What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Not too early to start thinking like this but let's talk off season. The way I see it the main holes in the lneup are 1B, LF, and DH. Not too mention pitching we need QUALITY starters. Having said that, let's here some reasonable theories on how or who to fill the holes.
Make a QO to Nelson Cruz--probably he walksSign Juan Dariel Abreau--5yrs--$48 millionSign Brian McCann--5 years --$70 millTrade for Josh Willingham--stock is down--potential 30 hr guyBid for Masahiro TanakaOffer AJ a 1 yr deal--$7 mill
Let Garza walk
Y A W W W N N N
New manager and coaches.
Anybody else sick of looking at Ian Kinsler--!!!!
Roy, that can be changed if the Yankees mess up in dealing with Cano. The Rangers desperately need a super quality third hole bat and Cano would supply that at a high cost. Cano will be 31 in October and a 5/$100 is what it will probably at least take. First, the Yankees lets him go as far as QO, then knowing the Rangers can make a deal with Robinson, trade Kinsler to a NL Playoff team that needs a second baseman for what they see is the final piece of their Puzzle. The Cardinals, Dodgers, or even Colorado could be a good fit. If the Cardinals particularly fall short and view their weakest link as the up the middle infield, then resign Beltran than an Andrus, Kinsler trade for Oscar Taveras, and 2 of the 3: Carlos Martinez, Trevor Rosenthal, or Michael Wacha would work for both teams. That is after Cano is signed. So an up the middle infield of Profar and Cano would be a stable until 2019. There is some worry about Cano's age. But he is not a bad legged first baseman like Pujols or even Berkman, or a worn out very aged 32 outfielder from a previously wasted three years when he dropped 50 pounds from a 230# frame from drug and alcohol abuse like Hamilton. As such, Cano at a healthy 31, is not the preconceived gamble as those others. Going after Abreu, McCann and Tanaka and resigning Cruz, Nathan and Pierzynski are solid options. However, the Rangers can not afford to do another Dempster, and even if Garza finishes 3 and 7 with and era above 5, they must still sign him or else the trade was a complete give away. Daniels can not afford any more of his disastrous acquisitions for his own credibility, or worse make him gun shy so he does not make better and more sane trades in the future.
Kinsler needs to be dealt somewhere ....Kansas City or Washington come to my mind.Profar needs to play everyday at 2B to get his career back on track. Profar should have been traded last off season and can't be traded now because his value has diminished by being misused as a utility player this year. After a solid year of play Profar's value will soar and the Rangers can trade him then if they want. Otherwise Andrus and Profar will be the best tandem in baseball for a decade.This team is stocked at middle infield--Roughned Odor comes to mind. We don't need a second baseman.Cano is the best free agent available but not at that age/price which i expect will be closer to $170 million.
What, 10/$170 or 9/$170 OR 8/$170. No team is going to pay 5/$170 after Pedroia resigned for 6/$85 and Kinsler is at 6/$82. Cano rates higher and considered the best second baseman in the AL, but Pedroia and Kinsler are rated just behind. All three the perennial ALL STAR at second. Cano's last 6 year deal was at $57, with this season $15. No team will pay a second baseman much above $20m a season at current salary structures. So at $20m a year is in the ball park [aka 5/$100 or 6/$120]. Your 5/$170 or $34M a year is at a level no team will pay, especially the Yankees. That is 2 and 1/3 X his current solid salary, and the Yankees are trying hard to stay around the cap and have some sort of fiscal control. All of this is probably very academic because the Yankees are likely to resign him at that $20m a year rate Cano is super solid and a great fit for the Rangers third hole ahead of Beltre, but then Kinsler will have to be moved to another team or position. However, saying that he is also not quite the drawing card of an A Rod or Pujols or even a Hamilton. Age is not an issue, especially for a second baseman who has a career 38 sb with a high of 8 in a season thus speed really not part of his game like Adrian Beltre [who has been as high as 18, though last century in 1999] and current contract can go through 2017 [ 4 more years at $17m average with vesting options] So if Cano would be too old, Beltre who signed a potential 7 year deal at 32 that will hopefully be a Ranger through his 20th, I repeat 20th season, what does that make OLD MAN ADRIAN? So do not fret about age, especially when it concerns Cano, or for that matter Beltre. They have plenty of game left.Vlad Guerrero, who just this past week announced his retirement, had a very solid 2010 season for the Rangers at 35 on bad wheels, even getting into 18 games as an outfielder.
My point was that the Rangers won't pay that kind of money and don't need a second baseman and that the Yankees must sign him, he's the only Yankee superstar left. He has Jay-Z as his agent now. It will probably be 7 years for 140 million with incentives and two option years and all gussied up to total out $170 million to make Jay-Z look good.
So we sort of agree on Cano's cost and that just short of $20m a season. And we both see the Yankees as in desperation state to resign now their best player. So it becomes Cano's option, and as we seen this scenario many times before, if he is not signed by the end of September, he goes FA with the team offering QO, to at least garnish a top 30+ draft choice. Yes, the Rangers have very good options at second starting with Kinsler. What the Rangers must acquire is a super solid #3 and #5 hitter. Best options could be if they reach free agency: Beltran, McCann, Morneau, and above all Cano; along with resigning AJP AND Cruz but to bat 6th and 7th. Cano is if not in age but in body condition the youngest of those listed, and a difference from the other five is MY's 2013 owed contract that comes off the boards. So again back to cost, for the Rangers is not prohibited, but as we both agree the Yankees have to mess up first, not out of the realm of possibility. Bottom line, if the Rangers want high success in 2014 and on, they must address their lack of or loss of [from 2012 3 big bats] offense punch. Otherwise, 2013 could be the last of above .500 ball for awhile. And being the less costly to the Ranger organization, Cano becomes such a huge option if presented with the opportunity.
I can't see Cano getting more than 5 years since he's already 31 years old. I do agee that he will be going for around $20 mill per year.
I can't see Cano in anything but pinstripes. He's a superstar and legitimate #3 hole hitter all right. I can't see him wanting to leave the biggest stage in the world and the Yankee's will not let him walk.I think that 7 years and $140 million is right on.
Cano will stay a Yankee. As sure as anything in this world. Kins has had an injury plagued year, he'll come back next year. Remember his 2010, 2011 seasons? Prof can play anywhere, even though what he has shown this year doesn't really represent the faith put in him by rangers fans. Hell, teach him to play 1st for all I care.
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