What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Two that I want to comment on. First, I think it's unfair to question Elvis because he only had one XBH and 1 RBI in the postseason. It's hard to get either of those when the manager has you bunt every single time you're at the plate. Elvis got some rallies going in the postseason and had some clutch hits in other rallies (WS Game 2). I have very few concerns about Elvis other than stopping some of the boneheaded plays he had this year - but the positives far outweigh the negatives.
The other item is Gentry. I kinda agree with Sullivan's take on this one. We have Martin, but I don't think starting out with a platoon in CF is a bad idea. Gentry needs more PAs.
I agree, Dan. As for the Elvis deal, it goes back to bad game management I alluded to. Plus, argue all you want, but this line-up has not been condusive to their true talent and ability. Wash's stubborness to juggle that line-up flat pissed me off. Elvis at #2 and asked to bunt 80% of the time? C'mon man!I respect that we made it to the WS again. What I have a problem with is game management and stubborness to make adjustments. We were by far the better team in this WS, yet we lost. Wash always wants to take the blame? Well, he gets it here in my book.
Some idiot on there thinks the Rangers won't get back for several years. As I recall, a lot of people thought that this year, and we did better than we did last year. It won't be easy, and the Angels will probably be better, since they must have an endless supply of cash if they traded for Vernon Wells, easily the least cost-efficient contract in baseball...if they hire a GM with a brain (here's hoping they don't). I confess, even I was a bit skeptical of repeating our 2010 success, given the failure to sign Lee. And I ate a lot of crow, because instead we got the best 3B in baseball and the most underrated catcher and batter...and we did do better.
No, it won't be easy. But writing the Rangers off as a non-contender is a mistake I don't think many people will make again.
Let's just assume J.D. makes two moves that are of similar impact as those two. That alone, be it at Pitching and OF, makes us an automatic favorite, as if we're not already.
Going back to one of the post I thought was baseless initially, yet gained weight with every C.J. outing, how much $ did he cost himself this post season?
No idea. Depends on who he signs with us. This is me just pulling a number out, but if I had to guess, our guys took about $1m/yr off, which might, say, turn $80m/5 into $75m/5. Some teams might not have taken any off, because they'd love for a guy like C.J. to join their team at any cost.
The Angels will pay top dollar for him. I know there is a mint in Bluemound printing money. Apparently there is one in the basement of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Stockon of Irvine's stadium.
I think the Angels will sign CJ as revenge for the fact we "stole" (in a weird sort of way) Napoli this past season. CJ will then be on the west coast. I've heard he doesn't want to play for the Angels. Whatever. He'll sign if they throw money at him and I think they will.
I also think the Rangers win the west in 2012. We're only going to get better. With the Rangers today they don't win....they simply re-load for next year and in 2012 I think the Rangers take the ALCS again.
CJ signing with the Angels wouldn't be ideal. Even if we don't want to pay him as much as he wants, he's still a good pitcher and a rotation of Weaver-Haren-Wilson-Santana-Bag of Balls won't be easy to hit.
I wonder if LAA will let us "steal" Morales or Trumbo away this offseason. That would be nice of them.
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