Well, why not?
● MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan writes about the Joe Nathan signing, and has some quotes from Jon Daniels:
"We're looking at this as two acquisitions," general manager Jon Daniels said on Monday night. "We're getting a guy with big-time makeup, big-time pedigree and big-time stuff in Joe Nathan and also moving one of the best arms in professional baseball to the rotation. This is a move that we have thought about for last two years, but the timing had to be right, and we feel the timing is right now. We feel Neftali has a chance to be a big-time starter sooner than later."
There's also some talk about the projected starting rotation of Lewis/Ogando/Feliz/Harrison/Holland (albeit not in that order), and the prepatory work being undertaken on the Feliz front as the Rangers begin managing that transition.
● Jon Heyman throws some free agent contract projections out there, and says that the Rangers are only pretending to be interested at the five-year, $80 million level on C.J. Wilson.
● The Goose made his disdain for free agents obvious on FSNSW:
On whether he agrees with the Rangers' stance of avoiding long-term deals for high-priced free agents:
Gosselin: I agree with that philosophy. I’m not a big fan of free agency in any sport. These guys become mercenaries. I think once they get the money, they’re not the same player as they were working toward that goal. The best years of Pujols are behind him. The best years of Fielder are behind him. You’re going to pay exorbitant sum of money to get these guys, and you’re going to get an lesser player than what you paid for.
This kind of sounds like a twisted contract-year argument, where the idea is that "these guys" really let off the gas once they get their big contracts. That's no doubt true of some free-agent signees, but I don't like the fact that he's issuing a blanket statement that makes all free agents sound like a bunch of singularly money-driven jerkoffs who don't maintain their competitive drive once they get paid. I'm pretty sure Adrian Beltre and others of his high-performing ilk would have something to say about that.
● Drew Davison writes that Darren Oliver wants to pitch one more season, and hopes to be able to do that with the Rangers.
● Jeff Wilson has posted his AL MVP ballot, and it features Ellsbury/Granderson/Young/Verlander/Bautista in the top five, along with this rationale in slotting Young so high:
Young was the MVP for the team that won the AL West by 10 games. He hit a career-best .338 with a career-high 106 RBIs, played all four infield positions and filled in admirably when Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre were injured.
As Rangers fans know, Young didn't let his unsettled off-season have a negative effect on the team. That was pretty valuable.
Well, okay then.