I've never been much of a fan of getting off to a late start to my posting days, but if there is a song that can make me feel good about a late start, it's probably Reflection Eternal's "Too Late":
● Jeff Wilson writes about Thad Levine and director of baseball operations Matt Vinnola traveling to the GM meetings in Milwaukee in place of Jon Daniels (whose wife finally gave birth on Saturday), and also says that Mitch Moreland will undergo some tests on his right wrist this coming week to determine if corrective surgery is needed for the tendinitis that plagued him during the second half of the season.
● Rick Gosselin said on Monday's SportsDay On Air that:
- There is no way signing a big-name free agent would send negative signals to the ballclub, because they should try to improve by whatever means necessary so long as said improvement is within their budget (reasonable), and because the Rangers just were "not good enough to win it all" (not so reasonable);
- The Rangers have to improve at first base, because your first baseman can't be batting ninth, and because first base is a power/production position;
- Texas needs to find some way to retain Michael Young beyond the 2013 season, because he's "the glue that holds the whole thing together."
You know, I don't take much issue with either of those last two bullet points (though I don't know that I necessarily agree with either of those remarks), but I absolutely don't get this "not good enough to win it all" nonsense. That's the sort of declarative statement that you throw around when referencing non-playoff teams, or maybe teams that end up squeaking into the playoffs and get obliterated in the first round -- not a team that came within a strike of winning the whole enchilada.
Since giving voice to a falsehood in a live radio/television format is a bit different than saying something incorrect in print, though, I'll just give the Goose the benefit of the doubt and assume that what he said and what he was actually trying to say were two wholly different things.
● Mike Olt is the Arizona Fall League Player of the Week for a second consecutive week. Through 24 games (95 at-bats), Olt is hitting .347/.425/.800 with 13 home runs.
As you might expect, Olt landed on Jason Cole's and The Professor's combo Rangers All-Prospect First Team this past week.
● The Mariners are reportedly willing to kick in cash in order to trade Chone Figgins. What a shocking revelation.