What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
MJH on accountability
Why do Ranger fans assume because we didn't give up the package of players to acquire Upton we are saving them for Price or Stanton? Daniels has been consistent in his approach to not giving into overpaying on anyone regardless of who the player is. I don't understand why fans think that just because we have the prospects it means we can pretty much pencil one of those two guys into our lineup in the future. It doesn't. Just like every other team in baseball, when those two become available teams are going to be salivating at the mouth to get their hands on them, and of course there will always be that one team that will literally give away the farm to get their man. And that is all it takes, just ONE GM to make that decision. Of course we have the prospects to trade for one of those two, but in the end it comes down to how much JD wants to give up for them and still hold onto the future of the team. I have a lot of faith in Daniels, even though this off season has been anything but spectacular, but to be naïve enough to just assume we are going to be able to get one of those two guys is short sighted.
I love The Rangers!! Let's play some ball. 26 more sleeps?
@Fake David Draggle: "Why do people just assume that Stanton and/or Price will come available? Why do people assume we will trade for one of them? Why"
Because he plays for the Marlins, and the second he costs them 7 figures, he will be traded. Which, depending on arbitration process, I believe is next offseason.
What constitutes a failure of an off season?
1. Platoon CF of part time player and unproven player with minimum professional AB's?2. Signing 37 year old coming off two knee surgeries that limited him to 37 games?3. Have yet to address fifth spot in rotation, and relying on unproven SP?4. Failure to hit any of top FA targets and watching former MVP sign with Angels? I don't know if this counts as a failure of an off season but it definitely isn't pretty.
@Champ: there's a pretty big difference between Darvish and Profar. Darvish, for one, already had 6 years of pro ball under his belt. Facing NPB hitters, which aren't as good as MLB, to be sure, but nevertheless, he had already experienced great success. Profar isn't even 20 years old yet and has played in, like, 3 MLB games, and none at AAA. For every Trout or Harper, there are probably 50 rookies that are decent but not amazing, and for every one of those, there are eleventy billion that never amount to much. We have every reason to think he'll do good things, but setting your expectations that high for Profar is just asking for them to be disappointed.
Sure, Yu was an all-star. You said it. I said it. A lot of people said it. But it wasn't a sure thing. There are no sure things in baseball. And there's no guarantee Profar will be an all-star. Until it happens, it hasn't happened.
1. Platoon CF of part time player and unproven player with minimum professional AB's?2. Signing 37 year old coming off two knee surgeries that limited him to 37 games?3. Have yet to address fifth spot in rotation, and relying on unproven SP?4. Failure to hit any of top FA targets and watching former MVP sign with Angels?
1) Gentry had a WAR of 2.9 in only 270 ABs last season.. the season before he had a WAR of 1.7 in 150 ABs.. he has produced in his limited time and I expect he will continue to do so..
Martin is unproven, but every rookie is unproven. He has performed extremely well at triple AAA and he needs to be given a chance.. There's a reason why you develop the farm system and it's not only to trade them away... some of them are unproven and become really good ball players, very quickly... see Andrus and Kinsler for example...
2). Berkman's a risk, but it's not like you've got a long term commitment to the guy... he is most likely a hall of famer and had a great season two seasons ago... but, he's the type of hitter we need... someone with some patience... who can swing from both sides of the plate... and let's face it, I see him as a potentially significant upgrade over MY...
3) Please send me your list of reliable 5th starters...frankly, the rangers starting pitching in the 25 years i've lived here has never been in better shape than it is today...your first 4 guys are all young and all tied up cheaply for the next several years... all four are capable of having all star years... and colby lewis will be back at mid season...
4) There were two top FA targets: Greinke and Hamilton.. The Rangers got money whipped by the dodgers.. is that JDs fault.. The reality is, while the rangers have a lot of money to spend and will have a much better tv contract, it's not going to touch the dodger's 350 million per year tv deal... And, I think a large part of the fan base and the front office, really didn't want Josh back... he QUIT on the team and is a time bomb waiting to explode... if the Angels get the full value of the contract from him... congrats to them...
Could have the offseason gone better... sure... but, the rangers didn't do anything really stupid and unreasonable that will put their long term future in jeopardy... haven't we been down that road before...
The Rangers are a very competitive team and should play a much more exciting brand of baseball this year... they should cut down on their strike outs and double plays... their defense and starting pitching should be better and so should their infield play... they'll give up some of the long ball, but only maybe.. the combination of AJP and Soto has a chance to hit more long balls than Torrealba/Napoli/Soto did last year... Kinsler hopefully will bounce back... if his ankle is better, he should regress more to his norm... same could be true for Cruz, especially in a contract year....and berkman assuming any degree of health, should be hitting for more power than Young... maybe we'll get closer to a full year out of Moreland... will we lose a ton of power without Josh, sure, but I still remember may and june and september and october...
@Andy..... Younger players are better today than ever. In all sports with the exception of basketball young rookies are able to make an instant impact. Many are all stars.... I have total faith in Mr. Profar. His name Pro and Far is a perfect baseball name for a superstar coming to a ballpark near you...
Gents, I too believe Profar will be superstar maybe I am drinking the Kool Aid provided by JD and the staff, maybe not. But am I anymore blindly faithful than those of you who keep saying we are fine we will make the playoffs we are going to win 90 games,etc.? Seriously, I do not see 90 wins unless a lot of things fall into place like Josh on the DL for 8 weeks, Weaver on the DL for 12 weeks, King Felix going down, and just for good measure Pujols going down for an extended period of time. I do like the Rangers as they are put together right now. This is by no means a roster from teh 70's with Buddy Bell as the marquee name!! We have some very good players and some very good youngsters with potential but in reality, between Josh, Nap, and MY to some extent we lost a lot of offense. The offensive part of this is what scares me. We need Cruz to have a great year, Kinsler to bounce back, and Murphy to maintain. We Martin to seize his position. We need the 4 starters to either step forward or maintain depending on the name. And we need a bullpen to come together with super glue if necessary. Losing Koji and Adams will hurt alot too.
Now before you start the bashing, remember I qualified the team as a non 70's era roster so I have qualified myself as a long time fan. I love my Rangers and I sincerely hope Cruz does about 30-35 HR with a 280 average, I hope AJP matches hi slast season totals. Really hope Kinsler has a 30-30 season. Hopefully Berkman can match his production as the DH of 25+HR, 285, and 350+OBP. Then Martin bringing in some major offensive production.
I think it's been a poor off-season, I'm not willing to assign blame as I have no idea if this was a case where events simply went against us or if our strategy was wrong. Hard to assess it without knowing what we end up getting for all our trade chips. I think the biggest problem is that since we didn't settle our holes at C, DH, corner OF, #1 or #2 Starter with mid-term or long-term solutions that there will be a logjam of holes that need to be filled next off-season. Especially if our CF situation doesn't solve itself with Martins/Gentry. We could be looking at DH, C, all three OF positions needing to be replaced next year. I don't know how we dump a bunch of prospects on Stanton/Price leaving us without chips to fill the other spots in the roster.
The sky is not falling
I understand the POTENTIAL for internal improvement. But the problem I see, is that last season the Rangers weren't good enough. Then they lost a buttload of talent, without really replacing it, making the need for improvement even greater.
What happened to all the Jedi tricks that JD was supposed to perform, to slickly land great players and fill the holes? It's been way more hype than substance, as one target after another landed elsewhere and we settled for a few leftover scraps.
Is it possible for players to improve from one year to the next? Sure. But we're putting almost all our eggs in that "internal improvement" basket, and we've made it a mighty large basket to fill with all the talent that's departed.
Draggle we got it the 1st time-GEEEEEEZ
Someone just posted that Lance Berkman is probably a future Hall of Famer. Yeah this site is where I go for my baseball. GOOD GRIEF!!
Then feel free to leave and not come back.
Not you again Homro.
Even though this offseason sucked, I can't call it a disappointment. Now if we don't have 1 of Price or Stanton this time next year...then yes, it's an organizational disappointment.
I'm actually with eric on this one. The team has not really improved.The Big Dance is going to be the goal. We may be wearing brown shoes.We're not quite dressed for the occaison so far. Too many what if's & hopes.I'm still intriqued, but I'm a realist. My projection means diddly, so I'll curiously watch.I do like the team, but I never use the word "expect". Ijnda of a meh off-season. sigh, yawn, Zzzzz
Ban that faggot. (Not that Eric)
Ban that faggot. [romro2120]
As I've said from Day 1 this offseason, the Rangers are in an in-between year. They had guys like Napoli, Hamilton, et al. set to leave, but the guys who could replace some of that production (Martin, Profar, et al) are still question marks...they're kind of ready but not quite. Same goes for Perez as the 5th starter. The Rangers didn't want to commit long-term to guys who they felt could be replaced internally, even if that replacement didn't occur until 2014. They're stuck in "maybe he's good" land for a year until their prospects prove themselves at the MLB level (or at least prove they're ready). I don't call that a failure...just an unfortunate case of bad timing.
If we are to believe what the FO told us at the end of the season; they would try to sign Josh and Grienke, then the off season is a failure, period. I believe it was Nolan who said "We could sign both?" Now, do think he was posturing, lying or thinking the Rangers would or could sign both? I think they wanted both and the off season is a failure.
I hate to break it to some of you Profar for God bunch but I recall a can't miss hitter prospect several years older than Profar who has been a miserable flop in Seattle. Does anyone remember Justin Smoak? This was a can't miss prospect who missed, or has missed so far. I saw this kid play several times and each time I said this kid has 'star' written all over......nuf said?
I am feeling like 2013 is going to be painful. Everyone left on the roster has to have a better year than they had in 2012. Do you really think that is going to happen? Get real guys, as constituted the Texas Rangers are an 85-87 win team this year.
Not that Eric, what I posted was: I thought that Berkman was a borderline hall of famer...
From 2001-2009 he hit .301/.415/.558 while averaging 32 HRS and 107 RBI. During that time period he had two 40 plus home run seasons and hit a high of .331. Led the league in RBI one season with 128 and drove in 136 another time. During those nine years he ranked 7th in home runs, fourth in RBI, fourth in OBP, 8th in slugging, sixth in OPS and and fifth in OPS+ (ranking only behind Bonds, Manny, Arod and Albert).
He finished in the top 7, six times in MVP voting . Bill James has developed a metric which he calls an "award share" which gives you a cumulative number in terms of all your MVP votes. Berkman's is 2.0. Which may not sound like much, but rates ahead of the following HOFers: Sandberg, Gwynn, Carter, Alomar, Carew, Yount, McCovey, Matthews, Williams, Molitor and numerous others.
In the post season in 52 games he had 9 HR, 38 Runs, 41 RBI, hit .317/417/532.
So no, I wouldn't call him a sure fire hall of famer, but he was one of the premier hitters of his generation and his candidacy is not out of the question. In addition, there has never been a taint or whiff of steroid use regarding him...
So, now why don't you lay out the case why there is no credibility to his consideration for the hall....
Don't apologize to that moron. In the future, don't even respond to him. He is the #1 troll on BBTiA, so at least he's #1 at something, I guess.
Lance Berkman is definitely a borderline Hall of Fame candidate. He's eclipsed 60.0 WAR in his career, and has posted an imposing lifetime OBP of .409. That's elite.
Hey who picked the A's to make the playoffs this year?
Who had LAA finishing 3rd?
Raise your hand if you had Miami dismantling and turning into dust.
Who had Baltimore in the playoffs?
Anyone have SF winning the Series? Anyone?
But glad to know we exact certainty DOWN TO THE NUMBER OF WINS this year for the Rangers.
I'm going to enjoy watching this season play out and then watching the geniuses around here pretend they weren't wrong. The Rangers could win 100 or lose 100 next year. Baseball isn't that predictable because baseball players aren't that predictable. Luck doesn't even out and BABIP is only a tool, much like some of the posters around here.
But I'm sure we'll all hear when the numbers are WAAAAY off what was predicted how we don't understand advanced stats and whatnot. I understand them, I just don't place as much value on the predictive nature as you do.
Yeah, BASEBALL!!! Pitchers and Catchers are nearly here!
He didn't say BORDERLINE-he said LIKELY. I doubt he ever gets 40% of the required votes. Again Eric know what you are talking about before you start flappin your gums. I don't beieve LIKELY and BORDERLINE mean quite the same thing.
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