Today’s Ranger thoughts

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
2B: Kinsler
SS: Andrus
3B: Young
LF: Murphy
CF: Julio Borbon (2007 1st rd draft pick)
RF: Hamilton
DH: Max Ramirez

I’m no good at projecting pitching. Someone else can take a stab at that.

2 thoughts on “Today’s Ranger thoughts

  1. Mario Post author

    I like it. The Rangers are ahead of the curve right now. Things are looking up.

    The pitching projections should include – send in the kids. Bring them up at the end of the season when the division deficit goes from four games currently to ten or eleven as it likely will in the long haul. Get the kids the experience. Give them a chance to carry the load in ’09, which may lead to a worse record, but they should be getting competent in ’10.

    Like

    Reply
  2. Mario Post author

    I like it. The Rangers are ahead of the curve right now. Things are looking up.

    The pitching projections should include – send in the kids. Bring them up at the end of the season when the division deficit goes from four games currently to ten or eleven as it likely will in the long haul. Get the kids the experience. Give them a chance to carry the load in ’09, which may lead to a worse record, but they should be getting competent in ’10.

    Like

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s