What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Let's say on the 11th of November this year you made the wish to become the Rangers GM and it actually happened. You are now in charge of the two time defending AL champs you just lost in the WS for the second year in a row to a inferior team in the WS what do you do this ofseason to make sure there is a parade in Arlington next year?
PS this is just for fun, simply a game please no bashing other peoples opinions or trolling. Thanks.
And this is not PS3 please make it realistic an if it is a stretch please give reasons for why you think itll happen.
I pursue Yu Darvish balls out. I make an effort to improve the OF with Cespedes. I let Murphy walk. I re-sign Mike Gonzales. I realize that Feliz is where he should be. I extend Josh now, if he is willing. I do not consider fat 1B men, Mitch will be fine. I trade Yorvit, and either bring in Pudge or bring up Taylor. Taylor is out of options, so he'd have to stay or clear waivers, which will never happen. I don't offer arb to Oliver. I take a strong look at Perez and Ramirez and Ross in ST. I let C.J. go. And at the end of the year? I hang a banner, which should have been hung here twice.
I would sign Buhrle, Pudge, Vizquel(if hes available) M. Gonzalez Try to get something for Yorvit, Murphy, Feldman and Teagarden. Rent Trainor to the Royals again.Keep M. Perez at AAA the whole year Feliz in the rotation all year, sign D. Holland to a 5 year deal, If its posible look for a trade parter for Cruz for a TORP maybe Texas and Atlanta hook up again.
Pass on CJ, Darvish, and Cespedes.Sign Pudge, let Yorvit walk (or try to get something for him, like maybe a setup man)Package a deal with Profar, Harrison/Cruz, and others within reason to get an ACE (depends on who is out there).Move Felix to the Rotation, Adams to closePass on Long term contract with Hambone (just too risky)Mitch will be fine at 1B
Firstly I'd sit down with Wilson and just be blunt with him. Listen we'll give you five for seventy five. 5 million bonus if you finish in the top five in Cy Young Voting and 10 million if you win. But we're your best chance. You need a good defense and we offer that. You've proven you can succeed here and you want to win. You sign with us and you'll have five chances to put a ring on your finger. Keep Torrealba, He's not gonna bring much in a trade and he was well above average offensively and defensively. Not to mention Pudge would not be a 60-70 game catcher, which is what we need. I'd sign Holland to a give year 50 million dollar extension. If he becomes even a shell of what I think he'll be that'll be a bargain. Resign M. Gonzalez to a two year eight million dollar year. Send a package of Tanenr Scheppers and Tommy Mendoca to the Brewers for Shaun Marcum and a low level lefty specialist. Keep Feliz at closer and give Feldman the chance to take a spot in the rotation. If you get Marcum you could go with a rotation of Wilson, Lewis, Marcum, Holland and Harrison and slot Ogando back into the bullpen. Oh and tell Gentry he showed me something last year and if he can show it to me again this spring he's my guy going into the season. Then MAYBE you trade Koji for a need you develop midseason.
Wow!!! Does anyone ever think when they make post on here??
I've previously mentioned attempting a votto/cueto trade with cincy, but some might deem that too PS3....
so here goes. I like brady's idea of having a sit down with CJ.... if Nolan does the sit down and not JD, he might be willing to listen and take the cut. I'd get with the remainder of my FO team and do a eval of Bos situation. You lose your GM and manager at the same time its hard to contend for a while. Granted its Boston we're talking about and they'll spend, if theyre gonna admit to rebuild mode i'd see if lester or beckett's on the table. Beckett's more likely, however if you can somehow pry lester for even involving Feliz and possibly Hambone.... i'd seriously contemplate it. I'd extend Colby 2-3 years. pitching hurt like he did w/o bitching says alot about his charcter... its Nolan to a T plus he's a legitimate playoff hoss. Never underestimate the power of veteran leadership in the rotation. I'd extend Mike Adams and Gonzalez I like what they bring to the table. If ChiSox are offering anyone i'd go after Floyd than Danks or even Burhle as a FA.... he's younger brings more upside and is getting better and better each year... look at his numbers. Extend Napoli.... but thats a given (if thats not the first thing on anyones list punch yourself in the testes lol). Koji, Teagarden, Olt, Moreland (gasp I said it) Feliz (omg I'm on drugs), Lowe all on the table. Call me greedy, and I wont dare fault Moreland's effort, but I think we really need a 1B that can really bring something to the table. Last time I checked isnt your 1B supposed to be one of your key power players? I know baseball's evolved, but i'm missing that. I dunno but just the exercise makes you appreciate JD even more, cuz all i wanna do is spend spend spend, and you gotta give a lot of cred to the FO in general for having the detrimate to be patient, evaluate well and not just pounce on any and everything offered their way or coming their way. Kudos-snickers flavor
I'm still thinking about whether or not I agree that St. Louis was an "inferior team."
I didn't include this cause I'm not sure how realistic it is but you could offer Villanueva, Scheppers and Engel Betlre for Gallardo. Stick with Moreland. That swing isn't really susceptible to being beaten by off-speed stuff. I think he's going to be really solid. Sit down with Moreland and let him know that. Nothing helps a player thrive like confidence
I like Brady's idea about Wilson, and giving him incentives. I've said before I think he'd respond well to them. Maybe give him a few million if he gets 20 wins or something. I seriously think he would step up to it. That said, part of me still thinks we should see if the Darvish thing is going to manifest, but I wouldn't wait too long. C.J. won't wait forever for us. And, for all the pros and cons that come with him, we know what C.J. is capable of and we have a good idea what he'll do. I really would like to see him back, but I'm also intrigued enough by Darvish to see if we can pursue that or not. If neither of those works out, I look to Buehrle.
Part of me wants to say forget the above and kick down doors in LA and SF, slam my fist on the desk, and demand to know what it'll take to get Kershaw and Lincecum. Then consider which of those 2 is more detrimental to our team and go with the other one. But I have a feeling that such a trade, if to be had at all, would likely include at least one piece that I really don't want to give up, in addition to one or more that I kinda don't want to give up. But the thought has crossed my mind. But I digress...
If none of the above works out, I give Holland, Harrison, Lewis, Ogando, Feldman, and Feliz shots at the rotation. If Feliz doesn't make it, make him the closer again. If one of the others doesn't, he goes to the BP for long relief and/or spot starts. If Feliz makes the rotation then I assume we make Adams the closer since Madson and Bell will likely be off the market by then. Then I pray that Holland will do the lights-out thing more, approaching #1 status, that Lewis maintains his current level of productivity, that Feldman regains his 2009 form, and that Harrison and Ogando make good steps forward. And pray that's enough.
I try to extend Josh. I don't think I'd offer him more than 5 years, and I'd rather offer him 4. I like Scooby's offer of something like 4/60, but as he said, Josh might want more than that. I think Josh would give us a bit of a hometown discount, but I don't know if he'll give us much of one. I honestly don't know what Josh is worth, but I really would like to see him here for a while.
I give Napoli a nice chunk of change for blowing way past our expectations, and other arbitration raises as appropriate (Joey did a good piece on this, and was, coincidentally or not, seconded by MLB Trade Rumors). I re-sign Mike Gonzalez.
If the pitching plan arrived at after all the "if that doesn't work" scenarios doesn't involve us spending a lot of cash I'd consider signing Pujols or Fielder, if it's not too late, but I fear it will be. In which case I sit down with Moreland and tell him it's do or die and remind him that we could have pursued one of the larger-than-life 1Bs but we didn't, and hope that he produces at the level we know he's capable of. We've seen how far he can hit the ball. We need him to step up. I don't expect him to become Pujols or Prince, at least not overnight, but I believe he can be a lot more productive offensively.
Then I pray it all works out.
I bet you St Louis doesnt make the play-offs next year WWJDD.
Yeah, my money's on the Astros to win the NL Central. It's probably their last year in the NL, after all. Doesn't matter if Prince and Pujols stay put; the Astros will take them all down.
In other news, the Dodgers have said they'll trade Kershaw for a bucket of baseballs and a bullpen car, if we can find one. Also, Bud Selig is stepping down and the HFA to the all-star game rule is being discarded.
Is this second string Andy?
Martin - but we're not talking about next year. I don't know - I thought that St. Louis had a pretty good team, and that the WS was about as evenly matched a series as I've ever seen.
You're rite they were a pretty good team this year but I still say the Rangers were a better All around team, the Cards had a few guys who were on fire and nutted up in big games(Carp)
CJ and Murphy and Ollie are gone. That's about $20 mill off the books to start with. Sign Napoli to a few more years.
Go balls out on Darvish. And I mean balls out. Have a price you won't go over, and make it high, but if somebody does top it, that means they way overpaid. Have no backup plan to sign a SP FA, they're not aces, and will put up production we can probably equal or near with inhouse people.
If Darvish doesn't sign, see below.
I'd make plans to say good bye when the time comes to both Josh and Nelly. long term contracts to fragile OFs in their 30s? no thank you. Tell Josh this year, if he wants a long term contract, it's contigent on transitioning to 1b. IF he takes it. start transitioning Mitch to corner OF. Don't trade him on an off year. If Prince Michael throws a fit about not enough PT at 1B, tell hiim "life's not fair, deal with it."
If Josh says no, either let him leave via free agency, or if we're out of it, trade him at the deadline for prospects. Same for Nelly.
IF Darvish doesn't sign, use the same $ to go for Fielder, who'll lessen the blow of Josh and Nelly leaving after next year. Moreland moves to the OF, and if Prince Michael doesn't like it, tell him to get a glove and shag fly balls, he's an OF now.
IN other words, it's balls out for a WS this year wit hDarvish hopefully, if not Fielder, and if neither sign and we're not going to make it in 2012, look to deal Josh and Nelly to playoff bound teams desperate for a big bat and suck up the best pieces of their farm system.
No CJ, NO Josh, No Nelly leaves us with a ton of cash to go after 2013 FAs.
I'd keep CJ. Make a run on Darvish. Sign Prince Fielder. Mark Buerhle needs to come here if (IF) CJ leaves (and I think CJ is going to leave).
IF our pitching is weakened for one season then our offense better be better for one season.
Hire Jon Daniels back and step into an assistant role.
@Tex: why do you want to kick all our guys to the curb and go after tons of FAs? This is not the Marlins. I realize you can't keep the same team intact year after year, but if we did that every time a player became a FA because he got a little more expensive our whole team would turn over in just a few years. I like our team too much to do that. We have a championship caliber team. Turning over 3 or 4 crucial pieces of that team every year, just so we can sign 1 or 2 big names a year, isn't going to guarantee us a championship any more - if anything, I'd say it'll hurt our chances.
Let's say that Josh and Nelly were FAs right now. With the cash you'd spend on both of them, you could afford Prince. Is Prince really worth having over both Josh and Nelly? I'm inclined to say no. If you add Napoli to the list of hypothetical FAs, and didn't re-sign him either, you'd have enough to pick up Pujols. Would you rather have Pujols than Josh, Nelly, and Napoli?
I like the fact that our team works because we don't have many guys that really, really stand out, like, say, Pujols. We have a lot of really great guys. But you take away 2 or 3 of them to add 1 that's a little better than each of them, and suddenly your lineup starts looking really pitiful with 1 or 2 big bumps.
Our lineup all the way through is one of the scariest in baseball. Our pitching is solid but probably not fear-inducing. As we saw with A-Rod, getting the 1 best guy in baseball isn't going to win you a WS. He needs a team around him. If we dump that team every couple of years to get 1 or 2 hot shots, we'd end up with a team of 3-4 superstars and a bunch of struggling wannabes or washed-up retreads. That will not win you a WS. Superstars get the job done more often, but not so much that they'll take you there by themselves. Imagine for a second the Astros of this year signed Pujols. How many more games do you think they'd win next year just by having him? 10? 15? Probably not. And even if they did, they'd still suck.
Sorry for ranting, but I'm tired of people saying things that sound like, every year they want to dump some guys and buy superstars. That's what the Yankees do. And tons of people hate them for it. The Rangers have proven in the last couple years that you can build a solid core of a team and maybe change a couple pieces a year and still make it to the WS. I don't want a fire sale. I want our guys to win it, not 25 guys we hired for a year. That's lame and, really, doesn't strike me as a real championship at all.
End of rant...for now.
1. I extend Napoli2. I sit down with CJ and offer him 3x36 and if he wins more than 2 games in any postseasean extend it to 4 years.3. I Hire a new assitant coach that is a SABER guy and in game strategy guy.4. I extend Hamilton5. I post and get Yu Darvish6. I tell feliz to get his shit together or get gone7. I spend 20 million on installing A/C and misting systems in BPIA8. I file suit again Tom Hicks and wrest control of the parking from him.9. I raise ticket prices at least 5% this year and another 5% next year, I increase premier games (opening weekend, 4th of Juy etc) at least $10 each.10. If the Fox deal is 1.6 billion I try to renegotiate it.11. I extend Kinsler if possible12. I make an "oh shit" tape of Beltre and release it for sale to make millions13.I let Murphy walk or resign for less money14. I Keep Yorvit15. Institute a ban on visits to Venezuela unless club approves security.I am sure there are many many more.
I'll throw my 2 cents in here about this subject, if it's worth that much...
I've made several comments regarding signing Fielder, but as much as I'd like to see him in Arlington, I just can't see how that massive salary fits into current payroll. So he's not part of my plan. Neither is Darvish. Too much risk based on history of Far East pitchers. Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it. CJ is seeking more than I believe he is worth, so he's not part of the plan either.
I like the idea of signing Buehrle, especially if he'll sign for the reported 4/$64 million. He's a legitimate, top of the rotation guy, and much more dependable than CJ in my opinion. You know what you're getting with Buehrle. With the Rangers offense supporting him, 20 wins is easily reachable. His personality and work ethic will also fit in well with the current group of Rangers. For the rest of the rotation, I'd have Lewis, Holland, Harrison, and Ogando following Buehrle. However, if medical reports on Oswalt are encouraging, having him in the rotation is intriguing. Ogando could reprise the 7th inning role he had in the playoffs, and that could really help close the door on many games--Ogando, followed by Adams in the 8th and Feliz closing. The rest of the bullpen would be comprised of Tateyama, Uehara, Lowe, Feldman, and Gonzalez(re-signed for 2/$8 million, with a 3rd year option).
Very few changes would take place elsewhere. Murphy would be allowed to walk. Gentry takes over in CF full time unless Borbon or perhaps Martin blows everyone away in spring training. So the outfield could consist of Hamilton, Cruz, and a Gentry/Borbon combo. That said, I see no harm in signing Sizemore to a low risk deal and seeing what he can contribute, if anything.
Moreland gets a chance to show what he can do at 1B for another year. Young will spell Kinsler, Andrus, and Beltre at times. Napoli will be able to get some time at DH and 1B when Torrealba catches. Clint Barmes or Omar Vizquel would be servicable backup infielders, and Andrus could certainly benefit from another year of being around Vizquel.
A contract extension should be discussed with Hamilton, maybe offer 4/$68 million. Napoli will get a healthy raise with arbitration, but there shouldn't be any talk of an extension unless he shows 2011 was not just a fluke. Signing him to a 3-4 year contract this offseason would be a major mistake, just based on 1 productive year. Cruz needs to show he can stay healthy before talk of a contract extension takes place also.
So without Oswalt or Sizemore, I believe that makes my roster 25 playes at around $120 million, based on committed salaries and the arbitration figures as mentioned by Joey. The core group that just appeared in their 2nd straight World Series stays intact, the lineup is strong and well balanced, and the rotation has 2 dependable starters in Buehrle and Lewis, with Holland and Harrison hoepfully on the verge of becoming 2 very sharp pitchers. And there are still plenty of trade chips in the minors to go after a need if it arises.
Finally...I'd make sure that every time Robin Ventura walks to the mound to make a pitching change in the opening series next year, the videoboard plays the clip of him charging Nolan and subsequently getting his rear handed to him by the guy twice his age.
I'm not trying to criticize anyone but wouldn't it be smarter to not offer Napoli a lucrative, multi-year deal directly off of his, very possibly, career year? He's a thirty year old catcher who can't play the position everyday and who exceeded his previous career high in WAR by 2.9 points? His WOBA was 45 points over his career high and his wRC+ was 32 points higher. That's not to say I don't think Napoli will be great again or that he's not worth the money but we certainly don't want to throw money at an unproven commodity coming off, by far, the best year of his career. If he likes playing in Texas let him play out this season then offer him a three year deal next season after his value has, presumably, gone down.
My first order of business is pitching. Offer C.J. 5/75 with incentives for wins, K's, ERA, Cy Young, innings, etc. If he doesn't like it let him walk. If C.J. is gone I pursue Darvish to be my TORP. I extend Holland and Lewis. Then I make a call to SF and figure out what it would take to get Madison Bumgardner (3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 3.10 xFIP). I make a quick decision on Feliz. Last season we stretched him out then left him the bullpen which seemingly reduced his velocity and his effectiveness. If he does well in the rotation Mike Adams becomes the closer and Uehara the setup man. I also resign Mike Gonzalez and let Oliver (Type-A free agent) go in FA. Use Lowe as trade material, and bring up Scheppers and Perez for bullpen work and maybe a spot start.
My first order of business for the lineup is signing Prince Fielder. His weight has never been an issue. Yes he is an average defender at best, but he is young, and as he ages we can move him to DH more and more. Use Moreland off the bench. I use Murphy, Young, and Torrealba in trades. I think a few teams would be interested in Murphy as a starting outfielder. Young will probably request a trade at some point and despite being the "face of the franchise" I honor his request. Torrealba might not get a lot of interest, but at the very least we get some money back to help pay for other salaries. I give Gentry a shot in CF with Martin as the 4th outfielder. Let Nelly go in FA. I resign Hamilton on the condition that as he ages he becomes more of a DH/4th outfiekder type. I also try to find a switch-hitting utility player. I extend Napoli, but not right away. His numbers last season were fabulous, but I don't want to pour a lot of money into one great season. Give his numbers time level back out and then get him for a little bit cheaper.
Just my 2 cents worth.
@Brady It's cool man, you're actually giving someone something to think about and backing it with support. As long as someone isn't straight up tearing into another Persons post or calling him or her out. One other thing. I don't see how Fielders weight hurts him yet those same people want to risk a long term contract on Hamiltons brtitle bones. Hamilton is an amazing talent. I wish I could see what would have happened had he been healthy and you know...I'm sure Fielder takes care of himself the guys a vegan! Lol.
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