What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Hiro, the Rangers let go, mostly by their own choice, 43hr/ 128 rbi player and replaced him with David Murphy, good 4th or 5th ourfielder, but proving this year no more: the face of their team and a consistent run producer for a broken down x-all star, but one that could hardly walk or even swing a bat much less really play solid baseball, and a power bat from the right side to catch and play first, instead of having to leave a MM to face the David Prices of the MLB or even a solid but can not take a walk AJP, who also was in the same boat as MM, but more consistent against southpaws. So if you take 75 hr and 251rbi out of the heart of your lineup, and put back in the likes of a Baker, Berkman, Murphy, or even AJP expect a struggle. This does not even consider the loss of your #1 power producing bat for 4 games short of 1/3 rd of the year in Cruz. Rios was a good picture, but the Rangers were without a left fielder and DH nearly all year of any consequential run production. The team numbers all produced this sad fact that the Ranger brass all knew. Going forward there are little solid options beyond resigning Cruz to play left or dh, posssibley gambling on Abreu as the right handed power bat at first and dh, Ellsbury [who is a tables setter and not a runs producer, much more a Gentry then a Trout despite his 2011 career year, where he got 1 short of 50% of his 7 year career hr total], Cano [ who wants a $300m contract- good luck trying to find a team to pay that much for a second baseman ]. McCann looks like a target, but his career numbers mimic with only a tad better then AJP. So going forward, there are not a great deal of options beyond a crippling trade for a Stanton, Taveras, C Gonzalez or signing a Cruz or a Cuban first baseman [ who could prove a total miss, does not have all souts screaming 'sign him' ] . This is what triggered the Hamilton nonsense, along with a BA article stating that the Angels must move Josh, if for no other reason then for his sake. Too many perimeters for Hamilton in LA. And after this year, no one will take on his contract, so it is a Vernon Wells situation all over again, only much more costly.
les, OK, you made a case. Still, it obviously appears challenging to ignore negative or unfavorable emotions many have towards him. He mgith be an attractive big bat option for a number of teams but not for the 2014 Rangers. Again, it sounded a good idea to me, though.
While I'd be amenable to resigning Cruz and letting him DH for a good part of the time, I have to feel that someone will go multi years on him and he'll be gone, but who knows how the Biogeneis stuff affects his value. It's hard to predict where the free agents land as there are a lot of moving pieces, but I could see JD offering a contract to Beltran as opposed to someone like an Ellsbury. I like Ellsbury just fine, but if the Red Sox really want to retain him they probably will.
So if you look at 2014 in terms of outfield/DH you could be looking at something like Rios/Martin/Beltran with Gentry backing all of them up. Cruz or a Cruz-like DH on a short term deal. Something like that. DH's are under rated, but you can see what happens to your overall lineup in the Amercian league when you have a sub-standard DH, which Berkman became when his injuries caught up with him,. People get worked up over a DH's WAR, but give me a 2010 Vladdy Guerrero-type and that lineup is ready to go to war.
Rich, Beltran would be an ideal fit in left and in the third slot. But if the Cards sign Beltran, as at this moment seems to be their plan, the Rangers could then push to acquire Taveras. The Cards need a shortstop and the Rangers have two that can be full time, core players, and a Taveras for an Andrus or Profar are not much of a reach. Much will depend on how far the Cards make it through the playoffs, and whether lack of a solid short stop is their stumbling block. Of note, the Cards picked up Joey Butler, so how if any that effects the Cards out field plans in 2014 id anyone's guess. Another possibility instead of pursuing Ellsbury is go after another out fielder they have tried to acquire and that is Shin-Soo Choo. Doing a small research of those really available, beyond trades, using career 162 game averages that emerge are : Nelson, Beltran, and Choo. Ellsbury is another speed guy, and except for 2011, has not been a run producer. The Rangers already have a Gentry, Martin and even Beltre that are run scorers with limited run production. Others with high numbers at other needed positions to target are the many times mentioned Brian McCann and primed for a much bigger comeback, Justin Morneau.
I like Choo, but not if he's going to cost $90 million for 5 years, that's kind of why I like Beltran. I'm not trying to solve the outfield for the next 5 years, just 2014. I also agree that they need to solve the Kinsler/Andrus/Profar conundrum, but for the right deal. I think Andrus is the most likely to stay of the 3 given his contract and contributions. Profar is going to be good, but that's a surplus a cusp team can't keep carrying.
I'm not a fan of Morneau, at least this version of him. In general I don't like to take chances on badly concussed players. It's a small sample, but they never quite get back to where they were. Morneau, Jason Bay, Ryan Church, etc...there's a couple more I'm forgetting.
I like McCann as well, but Daniels doesn't usually roll out the checkbook unless it's a special player. To me they're just as likely to try to resign AJ as anything else. Maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised, but I think the bidding on McCann may get silly and the Rangers will bow out.
Move Kinsler to left field.Profar 2nd. Resign Napoli to play !st.
Because we ALL KNOW what a great LF Kins is. You idiot.
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