Melvin talks rumors and more

Manager Bob Melvin met with media at the Winter Meetings in Dallas on Monday evening, fielding a variety of questions that touched upon his roster and coaching staff, along with the rumors surrounding his club. Certainly there have been plenty, notably in regards to All-Star pitchers Andrew Bailey and Trevor Cahill.

“I start to twitch a bit when you hear that,” Melvin said. “In our market and the way we have to do business, you can’t say that nobody’s untouchable. You have to be open to the fact that if you can improve your club, whether it’s short-term or long-term, you have to look at all those options. We have a lot of pitching. Whenever you have a lot of something, you know that there’s going to be a lot of interest in that. It’s only natural that there is a lot of gossip going on as far as our pitching.”

On managing a team with an unclear future: “You have to concentrate on the players that you have here. I like the guys that we have. Certainly we have a lot of pitching, and when you have a lot of pitching, you know it’s going to keep you in games. We’ll see how it all comes out come Spring Training.”

On the stadium situation: “If you’re part of it for as many years as Billy has been, certainly it gets frustrating. A lot’s been written and we’re getting to a point now where it seems like maybe a decision is looming sooner than later, I can see where there would be some frustration in not knowing when you’re trying to put together your team and not in the biggest market in the world to start with. And having some of those questions out there that do pertain to what you’re trying to do, it can be frustrating.”

On the possibility of Michael Taylor being ready to step into an everyday role: “I don’t think you’re going to find out what you need to find out about a player like that unless you do give him the opportunity. A lot of times you hear Spring Training not being the ideal place to do that. Well, that’s just the position that we’re in. This Spring Training, sitting where we are right now, we’re going to have to do a lot of evaluating.”

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