Wow! What an unbelievable trade that Jon Daniels pulled off yesterday. The Rangers traded Ian Kinsler to the Tigers for Prince Fielder and 30 million dollars in cash Wednesday. Ian Kinsler will always be remembered as a lightning rod for Rangers fans. It seamed you either loved him or hated him. I, personally loved watching him play and thought that he was extremely undervalued in his time here. With that said, you make this trade 100/100 times if you are the Rangers. By trading Kinsler and his remaining salary and adding in the extra 30 million, we are essentially getting Fielder for around 68 million until 2020. This is an absolute steal by Jon Daniels and the Rangers front office and a huge step up by ownership! Today is a good day to be a Texas Rangers fan and welcome to baseball town, Prince!!!!
All in all, I thought that Ron Washington did his best job as a manager this year. Dealing with all the injuries, a huge suspension, and probably the worst off-season in general manager Jon Daniels history, I feel Wash got the most out of this bunch this year and still produced 91 wins and a chance for the playoffs. With that said, I think there is a lot to like about this team going forward and a lot that needs to change.
As of this afternoon Jackie Moore and Dave Anderson are out on the coaching staff and we are being told that the rest of the staff will return. I am okay with this, as a fresh voice might help out with in-game strategies. Wash is probably the best manager in sports at relating to his players and getting max effort out of them. I don’t think anyone can question his ability to keep a group of guys together and in pursuit of a common goal. His in-game management could use a little help though. With that said, Wash is not the problem, so JD needs to do his part in remaking the big league roster. General manager Jon Daniels has had a fantastic run here in Texas. He has built this farm system from basically nothing into one of the best in the game. With that, the Rangers have won 2 AL pennants, and been to the playoffs 3 out of 4 season, with 4 straight 90 win campaigns. All that being said, the 2013/2014 offseason will be a BIG one for JD. We must retool this team and provide Wash with more weapons to use. If we make no changes to the rotation and bullpen, I think a rotation of YU-Harrison-Holland-Perez-(Colby/Ogando/plug a name) and a bullpen of Nathan-Sheppers-Soria-Ross-Feliz-Cotts will be just fine next year. If we add to that, fantastic. The lineup needs to change for sure though. Beltre-Andrus-Martin-Rios are all locks. We definetely need to address 1st base-catcher-left field-and DH. I would be okay with a Cruz re-union to play DH. I also could be talked into a Kinsler to left field and Profar at second base swap. But if there is no place to Profar, then we need to trade him now, while his value to high to add an impact bat.
This will be a fun couple of months to see how this team is put together. Some names to watch- Brian Mccann, Sin Soo Choo, Nelson Cruz, Carlos Beltran, Mike Napoli, and the big Cuban.. Many many more names to come.. Stay tuned!
It has come down to the last three games of the season. Fresh off another walk off win last night by the Rangers and 20-year-old phenom Jurickson Profar, the Rangers are still trying to get into that last wild card play off spot. Just think back 3 years ago and how thrilled this area would be to be this close to tasting the postseason. While there are fans who will stick by the team, fans who will waver, and the fan who will criticize every little thing the rangers do, the goal at the beginning of each season is to be playing meaningful games in september and get into the “tournament”. This has been a transition year of some sorts. Gone was Hamilton, Napoli, and Young and infused with more playing time from Martin Perez, Jurickson Profar, and L Martin. If you were to tell me we would play the entire season without Matt Harrison, Colby Lewis, half the season without Feliz and Soria, with Kinsler and Ogando missing time and Elvis having a huge slump to start the season and be within one game with three to go, I would have taken it.
FOUR DOWN…. THREE TO GO!!!
#RANGERS #TWINS #JAYS BE GOOD!!!!
I BELIEVE….DO YOU?!?!?!?!
I haven’t written in a while, and I am sorry for this. However I wanted to take some time this am and write about what has been going on. First, lets really appreciate what we have here in the Texas Rangers. We have ownership that is financially committed to winning. This is proof in what we have acquired at the trade deadline. We have a general manager who is aggressive, smart, and will not stop at his attempt to improve the ball club. We added the best pitcher available at the trade deadline in Garza, and the top bat available yesterday in Alex Rios. We have a manager, in Ron Washington who is the rock of this club. Some of his on field calls can be questioned, but no one can question his ability to keep the club loose and playing hard and together night in and night out. What a glorious time it is to be a Ranger fan!!
After the 9-5 win last night the Rangers have now one 10 of 11 since Wash’s closed-door meeting and have shaved the 6 game West deficit to zero. We currently sit in 1st in the west and 1.5 games up on Baltimore in the wild card race. Its going to be a fun 46 games to go so sit back and lets enjoy some more playoff baseball! Go Rangers!!!