This still works?

I haven’t used this in almost five years, and I can still post to it?

Blog no longer active

I experimented with MLBlogs briefly, and decided I wanted to just use my own site.   There will be no further updates here, please visit http://www.rangerfans.com instead.

I’m surprised this is still allowing me to post two and a half years after I stopped using it, actually.  :)

Tex wins 2006 AL First Base Gold Glove

                           
                              

In a move that I think surprised nobody, Mark Teixeira won the 2006 AL Gold Glove award (link).   That was pretty much expected.

Gary Matthews not getting the CF award was a little more of an eye
raiser. However, that too is not completely shocking to me. I think a
lot of the local campaigning for him, while valid, was a bit of the
"homer vote". Don’t get me wrong, he had a great year, but it’s always
hard for a guy to get it on a career breakout year when there’s others
who are entrenched in outfield (the 06 winners were Ichiro, Vernon
Wells, & Torii Hunter).

Still, Matthews had a great year.  Just hope it’s not his last like a lot of reports are saying.

Congrats to Mark Teixeira. Very well deserved. Also the former Texas
battery of Kenny Rogers & Pudge won their respective positions’
gold gloves too.

                              

                              
                           

                        

Wolf, Lofton, & Little Cat Rangers in 07?

                           
                              

Randy Wolf, Kenny Lofton, & Frank Catalanotto as Rangers in 07 and none of our free agents returning?   So says this article on free agent possibilities over at mlbtraderumors.   Here’s what they’re saying about Wolf, Lofton, & Cat…

Randy Wolf: It’ll be a somewhat risky signing, but the
Rangers need some starters. I only have them down for one free agent
starter, so another would have to come via trade. I could see a major
splash with a Young or Teixeira trade.

My thoughts: Probably no worse a risk than Padilla was coming in
here last year. Injuries are an issue, of course, and there’s the
perception that Daniels is going to the Philly well yet again. I
probably wouldn’t be upset with this at all. Would depend on the
dollars/years. Also, there’s that trade Mike Young or Tex thing. Young
ain’t happening. While I wouldn’t be happy about it, I could see Tex
going somewhere else, but I don’t think any Ranger fan wants THAT.

Kenny Lofton: Someone has to fill the void in center if
Matthews tests the market and finds something better. Why not a 48
year-old speedster? Should Matthews and Lee leave, the Rangers will
have a lot of question marks in the outfield.

My thoughts: Might as well bring back Julio Franco, too. Oh hey, I
hear Ricky Henderson is still officially not retired either. There’s
gotta be a better stopgap option than Lofton. The only reason to bring
him in would mean you’d make a major push to bring in Vernon Wells
after 2007. There is that quote of Wells’ saying that he and Mike Young
would be teammates eventually. As a Ranger fan, you have to like that.

Frank Catalanotto: Not only is he a former Ranger, but they
tried to trade for him this summer. Texas has pretty good outfield
options in Nelson Cruz and Brad Wilkerson, but stability and
flexibility with Catalanotto and Lofton makes sense.

My thoughts: Would strike me as the same return as bringing back
David Dellucci. I never wanted Cat to leave in the first place, but now
that we’re a few years removed, I’m not sure if there aren’t better
options there. Course our outfield is full of holes if all our guys
walk, so we probably could use a pickup like this. Not a problem with
it, but it strikes me as a sideways move.

The link above has some other ideas as to where the Ranger free agents will end up.

Carlos Lee – Astros
Vicente Padilla – Mets
Mark DeRosa – Phillies
Gary Matthews – Cubs

The report also has Alfonso Soriano joining DeRosa in Philly. The
only way THAT would happen is if Philly can move Pat Burrell, which is
no mean feat itself. I wouldn’t mind taking a flyer on Burrell down
here in Texas, provided Philly picks up a bunch of salary. Course
there’s that "too many times to the Philly well" idea again. :)

                              

                              
                           

                        

Victor Rojas is not going anywhere

                           
                              

Good, good, GOOD!
I very much like him, and didn’t want him to go. If you didn’t know, he
was up for the Arizona Diamondbacks TV play by play job. That is no
longer an option because the Diamondbacks just gave the job to Daron Sutton.

This is great news for Ranger fans, as I think Eric & Vic make a
great team. Plus if he left, we’d most definitely miss this..

GOING.. GOING… GONE!!!!
IT’S A BIG FLY!! 

I’ve gotten very used to Vic on the radio. Especially since I
listened to a lot more radio games in 2006 than I ever had before. I
always have preferred TV coverage, but now with a kid, you can’t always
devote 100% of your attention to the game when it’s on TV. With the
radio, I can be doing something else besides listening.

So I’m glad you’re sticking around Vic.  Glad to have ya.

                              

                              
                           

                        

2007 Spring Training Schedule

While the Rangers have not yet released their 2007 Spring Training schedule, some other teams have.  Since we have to play these other teams :),  one can glean a few of the dates from looking at the other teams’ schedules.  Here’s a few dates I’ve managed to find for the 2007 Spring season.

Times are AZ.

Tue Mar 06 1:05PM – Mariners – Surprise
Fri Mar 09 1:05PM – Cubs     – Surprise
Sun Mar 11 12:05P – Angels   - Surprise
Sat Mar 17 1:05PM – Mariners – Peoria
Wed Mar 21 1:05PM – Cubs     – Mesa
Thu Mar 22 12:05P – Angels   - Tempe
Mon Mar 26 7:05PM – Mariners – Surprise
Wed Mar 28 1:05PM – Mariners – Peoria

Mike Young is NOT defensively poor

I’ve seen a few artciles over the last year or two which claim that Mike Young is not a good defender.   One of my favorite sites just revived this silly notion in a report today on moves they’d make.   Here’s what they say:

Rangers: Trade Mike Young to the Orioles for Erik Bedard. OK, I justpulled this deal out of my ***. But in Bedard the Rangers get a 28
year-old who keeps the ball in the yard and has three years until free
agency. Young, while a great player, is poor defensively and will be 30
next year. He has two more seasons under contract at a very reasonable
price.

I’ve watched him day in day out for several years now, and I do not
understand this "poor defensively". I just do not understand it. I have
come to the conclusion that people who say things like that have not
watched him enough to have an informed decision on the matter. That
issue aside..

Mike Young straight up for Eric Bedard? Uh, no. If I’m moving Young
(which for the love of God I hope does not happen), then it better be
for SEVERAL players, not just one. And one of them had better be Bedard.

I’m a fan of mlbtraderumours, but not of this story.  Ugh.

Vicente Padilla, Carlos Lee file

To nobody’s surprise, Vicente "Show Me the Money" Padilla, and Carlos "Benji Molina can score on a ground ball to left from third" Lee both filed for free agency today.  I expect that neither will be back, although I don’t think I’d be upset if we brought back Padilla.

By my count that leaves Kip Wells & Jerry Hairston Jr left as Rangers to file.   Now Hairston was dfa’ed awhile back, but he’s still listed on free agent lists.  I admit that I’m not entirely sure on Hairston – does he HAVE to formally file, or is he automatically considered a free agent due to his being dfa’ed?  I don’t know.

I also thought of using "I never met a ball I didn’t want to dive for" as a nickname for Lee, as well as "let’s randomly hit the Angels" for Padilla.  :)

Luis Gonzalez?

This story says that the Rangers are interested in bringing in Luis Gonzalez.  Here’s what the article says specifically.

Texas, which recently fired manager Buck Showalter and has not hired a replacement, appears to be interested in Gonzalez not only as a left fielder and designated hitter but also as a clubhouse stabilizer.

Left fielder, eh?  Assuming that is true, I guess we can forget Carlos Lee.  Not that I expected him back anyway.  I would have thought Gonzo would have been brought in before Buck Showalter was let go.  I don’t really have a problem with Gonzo, but I would rather them bring back David Dellucci, who would fill the same role more or less.   Gonzalez’ 2006 numbers were .271/.352/.444.  I’d rather have something stronger than that.  Like Dellucci’s 2006 numbers of .292/.369/.530.  :)

It’s kind of interesting, as the most solid outfield player we have at the moment is Nelson Cruz.  Right now, our outfield:

  • Carlos Lee – I’d be stunned if he was back.
  • Gary Matthews – Filed for FA.  It’s a question as to whether he’ll be back, but I want him back.
  • Nelson Cruz – Under contract.  Most stable OF we have (contractually), oddly enough
  • Mark DeRosa – Could probably do a permanent OF position, its’ a question whether he’ll be back either.

That leaves us with holes all over the place.  Yeah, there’s probably some options in the minors, but I’m not sure if the fan base wants to put up with a 2007 outfield where the "other guy" we got in the Kevin Mench / CoCo Cordero trade is our player with the most major league tenure.  I think at least one of our OF FA needs to return.  If I had to guess, I’d say it’s Matthews, but I don’t have anything real to base that on.  I’m just "gut feeling" here.  Given how my playoff predictions went, that’s probably not worth anything.

One of my favorite sites has lists of free agents for left field, center field, and right field

Hey, Barry Bonds is looking for a job.  Seriously, if we "import" a left fielder, I’d rather it be Alfonso Soriano.

More players file

On the second day after the World Series ended, several more players have filed for free agency, bringing the total up to 89.  Several Rangers have filed, including Gary Matthews on Sunday.   

Here is my updated list of Rangers and former Rangers that have filed:

Red Sox: Gabe Kapler, Doug Mirabelli
White Sox: Sandy Alomar Jr
Twins: Phil Nevin
Texas: Rod Barajas, Mark DeRosa, Adam Eaton, Gary Matthews Jr, & Eric Young
Blue Jays: Frank Catalanotto

Braves: John Thomson
Reds: Royce Clayton, Todd Hollandsworth
Mets: Ricky Ledee
Phillies: Aaron Fultz
Padres: Rudy Seanez
Giants: Todd Greene, Mike Stanton
Nationals: Alfonso Soriano

I wouldn’t mind having Alfonso Soriano back to play left field next
year if it’s determined that Brad Wilkerson won’t work out.  But they
probably won’t take that gamble.  Right now I’d rather have Soriano in
left than Lee.

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