What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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The problem is hindsight is 20/20. That is always the problem with any team in any year. If we would have traded player X for player Y and then signed or resigned Player Z we wouldn't be having the problems we have now. Always an issue.
Having said that, we should have traded Profar/Elvis for Upton plus. Elvis is a black hole on offense and his defense is great but he is not the second coming of Ozzie Smith and this team is not the St Louis Cardinals in Ozzie glory years. Then resigning Napoli as our DH should have been a priority at $13 mil for 30 HR and 90+RBI is a bargain something we would all kill for right now on this team.
The bottom line is we have the best prospect in baseball on our team right now with nowhere to play him. He can't get in a groove offensively or defensively if he is constantly moving around in both the lineup and field.
Chuck, agree with your post. Now it may be too late to move Andrus. Also they could have obtained the right handed bat they need for agreeing to 2 PNLs instead of 1 in the Garza trade. Soriano was traded to the Yankees for just 1 PNL, a pitching prospect of A ball level. But the best part for the Yankees is that the Cubs will pick up the greater part of Alfonso's salary. They will get him for $1.8m the rest of 2013, and have to pay only $5m for 2014. What a lost opportunity that borders on incompetence. The Rangers could have had Berkman's replacement for 1/2 the cost through 2014, but who also can still actually play in the field; not a good but at least a serviceable left fielder, more suited then Baker to the field and he can still play the infield in emergency. Berkman is finished this year, legs just could not go, and will probably announce his retirement. The Rangers will now go out an overpay for Rios when Soriano would have been a greater offensive threat.
Profar is NOT the number 1 prospect in baseball. That ship sailed.
Leah of Arlington: Leave it to Daniels and stop the whining. THERE'S NO WHINING IN BASEBALL!
Soriano has more dingers, but holy crap, his OBP is almost 50 points lower than Rios's, and OBP is definitely more important than SLG (where Rios has a 30 point deficit). Rios's wRC+ is 107, even with his recent slump, which beats Soriano's exactly average 100. Soriano has a higher UZR, but Rios is the better baserunner, and is better than average defensively.
I'd much rather roll the dice on Rios.
We had Soriano once. Ask the FO how that went
Andy, I much rather have Rios too.. Like I have posted in the past, some days he is a five tool star, then the next benched by Ventura for lack of hustle. The crux of the matter is that Soriano would have cost so little: an additional PNL pitcher from A ball, and at a salary of 1/2 that of Berkman and bordering on 1/3 that of Rios for 2014. The Rangers again will over pay for Rios. Look at the Thornton trade to Boston and Soriano's trade to the Yankees, and one reality comes out very clear. Trade with the Rangers, Daniels way over pays. Hopefully, I am off base when Rios is traded for, unless he goes to the Pirates. A point of comparison, Olt is now rated the Cubs #2 prospect, even ahead of Soler, and Villanueva [last years 3b give away for Dempster] & C J Edwards are already rated in their top 10. Speaking of Soler, he would have been a very good target, and would have liked a Soler and Garza for Grimm, Olt and Profar deal over what went down. Well at least for two months of 500 ball we can watch Garza start 11 more games, which is sad in that the Rangers have the best 5 man starter rotation staff I can remember them having in a long, long time; and it probably will not be enough. At least Daniels checks on Stanton on a weekly basis. As a footnote, the Cubs have put Edwards at high level A. He will be at AA starting 2014, and starting for the Cubs by July 2014. By the end of 2015, CJ will be rated one of the top starters in the NL. Time will tell, but only an arm injury that did happen to Erlin and Weiland will slow his rise.
CJ Edwards was a throw-in.
You poor ignorant fool, so a H/9 of 6.0 with HR/9 OF 0.0 and a K/9 rate of 11.6 has no meaning or comprehension to your feeble mind And this but one measuring stick for CJ. It is the one thing that makes the Garza trade an eventual failure. As for "throw ins", so were: AJ Burnett, Neftali Feliz, Gio Gonzalez, Cliff Lee and Francisco Liriano. Think before you post, or are you capable of that, or is that another skill you lack.
Leah of Arlington: PMS?
@Lee of Arlington, how can you call the Garza trade an eventual failure already? He's made one great start for us and has already said he's tired of moving around and seems like he's ready to stick around here for the long haul. If we resign Garza in the offseason then I call the trade a win for the Rangers.
Leah just flaps her gums while she is vaccuuming. Pay her no mind. This is the same person who thinks CJ Edwards is a pitcher.
Jeremy, if he is a 12 start pitcher for the Rangers then he was not even worth Olt. If he does sign, and it would make no sense to trade for Garza without that being the Ranger' intention, then the strongest part of their team is five quality starters, and that does not even include Harrison, Lewis or Feliz. Perez will be special, Darvish is an AL ace, Holland is headed that direction, Ogando is in the top ten in ERA of starters with over 40 starts in their career, and Garza is a very solid #3 on a strong pitching staff, and a #1 on a weak starting staff. But it also takes offense to win games. The Rangers are rapidly becoming the 2013 version of the 2010 Seattle Mariners. The Mariners that season had: King Felix, Erik Bedard with a 2.82 era, Jason Vargas, Doug Fister, and of course, Cliff Lee. The Mariners that year won 61 games, and had no offense, having let Beltre leave for free agency to Boston. A team need some punch and power to succeed. Currently the Rangers lack that as a team, and will be hard pressed to stay in second much less make it into the playoffs. At the beginning of the season a consensus thought was that the Rangers would be a 85 to 87 win team. On Memorial Day, the Rangers were 34 and 20. Since then, they have gone 22 and 26. That rate will not get a team in first unless other teams have monumental collapses. This current team may even struggle to go 30/30 for the rest of the season. I had pointed out that July was crucial for the Rangers, and so far they are 8 and 12 with 3 game serie with the Indians and the Angels on the road remaining. So by August 1, they could already be out of the running for a wild card and looking more at the Angels overtaking them, then they overtaking the A's. If you take a very close look at the minors, the Rangers have very few bats of consequence that could help in 2013, Olt may have been one of the very few exceptions, and was slowly turning it around when he was moved to the Cubs. Ir is not a pretty picture for scoring enough to take the Rangers anywhere. And there #1 power hitter may be very soon off the team for the rest of the season. If Cruz is facing suspension, he would be foolish not to accept it now so his name can be cleared for the 2014 season. No one is going to sign a player for a draft surrendering contract and have him for less then a 100 games [the 50 games + the games needed in the minors to play at mlb level]. However, Cruz may very well not be suspended. The MLB can not afford a total witch hunt, especially if the top two names have already been taken down. The League simply would want to avoid suspending two dozen more players that could have minor connections to Biogenesis. What would be next, every ball player that happened to walk into GNC would need to be investigated, for GNC does have in its store products that could warrant action.
This team lacks balls and fortitude. It's amazing to me how the worm has turned. I write this as Elvis just made that bad throw to first base and the Indians lead 7-1 in the 5th. The night-in-and-night-out ineptness makes me wonder if this team isn't ready for a complete overhaul. It has become hard to watch. I fear the worst: Many years of makeover.
Leah of Arlington: Here's an idea--SHUT UP!
JD stop acting like an idiot. Oh wait, you can't help yourself. That's what you are: an idiot.
I've almost completely lost faith in this year's team as a playoff contender. But I think if we as a BBTIA community can harness some positive mojo, we can turn the tide for the team. I propose we determine a place for all us to meet, get the chance to meet each other, discuss Rangers present and future over a beer, maybe even say a prayer for this year's quickly diminishing effort.
I also propose JD is the guest of honor amongst us. I look forward to the opportunity for all of us to meet and show him our affection. Hugs and other physical contact to ensue.
JD, Name the place and time. I'd bet the turnout is awesome.
Sandwisch: I'm sorry but I'm not gay. Try Teri or Leah
OK......that's fine that you're not gay. That's not what I had in mind for this gathering. Again, name the place and time. You're the guest of honor.
8-8. Bottom of the 8th.
We are Cleveland.
how's that xanax working for you JD?
I take that back. Walk-off. We are worse than Cleveland.
I'm going to need some xanax after that game. Damn, Cleveland... we are bad.
ol rollie finger fucker
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