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New ownership has shown a willingness to add to their payroll this season, and we can expect that to continue going forward.
The Rangers' priority this winter will be to re-sign staff ace C.J. Wilson, but there are quite a few scenarios that would allow them to bring in Pujols as well.
For one, Josh Hamilton has proven that he can't stay healthy, averaging only 115 games per season since 2009. Hamilton is only one year younger than Pujols, and he'll be making $15.5 million next season before becoming a free agent. The Rangers' smartest move would be to let him walk.
As hard as it may be to imagine the numbers Pujols could put up in Texas' ballpark, it's definitely a real possibility.
Not to be a dick, but I really wish we could table all of the off-season talk while we are in the middle of the playoffs. I'm locked in right now to the ALCS and the crazy idea that my team is 1 win away from a return to the World Freaking Series. The offseaon will come soon enough...
There is 1 and only 1 correct answer to this question, and that is that it depends on what you would have to pay Pujols and also on what you got back for Hamilton. Get a TORP back and get Pujols at a reasonable rate? Hell yes. Get a pair of good-not-great players back and give Pujols 8/$200m? Hell no. All in all, unlikely, but what I love about GMJD is that he has an iron in every fire, and will always make at least 1 surprising move every offseason.
If we decide we're willing to shell out $20m+ a year for a first baseman, I'd rather have Pujols than Prince. But if it's true that he's seeking a contract of A-Rod-esque proportions, I don't see us going for it. As much of a nightmare as he would provide alongside the rest of our offense (how would you arrange the batting order?!), it seems unlikely. Five percent is probably pretty close to where I'd put the odds.
If St. Louis makes it to the World Series, I have to think they'll want to lock him up just like we want to with Wilson.
If you believe Pujols is 31 years old, then I have some ocean front property to sell you in Arizona.
@Eddie in Waco: you think he was one of those guys that lie about their age so they can sign for more money? Like Leo Nunez or whatever his real name is?
Even Bill Simmons brought up Pujols' age the other day on podcast. Take 31 and add 4.
Also not to be a dick, the day that any of the Bleacher Report writers actually get something right - or well written - will be the day the sun doesn't rise.
I'm with Adam. Rangers are in the most exciting part of their entire history....and you guys want to debate potential off-season moves? There'll be plenty of time for that AFTER the World Series.
What Adam said. Seems like what we have here are fans of fantasy baseball rather than real baseball. They want to look at a team on paper more than actually watch and talk about the actual games that are being played. That's weird.
We live in a weird time.
It's also weird that his name is pronounced "poo holes." LOL
Aggie E - Not sure where you get your #'s, but he is due to make $13.75M next year. Had he not been told to run home on a bone headed call by the 3B coach, he'd have been healthy all year. You really want to trade a fan favorite and reigning MVP and bring in another A-Rod salary? How'd that work out last time? You subtract any key figure on this team, and the "cost" is immeasurable. I don't subtract from this clubhouse. And I don't make any foolish moves that prevent us from keeping this nucleus in tact. Like the guys said, enjoy what is going on now. Dabble in fantasy dealings after.
I'll throw in my 2 cents...do you guys realize we will have almost the exact same roster next year that we currently have, if not the exact if we resign CJ. Obviously some guys will get raises but it's pretty amazing the clubhouse will be intact. Do you honestly believe JD would trade any of our major pieces that could discrupt the chemistry given another pennant run? Answer: You must be crazy.
The trades that may happen will include minor players and the farm if any happen at all.
The only thing I expect is CJ resigns and Yu "The Rising Sun" Darvish signs. Pujols is too old and will make too much money. Prince is a cocky jackass who wouldn't fit in the clubhouse. I personally see Big Papi being signed to DH for half the salary on a 1 to 2 year deal with MY taking over the 1B duties given Morelands struggles. His personality fits and he has a great history with Beltre when they were killing it 2 years ago.
We do not need Ortiz here, no offense to him. I like it when my roster is flexible enough that the "regular" DH can play positions whenever needed. I don't see Ortiz playing the field.
Good stuff, Stefan. Does Boston really let a fan favorite walk? They'll spend the money. At least have shown to do so in the past. Ortiz makes $12.5M now. He'd need to take less than half of that to just DH here. But I do like him and he is a good clubhouse guy.
True to both of your points. Only reason I thought of him was the ESPN story today. I doubt we sign him. I haven't even started to look at future free agents or any of that stuff because of the pennant run and thinking the clubhouse consistency will trump any big moves other than Darvish. The increases via arbitration will be huge. I think I heard we have the most amount of players in arbitration this year. I wouldn't mind standing pat, resigning CJ and making an attempt for Darvish.
I don't think any of us would be surprised to see a huge splash/ trade though. But as I said before, there's no chance that includes any big players currently on the roster. They're having way too much fun out there.
I would agree 100% with that, Stefan.
Josh is even more valuable to Texas as a left handed batter in a right heavy lineup.
Ask yourself... who is worth more... Hamilton or Papi? Please!
I have a dumb baseball question regarding Ty's point of this being a RH-heavy lineup: With Ian, Elvis, MY, Beltre, Napoli, Cruz, Gentry, and Torrealba all batting RH, why is it everyone (local media) screams that this team needs another RH bat? I even heard Galloway back at the trade deadline say we didn't need Berkman because he was better from the left side, so he was no use here. Call me crazy, but lefties who can hit should be quite valuable at RBiA.
Their point was not a RH hitter, but a RH OF. Josh is LH, Martin LH, Chavez LH, Murphy is LH.. I think they want a RH CF who can do the job. To me? I give it to Gentry to lose.
As soon as "fan favorite" enters your argument, you prove that you essentially have no argument. Winning team = fans in the seats (unless you are in Tampa).
Who cares if Josh is a fan favorite? If you can flip him for a Josh Johnson type, deal will be done yesterday.
Josh Johnson? Talking about players that can't stay healhty. That is just crazy talk right there.
Keep Moreland. He'll blossom. Now, let's get back to talking ALCS.
I have a love and hate "relationship" with Hamilton Josh (not Kinsler) has "the worst body language in baseball" I watch him swinging in the dirt like he don't care and I hate him, I watch him and he hits a very important double, and I hate myself to doubt him.So if we go parallel with your question and my feelings about Hamilton and Pujols, I say: gime me Hamilton and the next minute, gime me Pujols.
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