What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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I don't know much about him besides looking at Baseball Reference. Seems to be a "poor man's" Mike Adams. Not a bad pickup I guess. We needed some veteran fortitude in the back end of the bullpen.
Yeah he pretty much is a poor mans Mike Adams. The concern I have is that he missed about 2 months last year with forearm problems...which could be a sign of up coming elbow problems. He made 3.7 mil last year but I'm not sure what this deal consists of. Hopefully it's a lot less than that otherwise why not sign Adams or Koji.
Because they dragged their feet over Josh and Greinke, and, whether or not Koji wanted to come back here, someone else got to him first. I assume something similar happened with Adams, assuming the Rangers wanted either of them back.
His ERA underperformed his SIERA last season by nearly a full run. The reason was an inflated HR/FB rate (14%) and BABIP (.333), both of which were a lot higher than his career #s and were therefore likely due to bad luck over a small sample (43 inn). Depending on the terms, this has the potential to be a good signing. He's definitely not the Mike Adams who pitched in San Diego, but he could be about as good as the 2012 Mike Adams (roughly 1 WAR). With Ogando in the rotation, we need bullpen help.
I'm guessing the Rangers were never going to match that deal for Mike Adams. Koji and his deal I would have liked back, but rumors are Koji didn't like Darvish.
I heard that too about Koji and Yu. Anyone know why that would be?
Anyway, MLBTR says it's a done deal now.
Solid signing. I'm hoping that the Rangers signing all of these role players is a prelude to the Andrus-Upton trade. In any event, relievers can always be flipped for prospects at the trade deadline.
For 1.5 million for 1 year. Heck yeah. Not a bad signing at all.
Yeah 1.5 mil for 1 yr is a great deal.
I believe this is a pretty effective move by the Rangers to help fortify the bullpen. It also should help Robbie Ross to get a legitimate shot at battling Martin Perez and others for the 5th starter spot. With Darvish, Harrison, Ogando, Holland, and Ross the rotation would once again have 3 lefty starters just like when CJ Wilson was here. This projected staff would rival the best in the AL. Now if they would only be willing to move Andrus for Upton or another powerhitting outfielder like Stanton we would be in business.
@ AndyJust because they didnt sign, Josh, Greinke, Or Uehara doesnt mean "they dragged their feet". The rangers were reportedly hot and in on Greinke until the Dodgers gave him that awful contract. Would you have wanted the Rangers to give him that contract? I sure hope not.
As for Uehara and Josh, You cannot make a player sign with you. They still get to choose. Frankly, I'm glad Josh is gone.
Ross does not currently have the stuff to be a starter for the big league club. Don't see him beating out Perez for that spot at this time.
@Romeo: of course not. I want no part of either of those contracts. But obviously they were in on Greinke, and, possibly as a consequence of that, they dragged their feet on Josh. I guess that isn't the right term for their pursuit of Greinke, but they also allegedly held up the winter meetings singlehandedly with their pursuit of everyone not named Chone Figgins.
I know you can't force a player to re-sign with you. It's a great thing that the reserve clause is gone. My point was, I'm not sure whether or not the Rangers wanted Koji or Adams back, but if they did, and they just hadn't gotten around to it yet, they obviously missed the boat by pursuing the bigger fish, none of which they ended up landing.
If he's healthy, he's better than Adams.
He may be better than the 2012 Adams. Something wasn't right with him last season. His Ks dropped off. I'm glad the Rangers took a pass on him. Uehara is another story. But he is getting old.
His GB/FB the past two seasons isn't that great, although the Skydome is a hitter's park. Like that he throws relatively hard and can get the K, and has a little closing experience. Maybe he and Soria get a save opportunity or two when Nathan is coming off 2 outings in a row.
No such thing as a bad one-year deal. No such thing as a bad one-year $1.5 million deal.
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