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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Darvish not concerned after exiting spring debut | MLB.com

Tightness in the right triceps.

“I was working on my location,” Darvish said in a limited press conference afterward. “It didn’t affect my location or the command of my pitches. I felt it warming up and didn’t think too much of it. But it never loosened up.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 05, 2015 at 07:50 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Elvis Andrus of Texas Rangers ready to move past ‘rough year’ - ESPN Dallas

Seems legit.

After hitting a career-low .263 last season, which started bad after a difficult camp, Andrus said he reported to Arizona this spring in the best shape of his career.

“I really believe that,” Andrus said. “This year I took it a thousand times (more) seriously than I did the year before. It’s part of the growing part, knowing yourself, knowing your body a little bit more every year. I had a really good plan. Our bodies are our business. You have to take care of that year in and year out.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 04, 2015 at 06:55 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: elvis andrus, rangers

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The path. | Texas Rangers Blog | The Newberg Report

Some good stuff from Jamey Newberg.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 03, 2015 at 09:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, minnie minoso, rangers

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jurickson Profar to have surgery « Postcards From Elysian Fields

Former top prospect in baseball goes under the knife. This does not sound good.

The MRI taken on Tuesday in Arlington showed increased strain on the subscapularis muscle in his right shoulder from the previous MRI. As a result, he will undergo right shoulder surgery on Monday in Arlington with surgery to be performed by Dr. Keith Meister. The timetable for recovery and rehab won’t be determined until the extent of the surgery is known.

Update: Torn labrum

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2015 at 04:13 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Sunday, February 15, 2015

LeBreton: Forget sabermetrics, Rangers should be much-improved team

Good thing Daniel Okrent never dined at the Le Bretôn Française restaurant.

With the newsstand costs rising to $7.99, of course, most of the preseason periodicals truly are no longer worth the paper they were printed on. Yet, their popularity persists, because with the rise of fantasy baseball has come a surge of championing preseason projections, the fair-haired child of the game’s shotgun analytics marriage.

Spare me the emails. I enjoy baseball’s new math, and even agree with most of it.

But the projection algorithms are where I get off the sabermetric bus. If they were such good predicting tools, why didn’t you win your fantasy league last season?

Better still, why aren’t all the projection algorithm dudes raking in the cash in Las Vegas?

Because — to quote Billy Beane/Brad Pitt in Moneyball — you don’t know. The future doesn’t always repeat the past. Ask the local TV weathermen if you don’t believe that.

...The other variable that the projection equations appear to only be guessing on is what happens when a team’s youngsters suddenly grow up? Rougned Odor just turned 21. Elvis Andrus is still only 26. Leonys Martin is a young 26 in American baseball years.

Yes, the Rangers are laden with question marks. But there are a lot more could-be’s than probably-nots.

A good Einstein would see that.

Repoz Posted: February 15, 2015 at 08:10 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, sabrmetrics

Saturday, February 14, 2015

How new Rangers manager beat cancer, potential paralysis; what his tattoo says | Dallas Morning News

Sean, you need to get on this.

In fact, Baseball-Reference.com and Wikipedia still incorrectly list his birthdate as Jan. 15, 1965 — a year later than his actual birthdate.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 08:19 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff bannister, rangers

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Rangers continue to get good health news | FOX Sports

Reports on the Rangers walking wounded.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 11, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Monday, February 09, 2015

Schoenfield: Ranking the teams: 30 through 25

Due for a better year: Domonic Brown gets what is maybe his final chance to prove himself as a big league regular. An All-Star in 2013 when he hit 27 home runs, he fell apart in 2014 with a .235/.285/.349 line. There’s still some talent here, but how much?

Due for a worse year: Ruben Amaro Jr.

I’m just the messenger: Everyone has been predicting the decline of the Phillies for a few years and Amaro finally admitted that a rebuilding was in order. He’s been asking for a ransom for Hamels, understandably so because he’s really the only valuable commodity he has, unless Chase Utley agrees to a trade or Cliff Lee comes back and proves he’s healthy. The past two seasons were painful for Phillies fans, but 2015 could be their worst season since losing 97 games in 2000.

The final word: Hey, on the bright side the Phillies outperformed my prediction last year by seven wins .. and still won just 73 games. If there’s a bright spot, it’s the bullpen, led by closer-in-waiting Ken Giles (1.18 ERA as a rookie), which should be solid even if Papelbon is traded.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2015 at 11:57 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, diamondbacks, phillies, rangers, rankings, rockies, twins

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jon Daniels again shoots down Josh Hamilton rumors, Fan Fest crowd applauds | Dallas Morning News

Sometimes it’s a blessing when another team signs your player to a big free agent contract.

In December, Fox Sports reported that the Rangers were one of the teams that had “exploratory” talks with the Angels about trading for Josh Hamilton. Daniels quickly shot down the rumor and did so again on Saturday — much to the delight of the crowd.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 26, 2015 at 08:19 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, josh hamilton, rangers

Saturday, January 24, 2015

DallasNews: Prince Fielder in best shape of his life

Fielder, speaking before the club’s annual pep-rally awards banquet at the Dallas Omni, said all is well heading into Year 2. The rehabilitation work has gone well, and he expects to be a full participant when spring training opens.

“I could play a pick-up game right now,” Fielder said. “I’m 100 percent. … Whatever it was before, it’s back.

“I feel healthy. That’s the difference. I’m feeling really good and ready to go.”

Round is a shape…

Pat Rapper's Delight Posted: January 24, 2015 at 09:42 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, prince fielder, rangers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Yovani Gallardo gamble: Can the Texas Rangers get more from Yovani? | FOX Sports

Isn’t this the crux of the question? Without knowing “why” he made the change, all the rest doesn’t really tell us much.

It’s certainly possible that Gallardo made the switch because his four-seam fastball has eroded in quality to the point where he’s not capable of generating strikeouts anymore. And perhaps asking him to go back to that style of pitching would result in a disaster. But pitchers are tinkerers, and it’s also possible that Gallardo moved more toward the bottom of the zone because the Brewers catchers are among the best in baseball at expanding the bottom half of the strike zone. In a different environment, with different coaches and different catchers, perhaps we shouldn’t assume that Gallardo can’t adjust once again.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yovani gallardo

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sources: Rangers acquire RHP Gallardo in trade with Brewers | FOX Sports

The deal sends Gallardo to Texas in exchange for infielder Luis Sardinas, right-hander Corey Knebel, and right-hander Marcos Diplan.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 07:02 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, rangers, trades

Texas Rangers close to acquiring Yovani Gallardo - ESPN Dallas

No speculation on the Brewer return.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 19, 2015 at 05:38 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: breweres, rangers, yovani gallardo

Friday, January 09, 2015

5 bold predictions for the rest of the MLB offseason. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

Alas, nobody’s seriously expecting the 20-second pitch clock—the best of the pace-of-play procedures tested in the Arizona Fall League—to be instituted anytime soon, but one league source said the “one foot in the batter’s box” rule that was also tested does have some legs (pun intended).


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Joe Macko, Rangers “Ambassador,” dies at 86

Joe Macko, a 306-home-run hitter in the minors and the Texas Rangers’ longtime “goodwill ambassador,” died today at the age of 86, according to team spokesman John Blake. Says Blake via Twitter on this day after Christmas, “The club extends its deepest sympathies to Joe’s family.”

Macko was part of the Rangers family for a long time, having served as the home equipment manager from 1973 through ’94, when he moved over to running the visiting team’s clubhouse. He did that through 2001 before becoming, for some, the face of the franchise.

Most major-league teams have someone like Joe Macko, a constant ballpark presence and source of enthusiasm and welcome.  The story tells some of his interesting life, but not one central theme well-known to Rangers fans: the early death of his son Steve, a Cubs prospect, from cancer.  Joe Macko was tireless in charitable fundraising in Steve’s remembrance.

I would always make it a point to say hello to Mr. Macko at the ballpark: he was one of a cadre of presences there who were living links to the past (others included Bobby Bragan, Johnny Welaj, and Eddie Robinson and Frank Lucchesi, who survive).  And Mr. Macko had a good word for everybody.

BDC Posted: December 30, 2014 at 01:04 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Monday, December 29, 2014

Nine possible spots for Max Scherzer: Star FA without a team, or a rumor - CBSSports.com

Will Boras really be able to convince a team to go $200 million on Scherzer?

9. Yankees: Hal Steinbrenner has been weighing Scherzer for weeks, but in recent days indications are Steinbrenner still isn’t ready to dive in, and they’ve said as much. Many rotation question questions carry over from last season, and it appears that for now at least, talented youngster Nate Eovaldi is the answer to McCarthy’s departure. Their starting group could be very good, but there’s a lot of uncertainty, from Mashiro Tanaka’s elbow to CC Sabathia’s knee to Ivan Nova’s elbow to Michael Pineda’s ability to continue to perform. The issue is this: With a 50 percent tax for them, a $28 million salary for Scherzer would cost them $42 million, steep even by Yankees standards.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

The 4 surprisingly quiet teams of the MLB offseason

Perhaps the best move is….not to play.

Baltimore Orioles

Dammit, Orioles.

For the third straight offseason—and I didn’t really check the offseasons before that, either—the Orioles made it through the Winter Meetings without a major move. So far, it’s Wesley Wright and only Wesley Wright, and that just happened. Nick Markakis is gone. Delmon Young is gone. Cruz is with the Mariners. As of now, the top first baseman on their depth chart is Christian Walker, who had a .335 on-base percentage in Triple-A last year. The Orioles thought they were going to bring Markakis back on a four-year deal. Instead, they’re looking at Steve Pearce, everyday right fielder, and Alejandro De Aza, leadoff hitter.

Their needs are obvious: At least one more corner player. Could be a left fielder, right fielder, or a first baseman. If the Orioles want to keep Chris Davis in the field, their options are wide open for a DH. If they start the season with this permutation, it will be stunning. There just aren’t as many options as there once were, of course. Michael Morse is gone, Melky Cabrera was never a serious consideration, Billy Butler signed early, the White Sox scooped up Adam LaRoche ... it’s starting to look like it’s trade or bust for the Orioles.

Bringing Delmon back and waiting for March wouldn’t be much of an offseason plan. That isn’t what the Orioles are going to do, right?

Right?

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 18, 2014 at 05:06 PM | 37 comment(s)
  Beats: giants, hot stove, nationals, orioles, rangers

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Rangers added Russell Wilson to their Triple-A roster to keep other teams from taking him

Well, he does have a ring.

Remember when the Texas Rangers drafted Russell Wilson last year in the Rule 5 draft, then brought him into training camp as a motivational speaker? Well, apparently, the Rangers really really liked it: worried another team would copy them, they added Wilson to their Triple-A roster.

As a Double-A player—“player”—it would cost another team $12,500 to poach Wilson. Now a Triple-A “player,” it will cost another team $50,000, and they’d have to keep Wilson on their Major League roster for an entire season.

You can protect a certain amount of players at the Triple-A level, and the Rangers have chosen to keep Wilson instead of somebody else. Considering how few players get taken anyway, it’s a pretty small risk.

But the benefit they’re getting is protecting a famous person who is on their roster to talk to other baseball players for one day a year, on the off chance that another team decided to pay money to have that same player fill the exact same role—somehow seems even smaller than the miniscule risk they’re taking.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 10, 2014 at 11:47 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, rangers, rule 5 draft, russell wilson

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

As winter meetings begin, Texas Rangers focus likely Andrew Cashner, not Justin Upton | Dallas Morning News

Two years ago Jurickson Profar was the next big thing. Now the Rangers won’t have a clue about his worth until he proves he’s healthy.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 09, 2014 at 06:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, trade rumors

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Winning by losing. | Texas Rangers Blog | The Newberg Report

Jamey Newberg is happy the Rangers didn’t sign Tori Hunter.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 03, 2014 at 09:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers

Monday, December 01, 2014

Jim Bowden: Potential winter meetings trades (PAY)

BODES

Seattle Mariners | Los Angeles Dodgers | Milwaukee Brewers

Dodgers acquire: James Paxton from Seattle; Jean Segura from Milwaukee

The Dodgers have a lot of outfield depth and are looking to build with younger players as they seek a World Series title in the near future. Not an easy formula to make transactions. Matt Kemp has five years and $107 million remaining on his contract, and although I think it would be a mistake to trade him, the fact is that the Dodgers are listening to offers. The Mariners could offer them one of the best young left-handed starters in the game in Paxton to put in their rotation behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu. If they could pick up Segura in a three-way deal with the Brewers, they would have their stopgap shortstop until top prospect Corey Seager is ready for the majors (or is moved to third base). Segura, 24, had a down year, but should return close to his 2013 form, when he hit .294 with 12 home runs and 44 stolen bases. The Dodgers would still have Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford and Andre Ethier in their outfield.

Mariners acquire: Ryan Braun from Milwaukee

If the Mariners want to win the AL West next year, they have to acquire a big right-handed hitter to hit between Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager in their lineup, and Braun would be the perfect fit. GM Jack Zduriencik’s claim to fame when he was with the Brewers was his drafting of Braun, and he’d love to get reunited with him in Seattle. The Mariners have Chris Taylor—who could take over shortstop for Brad Miller, who would go to Milwaukee in this potential deal—and would still have a strong starting rotation with Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Roenis Elias, even if they traded Paxton. Of course, they would have to probably sign a midlevel free agent like Brandon McCarthy or Kyle Kendrick after a trade like this.

Brewers acquire: Matt Kemp from Los Angeles; Miller from Seattle

The Brewers had to be concerned with Braun’s loss of power during the past couple of years. Granted, it’s probably because of the numbness in his right thumb that they now think has completely healed. However, after watching Kemp the last two months of the season, there is no doubt that he would be an upgrade over Braun, and while they may lose some in the swap of shortstops, it would be worth it to have less risk with Kemp than Braun. In addition, the deal would send a wake-up call and be a clubhouse chemistry change to a team that collapsed in September.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Investigation will keep Rangers prospect Ronald Guzman in Dominican Republic

A court in the Dominican Republic has ordered Ronald Guzman, a first baseman and top prospect in the Texas Rangers’ organization, to remain in the country while his role in a fatal auto accident is investigated.

Guzman’s sports utility vehicle collided with a motorcycle at 1a.m. on Tuesday in his hometown of La Vega. The motorcyclist was killed.

Guzman, 20, was held for questioning and released after posting a $13,500 deposit. Guzman’s legal representative said he had not been drinking on the night if the accident and the motorcyclist ignored traffic signs.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 28, 2014 at 10:33 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: car accidents, fatalities, prospects, rangers, ronald guzman

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Darvish cleared to throw « Postcards From Elysian Fields

Yu Darvish underwent an MRI and a subsequent examination of his right elbow by Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday in Arlington. Dr. Meister reported that the MRI looked fine, and he has cleared Darvish to begin throwing on his normal schedule.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2014 at 05:24 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: rangers, yu darvish

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Grant: Old friends Jon Daniels, A.J. Preller attempting to make Rangers and Padres trade partners | Dallas Morning News

Mismatches in player valuations and needs make the best trade partners.

Jon Daniels has known A.J. Preller for nearly 20 years. During the course of their friendship, they have been roommates, classmates, teammates and colleagues.

They may be about to take the relationship to an infinitely more complicated level.

They are about to attempt to be trade partners.
....
“It helps from the standpoint that they value our players,” Daniels said. “But they are probably going to be less likely to choose the wrong ones.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: padres, rangers

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