With Alexi Ogando in the starting rotation, Robbie Ross possibly following suit, Mike Adams and Koji Uehara both gone and a whole bunch of uncertainty in front of closer Joe Nathan, the Texas Rangers might still be on the lookout for additional bullpen hands, especially while they wait for newly acquired set-up man Joakim Soria to get healthy, and later Neftali Feliz.
One place they're looking? The hated Evil Empire.
Turns out, Don Welke, a special assistant to Rangers GM Jon Daniels, has been in Florida watching some Grapefruit League baseball, and it's not just for the fun of it. I mean, who really wants to spend time in Florida? And who wants to watch the Yankees?
According to the New York Post, Welke has been scouting Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain, who was once touted as one of the up-and-coming young starters in baseball but fell out of favor and instead because an average reliever who can be really good at times.
Chamberlain has been in and out of favor with the Yankees, who could be interested in shopping him, especially if he is disgruntled about now being in the team's starting rotation.
Chamberlain has been decent this spring in five outings, working five innings, giving up four hits, walking two and striking out three.