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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Gammons: Daniel Bard Is Willing To Endure The Frustration

The Cardinals last spring signed Bard to a two year deal which his agent Mike Milchin thought would give the organization time to see if they could ground him. His initial numbers with Palm Beach in the Florida State League (3 3 8 9 13 1) were not successful, but Director of Player Development Gary LaRocque and his minor league pitching staff decided to have him try a lower arm slot.

“In some ways, it’s a lot like what Andrew did—simply everything,” says Bard. In 2012, when struggling with his delivery, Miller, with the help of pitching coach Bob McClure, tried a delivery that was part slidestep, part of fire-the-ball-at-the-backyard wall step and fire.” Which, as we saw in October, helped him develop into one of the best relievers in the game.

Bard now just loads and fires from his low ¾ slot. On this video, shot by Woodard, one can see him registering 96 on the radar gun.

I’d love to see him return to his top form. Maybe not with the Cardinals…

villageidiom Posted: March 26, 2017 at 05:01 PM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: cardinals, comebacks, control issues, cubs, daniel bard, pirates, rangers, red sox

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sources: Rougned Odor expected to sign multi-year extension with Rangers

Two MLB sources said the Rangers were growing increasingly optimistic they would complete a contract extension for Odor before the end of spring training. The expected six-year deal in the $50-52 million range may only be lacking formalities. It comes on the heels of a much smaller deal for Chirinos, who signed a one-year extension with a club option earlier in the week.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, citing his long-held policy of not commenting on contract negotiations, declined to comment. Daniels has maintained the Rangers are in contact with the agents for a number of their players on conversations about the future.
Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, the six-year extension for Odor would total $49.5 million with an option for a seventh year.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 25, 2017 at 12:09 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, roughned odor

Sunday, March 19, 2017


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pay attention to Rangers catching prospect Jose Trevino - Minor League Ball

How do their shoe sizes compare?

Further offensive development is not impossible at all. The parallel that comes to mind is Yadier Molina, who like Trevino was a defensive specialist without a strong bat at first, but who maintained low strikeout rates as he moved up, got a major league job with his defense, and eventually developed as a hitter.

They even have the same height/weight data, both 5-11; Trevino is at 195 and Molina is 205 pounds, but when Molina was Trevino’s age he was also 195 pounds. Molina did have an age advantage in his profile; he was already in the majors at 23, though he hit just .216/.274/.321 (.595 OPS) that year.

But funny enough, the ZIPS projection for Trevino if he were promoted to the majors this year is .229/.260/.341, .601 OPS, which is almost exactly the same as Molina at the same age.

Hmm. . .

That doesn’t mean Trevino will turn out as well as Molina did, but there are parallels, enough that we cannot dismiss the idea that he will hit eventually.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 15, 2017 at 06:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: alex trevino, prospects, rangers

Monday, March 06, 2017

Engel: Rangers insulting Elvis Andrus with batting slot

Elvis Andrus should not be some bottom-two hitter.

It borders on insulting and demeaning.

Move him up. Elvis is good with it, and so is Daniels, who says the lineup is entirely up to the discretion of manager Jeff Banister.

The slots Andrus called home last season are for a defensive catcher or infielder. It’s not for a two-time All-Star shortstop whose price tag is $15 million per year. No “defense only” shortstop makes that much.

Andrus batted mostly 7th and 8th last season because he’d been terrible the two seasons before.  And moving him to 1st or 2nd because he makes $15M and deserves respect is not much of an argument.

That said, Engel has a point: in 2016 Andrus posted not only the best OBP of his career, but the best on the ballclub.  They might want to get him more plate appearances.

BDC Posted: March 06, 2017 at 09:24 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: on-base percentage, rangers

Is time running out for Texas’ top talents?

“Don’t hold it against these players,” Daniels said. “That’s on us. We promoted them aggressively because they were advanced in a lot of ways, and when you get to Triple-A at age 19 or 20 years old and reach the big leagues at 20 or 21, that’s unusual. The guys that hit and perform immediately are on the fast track to the Hall of Fame discussion.

“We’ve asked these guys to play out of position and in less-than-everyday roles, and that’s a challenge. The talent and the instincts haven’t gone anywhere.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 06:54 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, jurickson profar, rangers

Friday, March 03, 2017

Texas Rangers: The Rangers are creating an advantage over every team in baseball—and they’re doing it in the kitchen | SportsDay

We take you now to a moist, crisp spot at the very front of the Rangers battle to create a competitive edge on the field.
It is called: “The produce aisle.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2017 at 10:45 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mike Napoli, other MLB sluggers struggle in free agency | SI.com

Ben Reiter has some idea.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 28, 2017 at 07:10 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hamilton has left knee surgery, out 2-3 months

Hurt again.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2017 at 05:59 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: josh hamilton, rangers

Friday, February 17, 2017


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Texas Rangers: Why money might not be the only reason Texas could let Yu Darvish walk after 2017 | SportsDay

It’s difficult to pay ace money when a guy is only pitching 160 innings a year. Even if he tops 200 this season, I’m sure the Rangers will be hesitant to shell out top dollar.

The biggest issue is durability. He’s averaged only 160 innings over the four seasons he’s pitched, and he missed an entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He’s going to turn 31 during the season, which is usually considered late in a pitcher’s prime to become more durable.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Report: Mike Napoli agrees to 1-year deal with Rangers

Free agent first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, according to MLB.com.

The deal is pending a physical, MLB.com reported.

Napoli, 35, played in 150 games with the American League champion Cleveland Indians last season, setting career highs in homers (34), RBIs (101) and strikeouts (194).

This will be Napoli’s third stint with Texas.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 07, 2017 at 03:26 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers

Friday, February 03, 2017

Texas Rangers: Why a Valentine’s Day marriage makes sense for the Rangers flirtation with Mike Napoli | SportsDay

He makes a lot of sense.

Mind you, this is just theory. For now.

But here’s why I’m circling Feb. 14 as the day Napoli, the perpetual Bachelor, accepts millions of roses from the Rangers and comes back to play some first base, some DH and be part of the glue that holds the team together:

For insurance purposes, the Rangers must carry Prince Fielder on their 40-man roster during the offseason. In addition, Jake Diekman is out for at least the first half of the season while recovering from colon surgery. In effect, the Rangers have had 38 usable spots on the 40-man roster during the important roster construction phase of the winter. Pitchers, a position where the Rangers are trying to build up depth, take up 23 of the spots.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 12:57 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: mike napoli, rangers

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Rangers’ Jake Diekman to miss first half of 2017 after surgery to remove colon - CBSSports.com

Wishing Diekman well.

Ulcerative colitis is a disease that causes inflammation and ulcers in the digestive tract. Diekman has been open about his disease, and is involved with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Diekman hoped to delay the surgery until next offseason, but a flare-up over the holidays forced him to have the procedure now. From Fraley:
“It’s one of those step-away-from-baseball deals,” [GM Jon] Daniels said. “I know he’s a big-time competitor and is not looking forward to being away from the club. From a competitive standpoint, you hate to lose someone like him, but this is the right thing to do.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2017 at 08:55 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: jake diekman, rangers

Friday, January 13, 2017

Rangers sign right-hander Tyson Ross | MLB.com

The Rangers have not yet announced the deal, but Ross has chosen to sign with the Rangers over the World Series champion Cubs. Sources confirmed Yahoo!‘s Jeff Passan’s report that the contract is worth $6 million plus incentives.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 13, 2017 at 07:31 PM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rangers, tyson ross

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rangers Get Cheap Price On Cuban Infielder Luis Yander La O | BaseballAmerica.com

Luis Yander La O? Is that really his name? My database might not like him.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 02:41 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cuban free agents, rangers

Friday, December 23, 2016

Will the Texas Rangers make another Christmastime deal? | The Star-Telegram

“We’ve stayed in touch on a number of different fronts, but for the most part, it’s being patient,” Daniels said. “We need to add depth in certain areas. Between trades and free agents, there’s still a lot of opportunities out there for us and others.

“We’re just trying to talk through a bunch of different scenarios and trying to stay patient with things.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 23, 2016 at 08:54 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon daniels, rangers

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Joey Gallo, Yohander Mendez leading charge for Texas Rangers | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Third baseman—Joey Gallo, Round Rock (102 games), Texas (17 games): While Gallo’s struggles at the Major League level continued (one hit, 19 strikeouts in 25 at-bats), his .529 slugging percentage and .896 OPS ranked sixth in the Pacific Coast League while his 25 home runs were tied for third. It was a step in the right direction for the 23-year-old slugger, who hit .195 with a .739 OPS in 53 games for the Express in 2015, although his strikeout rate remained well over 30 percent.

“Like the last two years, [he was] a bit up and down [in the Minors] and at the big league level,” Tingler said. “He’s still a work in progress—has all the ability and talent and is just finding a way to get a little more consistency with the at-bats. We have very high expectations for Joey; there’s not a thing on the field he can’t do—run, throw, defend, hit for power—he can do a lot of different stuff.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 06:37 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: prospects, rangers

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Carlos Gomez, Rangers agree on 1-year deal | MLB.com

The Rangers have addressed their center-field situation by agreeing with outfielder Carlos Gomez on a one-year, $11.5 million contract late Tuesday night, Major League sources said.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 08:40 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: carlos gomez, free agents, rangers

Monday, December 05, 2016

Five reasons Texas Rangers could say no to Edwin Encarnacion | The Star-Telegram

So here’s a look at five reasons the Rangers could pass on Encarnacion:

▪ The Rangers don’t want to block Gallo’s path to the majors. They need to find out about him, and soon.

▪ The club doesn’t want to give up on him as it did Davis and miss out on all that power. Who is the only player in the majors the past five seasons with more homers than Encarnacion? Davis.

▪ So, Encarnacion has that kind of power, maybe a tad bit less, at 34. With a bunch of 30-somethings already on the roster, the Rangers wouldn’t be getting any younger.

▪ The qualifying offer, in its last hurrah, continues to be a factor in the Rangers’ thinking. Not to keep kicking this horse, but the Rangers have lost a lot the past two years in trades, and surrendering a first-round pick would put a dent in the farm system.

▪ Encarnacion passed on Toronto’s offer of four years and $80 million. He’s not going to come off that too terribly much, unless he falls into the same territory as Ian Desmond last year. That seems unlikely with all that power, plus the Rangers are committing their funds to pitching and center field first.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/mlb/texas-rangers/article118953613.html#storylink=cpy

Jim Furtado Posted: December 05, 2016 at 01:22 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: edwin encarnacion, free agents, rangers

Friday, December 02, 2016

Arlington, Rangers unveil timeline for $1 billion stadium project

I was certain everyone would want to learn about the massive efforts being devoted to #keepBDCcool. 

Aiming to open the Texas Rangers’ new stadium in April 2020, team and city officials now have a timeline for planning and building the $1 billion project.

In addition to hiring an architect, the Rangers expect to be interviewing structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultants by Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the city will start assembling its financial team, City Manager Trey Yelverton said.

The new stadium will replace Globe Life Park in Arlington, which opened as The Ballpark in Arlington in 1994. The Rangers have said they plan to redevelopment Globe Life, potentially with office, retail and dining venues.

The new stadium will be a neighbor of not only Globe Life Park but also the $250 million Texas Live! mixed-use entertainment and high-rise hotel complex that broke ground in late October.

The Rangers and developer The Cordish Cos. said the dining and entertainment venues are set to open with the 2018 baseball season, and the hotel/convention portion would open that fall.

Parking will be the usual paradoxical issue.  The two new developments are going up on the two main Ballpark parking lots, south and southwest of the current stadium, which (the plan is) will not be demolished.  If you build it, they will come; but if too many come, it will be impossible to get there.

 

BDC Posted: December 02, 2016 at 11:59 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: business, rangers, stadiums

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Texas Rangers: 10 things to know about Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara, including why he chose baseball over basketball | SportsDay

There is a lot of good stuff here.

1. His name is a mouthful
Born April 26, 1995, in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, Mazara’s full name is Nomar Shamir Mazara Jiminian. He was asked by lonestarball.com about his name: “Well, my mother and father just liked the names Nomar and Shamir, Jiminian is my mother’s last name.”—from Lone Star Ball’s report, Nomar Mazara-The Big Chill

Jim Furtado Posted: November 29, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: nomar mazara, rangers

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Texas Rangers: New Ranger Andrew Cashner on signing with Texas: It’s ‘the best culture in baseball’ | SportsDay

We’ll see how this deal works out.

Some players are better in certain situations than others, Daniels said. That is why the Rangers on Monday completed work on a one-year deal worth $10 million with free agent starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.

It is, Daniels said, a good fit.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 23, 2016 at 06:55 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Monday, November 21, 2016


Thursday, November 17, 2016

MLB is investigating an alleged sexual assault at Rangers’ Dominican academy

Both Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers are investigating a possible case of sexual assault that allegedly involved multiple players at the Rangers’ academy in the Dominican Republic.

Metro, a news outlet in the D.R., reported that three members of the Rangers’ Dominican Summer League team were arrested several months ago. Baseball sources said that four players allegedly were involved, and that charges have yet to be filed.

The players were placed on administrative leave under baseball’s minor-league domestic violence policy, pending the outcome of the investigation, sources said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 17, 2016 at 10:07 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: domincian republic, rangers, sexual assault

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