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Has anybody read this...http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/2012/11/jon-daniels-unlikely-mike-adams-returns-to-the-rangers.html/
I'm hoping the Rangers can still sign Koji. Losing both Adams and Koji would be a bad thing.
Adams' job can be done just as well for less money than he'll make, and with similar risk involved. I liked him in a Ranger uniform, but I'd much rather pay for Koji than for Adams.
Last year Adams said he wants to close. I'm sure that's still uppermost in his mind. We still expect Nathan to close next year. Hence, he'll probably look elsewhere first.
JDs coded response when discussing his team's FAs that he doesn't expect to return is that they've earned the right to see what they can get on the market. When he says something to that degree it means goodbye.
I'd prefer a RH'ed 8th-inning guy who can throw hard and get the K in a crucial situation, say with RISP. Someone like Matt Lindstrom or Juan Carlos Oviedo or Juan Cruz. Adams relies too much on nibbling and trying to fool hitters to get the K. And like Adams, Lindstrom, Oviedo, and Cruz aren't strangers to high-leverage pressure situations either as they've all had experience and success either closing or pitching the 7th/8th-inning.
Rather make a play for Broxton or Madson but they will be expensive. Also we just acquired some LOOGY from KC named Hottovy today. Don't have much info on him.
I think both Broxton and Madsen will be looking to be closers somewhere. Maybe there is a chance Madsen settles for a set up role for a yr so he can rebuild his value, but I'm not sure how likely that is.
I like the idea of getting Lindstrom...and I agree with Kristen that we need someone that can throw some gas and get a k...but every team is looking for those type of guys so cost may be an issue.
On a good note, I did read that JD said he wants to bring back Koji.
Adams has done a great job for the Rangers but as noted by others, he nibbles too much. Add in his delivery, which allows too many steals, and I have to believe the Rangers can do better.
I think most are missing the obvious. With Ogando moving to the rotation I think Adams spot gets filled by Feliz. After that maybe he gets moved to closer after Nathan's last year is up. who knows...
I'm not sure that people are necessarily missing your point...and do I agree that Feliz will eventually fill that spot...but the type of injury he has doesn't guarantee anything. Maybe he can come back this coming year, but then again, maybe his arm is never the same. I don't think that a WS caliber team can take that kind of chance. They need to get at least 1 solid set-up guy signed just in case Feliz cannot be a difference maker in 2013.
On a side note...What do you guys think about Jose Veras. He just got outrighted off the Brewers' 40-man roster and may elect to become a FA. This guy throws hard and has been a set up guy before. He's had 3 straight seasons of 10+ SO/9 and averages 9.4 for his career. I think his biggest issue is that he is a tad wild. I bet he could be signed (if he becomes a FA) for cheap.
"he is a tad wild"
Does he look like a greasy cafeteria worker? Because we already had Padilla for a while.
Feliz is going to miss most of 2013 so we definitely do need to add a bullpen arm or three before the season starts.
If we're going off last year, I wouldn't say Veras is merely "a tad wild", I'd say he's really wild - maybe not Carlos Marmol-clueless, but pretty awful. It's WHIP that matters in the end, and Veras just let way too many runners on base last year thanks to his high walk rate. In high-leverage situations, he allowed 35% of hitters to get on base. That's way too much for a 7th/8th-inning guy.
Fair enough. I have to think that for the price he would command he might be worth a look. Maybe he's not a guy you count on necessarily but he could fill a void until Feliz gets back.
Do you think that his wildness is too far gone that the Maddux's couldn't fix him?
When the game is close and on the line, a pitcher that cannot hold runners is a liability. Adams is terrible at holding runners and thus coming in with runners on works against him. He either cannot or will not alter his motion to alleviate this problem. Besides all that RPs effectiveness comes and goes season to season for the most part.
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