. He fits in so many ways. At the end of the day, it wasn't meant to be. Just leave it at this, and not specific to Toronto, we were very aggressive. We were willing to put some very good players into deals. Players that otherwise typically we're not inerested in talking about because I do believe we have an opportunity to win and I do think those opportunities are special."
Did finanaces impact trade chances? "It all plays into it, in that situation and in others."
Did Holland's performace chance conversations? "Not internally. He's one of numerous players we were asked about pretty consistently with good reason. We didn't want to trade him six months ago, six weeks oago or 24 hours ago. I certainly don't want to do it now."
- Anthony Andro