What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
In reading Jeff Passan's recent article about outspoken MLB players in which he references the LSB incident from 2008, I have begun to wonder how it must feel for C.J. to play/pitch in front of #1 Ranger fan G.W. Bush. Does anyone think that would affect his decision to stay or not in Texas? He's not just a "ballplayer." I believe those kinds of things he thinks about. It doesn't seem like Texas is a good fit for him in a lot of ways other than money and climate. If he hasn't already, I'm sure he's been itching to give our ex-pres a piece of his mind.
that would be the most asinine reason to not play for a team i've ever heard of. The white sox and nationals might as well boycott the next 2 years possibly more cuz the o-bomb wore a white sox cap while doing the first pitch at a nationals game. hey gilbert arenas got "change we can believe in" tatted on his fingers.... where is he now. Athletes like celebrities need to stay away from politics unless youre Jim F***in Brown, Karl Malone, or Curt Schilling. I hate michael strahan but during his last season (election year) he was asked who he was voting for; his answer "i refuse to answer that question, I dont want my personal opinion to influence somebody else's opinion due to my stardom. ppl need to make their decisions and make the decision thats best for them. Not because Michael Strahan says so. kudos to you Michael.
CJ has said over and over on twitter that he didn't vote for Obama.
i see cj as a nader guy......
Now that he's not Prez, seeing W makes me less nauscious. The damage is already done.
legalize it; my only platform.
It'd be funny if C.J. was all up behind Ron Paul or something.
But, yeah, I can't fathom his political leanings or the presence of certain political figures being a meaningful part of his decision-making process.
funny you bring that up. i was thinking that my self. CJ just walking out with a Ron Paul for prez shirt. Straight Edge is a semi libertarian way of life any way.... so it definately fits. i'd just be surprised as all hell if he rolled out with a Rick Perry for prez shirt..... then i might really like our chances of him resigning..... or wait... maybe going to the nationals.... ahhhhhh
With 4 SPs locked up, and Perez and others on the way, Texas may decide to let CJ walk anyway.
Resigning CJ is not sensible, really, at $100m. Even if we could go that high to get it done, it wouldn't make sense to do it.
As I've said before, I trust our FO to make the right decision. If they want him back, they'll do an evaluation and determine what's fair, and they'll offer it to him, like they did for Lee. I doubt we'll know much about the deal until the season's over, though.
I also doubt such concerns will enter into the decision-making process for CJ.
I'm also not sure how far Texas will go in an offer to him. I'm no sabermetrician, and don't pretend to understand all the advanced metrics. It does seem, however, that players perform better BEFORE they become free agents than AFTER they sign lucrative long-term deals. Are 2010-11 the ceiling for CJ, or does he still have potential to take next step to a dominant SP?
I have no idea. I do know whoever signs him will be paying him as if he's better than a 15-win guy. I'm just not sure that makes sense for the Rangers. As someone else noted....I'm sure they'll do their due diligence, determine a fair deal, make the offer and let the chips fall.
Aside from Wilson, there won't be any ace-type FA's available this offseason so unless we pull off a major trade, we'll have to look in-house for a replacement.
Does anyone think the development of Harrison plus M. Perez almost being ready will play a large factor in deciding whether to try and re-sign Wilson? Maybe Harrison could take on a larger role in the rotation (say #2 starter), and we'd have another lefty Perez fighting it out with Ramirez, and Feliz for the bottom two spots. With Feliz in the rotation, Scheppers could probably move into the pen giving us a nice complement of RH'ed strikeout guys in Lowe, Schep, Uehara, and Adams.
Meant "Perez fighting it out w/Ramirez and Feliz for the last spot."
I think this is for sure a part of their thinking. Also, I suspect that they expect Ogando to be more durable next season, going deeper into games and needing to be skipped/pushed back fewer times.
As for Feliz, Perez, and Ramirez, I believe Feliz will be more-or-less handed the #5 job next year, with Perez and Ramirez getting their feet wet as September callups and competing with one another to replace Lewis in 2013.
Harrison and Holland give you 2 lefties for several years going forward, so I'm not sure there is any pressing need for CJ to be replaced by a lefty in 2012.
They may not have a set plan, but a series of scenarios. They better plan ahead. This is a shallow FA class for TORP, especially lefties. Yankees will be first in line and will screw up the market price yet again.
It's not so much about what keeping CJ means as it is where CJ goes if he doesn't sign here. Yankees? Sox? Angels? We MUST keep him if they are the contenders, especially if it's the Angels- in CA- what he calls "home." If he's thinking about NL ball, so that he's not facing a DH (his numbers could be better), and if he wants to hit (he likes hitting) then it's much less of an issue. Dogers likely can't pay and I don't think CJ would enjoy being No. 2 behind Kershaw. Would he consider Philly to make the most awesome starting rotation in the history of the world? Maybe, but they probs can't pay him. We quickly run short of big markets and big market money- the latter of which is going to happen. Perhaps more importantly, he wants to win. He wants to win the Classic- and then win some more. This club is set up to make a number of post season runs in the next 8-10 years, so he'll get his chance to win here. The Angels, by a lot of accounts are in decline and don't have a shining future ahead of them- though they may give us a run for the west this year. We'll be in the hunt, for sure. The known is always better than the unknown. (read that as Feliz has been underwhelming as a closer this year and he's unknown as a starter. I think there are good odds he'll be traded in the off season regardless.)
All that said, CJ's turn comes after October. Best case after November. The results there will have an impact- for CJ and the Rangers. Until such time, I look forward to CJ showing Cliff Lee the duck sign while standing on second base in our house.
@Ricky in Fort Worth: Indeed, the Yankees will almost certainly butt their way to the front of the line with their big fat checkbook in tow. In other news, grass is green, and the effectiveness of Ian Kinsler is hotly debated.
CJ's mouth + NY media pressure cooker + Yankees Stadium bandbox = The end of str8edge success
Did he just say Feliz would be traded in the off-season?
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