Texas Rangers GM Jon Daniels would not still be around if he didn't have more hits than he does misses, which allows him to talk about the trade of Chris Davis to Baltimore without kicking himself too hard.
Since I did ask him about that trade, I also wanted to make sure to give him the chance to talk about the deals he nailed. I was sure he would say the trade of Mark Teixeira to the Atlanta Braves in the summer of 2007 that netted Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison.
"I think actually it wasn't that but the whole summer of 2010," Daniels told me. "That was the first chance we had to win. We went out and got the right fits for the team that year. (Catcher) Bengi Molina was the perfect fit at the right time. (Utility player) Jeff Francoeur was a good fit for what we needed.
"That was such a fun summer for me. We were in bankruptcy at the time and we had ownership changes and no expectations but we were still able to get an ace (Cliff Lee). We got (catcher) Matt Treanor in spring training. We got Vlad Guerrero then. We brought Colby Lewis back from Japan. We hit a lot of moves that year. Putting that club together was the thing I was the most proud of."
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