Texas continues to troll for a center fielder, a search that currently winds from free agent Mike Cameron through Los Angeles and Cincinnati. The Rangers apparently like the outfielder the Dodgers are trying to move — Juan Pierre — but only if he brings along a significant portion of the $26.5 million remaining on his contract. Discussions with the Reds involve Josh Hamilton, but include a price (Edinson Volquez) the Rangers may not want to meet.

Did Volquez have some injury issue in ’07? He started the year in A+ and finished in the majors.

UPDATE 6:45 PM Friday: Per the Official site, Hamilton has been traded to Dallas for two young pitchers, right-hander Edinson Volquez and left-hander Danny Herrera.

The hard-throwing, 24-year-old Volquez fanned 166 batters while going 14-6 at three Minor League stops last season.

Herrera, 23, appeared in seven games for Class A Bakersfield and 34 games for Double-A Frisco. All of his appearances for Frisco were in relief, and he allowed 43 hits and struck out 64 in 52 1/3 innings.

Questions to ponder:

  • Was Krivsky right to trade Hamilton at his peak?
  • Did he get enough in return?
  • Does this mean Jay Bruce starts the season in CF, or does this clear a path for Freel/Hopper?
  • John Sickels liked Volquez, but questioned whether the Rangers could develop him. Are the Reds any better-equipped?
  • What does this mean about the apparent “win now” mandate?
  • Does Volquez get packaged up for Bedard?