Rockies in search of a leader

The Rangers are looking to the future and would like some young, live arms in exchange for Alfonso Soriano.

Updated: February 27, 2004, 10:40 AM ET
By Jim Baker | MLB Insider
Soriano to Mets: still alive?
The Mets decided not to mortgage their future and trade Jose Reyes for Alfonso Soriano, late of the Yankees and currently of the Rangers. Not that part of their future, at least. John Harper of the New York Daily News writes that the Rangers would still like to deal Soriano to the Mets, but are more interested in young pitching this time around.

Alfonso Soriano
Alfonso Soriano might be headed back to New York.
How bad has the Rangers pitching been over the last four seasons? Let's forget team ERA for a moment and focus on this: have the Rangers even been able to find anybody they even want pitching for them for any length of time? No, they haven't. In order to qualify for the league ERA title, a pitcher must throw at least one inning for every game his team has played. From 2000 to 2003, these are the teams with the least number of pitchers who qualified for the ERA title:

Texas Rangers: 6
Kansas City Royals: 7
Tampa Bay Devil Rays: 7
Cincinnati Reds: 7

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