1. Jon Daniels has been vehemently (and correctly) criticized for some of the trades he has made as GM. But take a look at the last four major deals he has made and tell me if they don’t make you giggle:
Deal 1: Kenny Lofton to Cleveland for minor-league C/DH Max Ramirez (currently feasting on AA pitching at Frisco.
Deal 2: Mark Teixeira and Ron Mahay to Atlanta for C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, SS Elvis Andrus (next year’s shortstop, possibly), LHP Matt Harrison (just threw a no-hitter at Frisco), LHP Beau Jones and RHP Neftali Feliz (flamethrower currently playing for Clinton).
Deal 3: Eric Gagne to Boston for LHP Kason Gabbard, OF David Murphy and minor-league OF Engel Beltre (an 18-yr old freak – testimony here).
Deal 4: Edinson Volquez to Cincinnati for OF Josh Hamilton.
The man deserves to keep his job. I don’t care what anyone says.
2. A stab at what the Ranger lineup will look like circa 2010. This doesn’t even take into account what the Rangers might be able to get for Blalock or Laird, both of whom I’m assuming will be flipped, or some of the younger prospects, such as Beltre. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Daniels uses Milton Bradley as a trade asset this year to commit another Gagne-like heist.
C: Saltalamacchia, Taylor Teagarden, Max Ramirez
1B: Chris Davis
CF: Julio Borbon (2007 1st rd draft pick)
DH: Max Ramirez
I’m no good at projecting pitching. Someone else can take a stab at that.