What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Anyone have any bright ideas as to fix what looks to be a fairly weak link???
I don't think it looks that weak? I can't remember the names of the FA pick ups with the exception of Soria but with those and the kids coming up I think we are going to be pretty good.Ross and Perez as either 5th starter or bullpen Perez long man Ross as 6th /7th inning guyscheppers 8th inning set up guyNathen closer
add in Beliveau from the cubs and the guy we got for MY and Grimm and Font if needed I think we are in pretty good shape.
Frasor from Toronto looks decent. Beliveau and Lindbloom look pretty good. Throw in Nathan and the kids with Soria and Feliz coming back at soem point this year and it looks pretty good to me. Not dominant but still pretty good.
font, grimm, perez, all marginal at best and totally unproven.....is soria gonna be ready for the begining of the season?
Beliveau is worse then marginal
Nathan is a stud, but could very well miss some time
I see this as a problem
lindbloom is no good
i guess frasor is ok, but still makes for a weak bunch of arms
Honestly the bull pen did not lose much. Adams and Uehara were the two that hurt the most, but honestly replacing Feldman and Oswalt plus Lowe with Frasor, Belivea, Lindbloom, is not a bad thing. Ross will be there along with Kirkman and Nathan. Lindbloom or Frasor move into the setup slot until Soria is healthy. It is not as bad as you think.
ummmm adams, uehara, AND ogando
Ross could be the 5th starter
nathan a year older
not losing much????
Don't like losing Adams and Uehara, but I wouldn't consider the bullpen a weak link. JD is trying to pull of a TB Rays bullpen with some cheaper players.
StartersYuHarryHollandOgandoPerez? Colby when healthy (I still have a feeling we try to trade the Cubs for Garza before the season starts, JD has been eyeing him for years)
Pen9th Nathan8th Soria/Frasor/Feliz when HealthySU/LM Kirkman/Ross/Scheppers/Lindbloom/Grimm
@tricky, everything I've heard is that Soria won't be ready until June at the earliest, and perhaps not even until after the All Star Break.
And you still have more guys to choose from like Cory Burns, Coty Woods, Michael Kirkman, Tommy Hottovy, and Justin Miller.
Forget the name Tommy Hottovy that I mentioned, he was released this evening to make room for Berkman.
Dodgers inked J. P. Howell for 1 yr/ 2.something mil, I for one would have been happy to have him at that price for an extra lefty in the pen
Going into this off season rebuilding the bullpen and finding a catcher were our most obvious concerns.If you dont count replacing Josh.
There is nothing more demoralizing to a team than a blown save!!!
Looks like Rangers definitely need another left hander in the pen.Who do we have besides Kirkman and Ross? And there is some talk about giving Ross a chance to start?JP Howell could have been a piece--but just signed with the Dodgers.I hear the "Ancient One" Darren Oliver wanted to return to Arlington!
I seem to be alone in this---but im not convinced that Joe Nathan can be counted on as a lock down closer. Certainly not to the extent he was last season. I thought he had several poor outings. Of course everbody looked gassed late last season.
I do think that the Soria signing may prove very important. He was a stud in the past--but the injuries cast some doubt as to when and how much he can be counted on.
Rafeal Soriano is proven and could probably be gotten on a 2 yr deal. He's healthy--right now. And i dont think overkill in this area is a bad idea.Nothing is more demoralizing to a team than a blown save!
I know--i know--he's too expensive and we would lose a draft pick.But there is nothing more awesome than a bullpen that shortens games.
Jon Heyman, "[the] Rangers [are] still looking for more after adding Berkman. MBourn, JUpton, Kyle Lohse could be in play"
Does not add Stanton. Soriano: What will happen?
How in the hell could Soriano be worth $12 M per year to the Rangers? Is he really worth that to anyone?
He was rash in turning down the Yankees qualifying offer. What do you think the Rangers would have to pay for him? Would he really be much of an upgrade over who the Rangers would otherwise have pitching the 8th inning in the second half of 2013? Can you imagine paying $12 M to a relief pitcher?
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