Here is Law’s overall assessment of the deal.
Ultimately, the Phillies got two highly regarded but flawed position player prospects, a high-probability starting pitching prospect who has a chance to be a solid No. 3, and a pair of depth arms. That’s a good mixture of quantity and quality for Hamels, exactly what they should have tried to get in this franchise-altering opportunity.
I picked the wrong night to go to bed early.
Was this haul really worth waiting for? Don’t get me wrong but, although they got a lot of bodies, I’m not sure they got the really high-upside guy they were holding out for. Williams has been pretty good in Double A but he’s just OK. Alfaro, despite his placement on prospect lists, looks overrated to me. Thompson is the best pitcher of the lot and he grades out as a middle of the rotation guy, at best. Time will tell, of course.
After months of ...
1. Michael Conforto, of, Mets
Update: Conforto raked at high Class A St. Lucie and has been even better since a promotion to Double-A Binghamton, slashing .317/.401/.518 in 43 games.
Prognosis: Drafted No. 10 overall just a year ago out of Oregon State, Conforto is forcing the Mets’ hand into considering a callup quicker than they would like. An inept offense and an injury to Michael Cuddyer have Conforto on the precipice of a major league stint and scouts believe his lefthanded bat and ...
Big midseason series.
The Rangers start the second half with a demanding nine-game trip.
They begin with three games against Houston. The Astros led the American League West for 88 days in the first half.
The Rangers have agreed to terms with 22-year-old Cuban second baseman Andy Ibanez, who was ranked as high as the No. 8 prospect in Cuba by Baseball America last year.
t fall and was granted free agency in February. Because of age and experience, Ibanez was subject to the rules of international bonus pools, which severely limited his negotiating ability.
Few teams had any money left in their 2014-15 budgets when he was made a free agent. The Rangers had a $4.6 million budget entering this ...
It doesn’t sound like his return is a sure thing.
Profar, who was not available for comment, is going through daily rehabilitation sessions at the Arlington clinic of team physician Dr. Keith Meister. He undergoes an MRI test about every four weeks and advances if the result is good. Daniels said the club is looking for ways to keep Profar engaged and avoid discouragement about his situation.
“Ultimately, it is extremely tough on these guys when they’re away,” Daniels said. “You try to ...
I don’t think he’s representing Kenny’s beliefs but maybe I’m not reading Kenny right. Intangibles are real. They are just really difficult, if not impossible, to quantify.
Some sabermetricians — I’m talking to you, Brian Kenny — dismiss the significance of intangibles, contending they are impossible to quantify and insignificant to winning.
Well, I wish Kenny could have heard Mets manager Terry Collins talk about the lift that David Wright gave his teammates upon meeting them at Dodger ...
This might mean a return of Joey Gallo.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton could be headed to the disabled list again, this time with a groin strain.
Hamilton had an MRI on Saturday but the results had not been revealed as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
Hamilton wasn’t in the Rangers lineup for Saturday’s game with the Angels. He came out of Friday’s game after the seventh inning.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Hamilton came out of Friday’s game a little sore but said Saturday was a ...
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson doesn’t like the Texas heat.
“No clue why you would ever want to pitch for the Rangers,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “The climate is beyond awful.”
The lack of a retractable roof at Globe Life Park is the one big issue that could force the Rangers to seek out a new home, whether in Arlington or elsewhere.
The Dallas Morning News spins the pitcher’s comment toward the factor that may make the Arlington ballpark “obsolete” after just 20 years: no AC.
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Ken Rosenthal’s latest.
This kid sure hits the ball a long way.
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Jorge Alfaro won’t be joining Joey Gallo in Texas any time soon.
After an impressive first week that included a two-homer game and a walk-off double, the other side surfaced again Wednesday. An MRI exam on Hamilton’s sore left hamstring revealed a Grade 2 strain. The prognosis: He will miss at least the next four weeks.
Sale was dominant. Joey Gallo was overmatched in his three AB vs. Sale before homering off Zach Duke.
The Rangers called up Joey Gallo to replace Beltre.
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre will miss at least two weeks after suffering a sprained left thumb and a cut that required four stitches in the fifth inning Sunday.
The Rangers said that Beltre was examined by team physician Dr. Keith Meister and was being fitting for a splint. The Rangers are off Monday and also have an off day June 8.
So far, the Rangers are getting the Angels money’s worth.
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Fan gets cheesed up over Fielder foul!
As the proud owner of Joey Gallo in my main fantasy league, this article’s videos get me all misty eyed. Get the tissues out Rangers fans!
“Today, I would like to announce my retirement. For the last 22yrs I have been doing what I love for a living. I feel blessed and fortunate”
I know 400 isn’t a huge milestone any more, but it’s a number where if the player was good at other things you go “oh that guy could hit some home runs, too.”
Actually, Josh, there is one person responsible for you…you.
“When you haven’t been yourself for a while, it’s not that easy to just flip back over and do it every time,” said Hamilton, who was 4-of-19 with two RBIs in Round Rock. “You need people around you that can remind you and help get you back to where you need to be.”
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