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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 | 7 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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Yankees intrigued by Elvis Andrus in search for Jeter’s heir | New York Post

Prospects are prospects. Will Profar ever pan out or will injuries derail his future?

Andrus’ eight-year, $120 million extension does not even begin until next season and runs through at least 2022. Texas would love to unload that deal as it searches this market for starting pitching. The Rangers can go inexpensive in the middle infield with some combination of Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar and Luis Sardinas. However, they would be more comfortable doing that if they knew for sure Profar was going to be healthy moving forward after missing all of 2014 after tearing (then re-tearing) a muscle in his

Jim Furtado Posted: November 11, 2014 at 06:49 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: elvis andrus, jurickson profar, rangers, yankees

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Alfonso Soriano retires from baseball

And, therefore, is not available.

Alfonso Soriano announced his retirement from baseball in a radio interview with Hector Gomez of Z101 in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old spent 16 seasons with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals and Chicago Cubs, hitting .270/.319/.500 with 412 home runs in more than 8,000 plate appearances. The Dominican native finished his career where it started—in the Bronx—and struggled through his worst offensive season since 2000 before being released in July.

“I’ve lost the love and passion to play the game,” Soriano said during the radio interview (via the Associated Press). “Right now, my family is the most important thing.”

The District Attorney Posted: November 06, 2014 at 09:18 AM | 87 comment(s)
  Beats: alfonso soriano, cubs, nationals, rangers, retirements, yankees

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Alex Rodriguez really, really wanted to be a Red Sox - Over the Monster

Alex, Alex, Alex! It’s always about Alex!!

Jim Furtado Posted: November 05, 2014 at 02:51 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: alex rodriguez, rangers, red sox, yankees

Tuesday, November 04, 2014


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sherrington: Jeff Banister’s back story as compelling as any in pro sports | Dallas Morning News

If this Rangers gig doesn’t work out, Jeff Banister should check with central casting to see if anyone’s making another epic about Patton. Or a John Wayne biopic. He fits the type. Tall, erect, barrel chest, lantern jaw, laser gaze. The son of a high school football coach, he used the term “men” 22 times at his introductory news conference. When it was over, I wasn’t sure whether to shake his hand or salute.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2014 at 04:35 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff banister, rangers

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pirates coach Bannister tabbed as new Texas Rangers manager - CBSSports.com

The Rangers have made their choice.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff bannister, managerial search, rangers

Sherrington: Why Rangers seem to be headed for a bold choice in manager hunt | Dallas Morning News

Jeff Banister and Kevin Cash look like frontrunners in a surprising turn of events. I say surprising because it’s not like they’re Tony La Russa and Jim Leyland. Going outside for a proven winner is one thing. Hiring a guy with less managerial experience than the candidate in hand is a scary, bold proposition.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2014 at 09:07 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: managerial search, rangers

Friday, October 10, 2014

Recap: Survivor: “Actions vs. Accusations”

Anyway, he’s still in good shape.

“It was well played,” John Rocker says, walking down the steps with the Idol in his pocket. “I enjoyed myself and was happy to have the opportunity,” John says…

I just can’t see voting John Rocker out at this stage in the season, other than to avoid awkward moments at mixed tribe social events. If you go along with John, he’s always a bigger target than you are, no matter who you happen to be. He’s always the person who will be viewed as the bigger threat or the bigger cancer. And maybe in the short-term he catches you a few fish and keeps you close in a couple challenges. But in the long-term, he’s a guy who couldn’t win a Jury vote if he went to 100 different “Survivor” Juries composed of 100 different Juries of his peers. He wouldn’t even win a “Survivor” Jury composed of nine Braves fans who only watched the 1999 season. Nobody would ever give John Rocker a million bucks and if he’s competing hard in challenges and helping at camp and your tribe sucks anyway? There’s no way they get stronger by voting John Rocker out…

That was my passionate defense of John Rocker in this situation. And I mostly believe it! You know what I also believe? That Sports Illustrated article came out in 1999. If, in 15 years, John Rocker hasn’t found a way to not fight back when people come after him about it? He can’t expect to play a game like “Survivor.” And if, 15 years later, he hasn’t realized that there’s a target on his back everything he does and he has to be thrice as polite and pacified as those around him? There’s nothing to be said. From the sexist grumbling after losing to his girlfriend to the inability to recognize the line between competitiveness and hostility, John Rocker couldn’t possibly have made it easier for everybody to take the assumptions they already had about him and transfer those assumptions to game strategy against him. He basically said, “You heard I was a monster… Well… I’ll be a jerk and that’ll confirm for you that I’m a monster.” That’s all under his control. Or it has to be under control if he was going to have any chance on “Survivor.” Jeff Kent was frequently reported to be one of the worst teammates in baseball, but he was mostly able to be an understated, mediocre “Survivor” player. John Rocker didn’t see any point in trying to be understated and so he became who the other players thought he was.

The District Attorney Posted: October 10, 2014 at 10:50 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: braves, indians, john rocker, rangers, rays, television

Friday, September 19, 2014

C.J. Edwards: The legend of the String Bean Slinger

This is from a few days back, but a great read on the Cubs’ top pitching prospect.

You cannot help but notice. His Mid-Carolina High coach first saw it. So, too, did the Spartanburg Methodist assistant coach who later hooked on with the Texas Rangers and scouted him in bush league games near Newberry. All along the way, his minor-league coaches shook their heads in disbelief. Once, in major league camp, Josh Hamilton, upon seeing him shirtless, questioned if the Rangers were properly feeding their minor-leaguers.

C.J. Edwards is skinny.

Not normal skinny. Rail-thin skinny. Icabod Crane-skinny. Twiggy-like. Mick Jagger-esque. Standing on a pitcher’s mound, Edwards gives the appearance of a broomstick with a hat resting on top.

Moses Taylor, Moses Taylor Posted: September 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, fat pitchers, prospects, rangers

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