What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Last sentence: When Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and possibly CC Sabathia become available this offseason, you could hardly blame the Rangers if they tapped into that $80 million a year a little early, and punched prudence in the face.
Bill Simmon's sucks. Most AP English 9th graders could write better than the trash he puts out these days. But damn, he has some good writers on Grantland.
This is not a bad article. I never thought the Sox network netted so little. They would be better off without the network.I have fears about this deal being too long and not enough money on the back end. Hopefully there are some triggers that allow renegotiation by the Rangers. The downside of that is those triggers would have a cost, like if the Rangers continue to draw less TV viewers than a Cowboys preseason game Fox can renegotiate.I understand Cable doesn't work that way exactly but viewers does matter at some point. DFW will be the number 3 market soon behind only LA and NY I just hope this deal compensates the Rangers as the highest market and they only have one team.
Your points always have validity. I am sorry you get beat up over the A & M deal. It's a no win. The guys I love on here were Aggies long before I knew they were. As a TCU boy, I don't even care. They are educated and know their baseball. When it comes to Aggie football, bro? Shhhh!
Otherwise, I like your Ranger stuff, whether I agree or disagree, you bring good stuff. And you can debate like a man, not a child. Thanks, bro!
Hey Ricky no biggie the A&M deal is just fun, those guys on there I consider dcaggie06 and Caleb good guys, they are just easy targets to jab on Aggie football.
Ricky - good stuff, as usual.
mhilgtx - Thanks and ditto. Frankly, we Ag football fans ARE easy targets; the team has outright sucked for the better part of the last 15 years! But, as they say - hope springs eternal...Also, never forget (as dcaggie alluded to) that true Ags align themselves with you okies on one very important thing - we both despise those fruitcakes from Austin...
Now to this notion of Prince/Pujols/CC signing with the Rangers - all fantasy. That would go directly against the entire organizational philosophy that JD has worked so hard to implement over the past 4+ years. For instance, If the Rangers (and us fans) are even remotely skittish about signing CJ for 5 years and $100MM+, how in the hell can you justify giving CC another 6 or 7 year deal worth $140MM+??
The idea is ludicrous - I realize they are not the same caliber of pitcher, but CC has a ton of mileage on that left arm and I would be deathly afraid that it would come flying off in year 3 of that contract...
As far as Prince - same issue that has always been there with him - are you going to give the fat guy a pile of money and sign him through his mid to late thirties? For those of you that remember Prince's dad (Cecil Fielder), I am going to go out on a limb and guess that Prince is not going to age gracefully...I will never forget the image of Cecil playing in the late 90's, toward the end of his career - not too pretty...
Pujols - His contract will be the second-coming of the atrocious 2007 A-Rod deal that the Yankees doled out. Something along the lines of ten years and 1/4 BILLION dollars to take the guy to his age 40 season...no thanks...
Caleb - I agree, bro. We got to this point by living by our philosophy. Breaking from that makes no sense. Sometmes these writers are like "shock jocks", saying what will get the most attention. That, or throwing stuff at the wall, and if it sticks? They'll take the credit for it. That's why I love Newberg. Always the facts. But I digress. On the topic of C.J. - My original thought was 5 / $75M. Then Weaver takes hs deal 5 / $85M. I think I'd be willing to go 5 / $90M with C.J. for the following reasons. First, he has shown Ace like stuff, flirted with perfection, and basically been consistent and consistently getting better. And this in only his second year as a FT starter. Which brings me to my second reason. His arm has far fewer pitch mileage on it than any other pitcher his age. Fewer even than many younger starters. The phrase I heard the other day ws "He is the youngest 31 YO free-agent pitcher in history". Paraphrasing, but you get the gist. I hope he stays. Holland is gonna be somethig special. Fill the remaining spots with the best of whoever else on this team, on the farm, or in FA, and we will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
Meant to say 5 / $90M plus. Also, Caleb, what do you think about getting Adam Wainwright? He is a FA, but St. Louis has an option on him for 2012. He is coming off of TJS, but I'd wager he returns as previously advertised.
I like CJ @ 5/$90MM - would even be willing to give him a 6th option year (some sort of vested option).
As far as Wainwright - I am in on that, as long as it is a Brandon Webb-like contract structure. Though, I would like to have an option on there to keep him for a second year if he produces (a vesting option might work well for both parties here as well).
If there is one thing that cannot be stated enough in MLB it is that there is no such thing as too much pitching depth.
You guys are 100% correct on signing Prince or Pujols. They would be long term drains on the team. It would have made since to sign Lee last year, however the Rangers gambled correctly on that deal. They will do the same on these deals as well.
"If there is one thing that cannot be stated enough in MLB it is that there is no such thing as too much pitching depth."
Brilliant as always, Caleb. I have to think JD has the same idea. Even after trading for 2 good relievers to make our bullpen formidable, he traded for yet another. And we may need all of them.
@mhilgtx: Agree on this as well. While I would love to HAVE Prince or Pujols on our team, I don't necessarily think it's a good idea to pay what it's going to TAKE to have them on our team. Pujols is having his worst year yet (but still not a bad one, really), and he could certainly regain his previous form. Prince looks like a liability waiting to happen, but as Marco pointed out recently, he seems to be a lot healthier than he looks. And he hits very well. That said, as much as it would cost to acquire them, I think our money is probably better spent elsewhere...because who knows when that could change? People get hurt more when they get older.
The same goes for C.C. If he opts out, he will likewise tie up a ton of money for whomever signs him, Yankees or otherwise. Any contract will carry risk, especially a large, career-defining contract like C.J., C.C., Prince, and Pujols could land this year (yes, C.C. already had one, but he could have another). Of all those, I think the least likely to sustain serious injury is C.J.
Would I blame the Rangers if they signed any of those guys? Of course not. The feeling I get from our current leadership indicates prudence, not frivolous, lavish contracts like Hicks handed out (see A-Rod, Tex). I think they'll do their homework, and check it twice, before making a deal of such grand proportions. That is, if they can afford to, and want to.
I have a ton of faith in our FO. If they decide to sign someone for $20m/yr, they won't do so lightly.
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