The Rangers and SS Elvis Andrus have agreed to a three-year, roughly $15 million deal before going to Thursday’s scheduled arbitration hearing. With three years of service in the bigs, Andrus essentially allowed his remaining three arbitration-eligible years to be bought out by the team. This prevents the Rangers and Andrus from going through the arbitration process in the future. With Andrus signed, the Rangers only have OF Nelson Cruz and C/1B/DH Mike Napoli left for arbitration eligible players. Continue reading
Hopefully you’ve had time for your Super Bowl heartbreak to heal (I preferred to see the Patriots beat the Giants, but that obviously didn’t happen), but here’s some Rangers news for you.
Today the Rangers signed two players – OF/1B Conor Jackson and LHP Joe Beimel (please click that link and tell me how scary Beimel looks, damn frightening!) – to minor league deals with invites to Spring Training today. Beimel may serve as the veteran left-handed reliever the Rangers are looking for with the departure of Darren Oliver. Don’t expect the Rangers to abandon their pursuit of lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez, however. Continue reading
Well, it has been a few days since the Rangers lost Game 7 of the 2011 World Series. Never in my life have I ever been so emotionally distraught. Some will say that we, as Ranger fans, should be happy that our team made it to the Series. While that may be true, the Rangers literally had the championship bounce out of Nelson Cruz’s glove. However, it’s time to move on and look back at the Rangers’ 96-win season. Continue reading
When rosters expand on September 1, all Major League teams can infuse their teams with reinforcements from the Minor Leagues to restock for the playoff run. In year’s past, this day has come and gone without much fanfare for the Texas Rangers. Now that the Rangers lead the AL West by 3.5 games, the September call-ups pose a real shot in the arm. Here are a few possible September call-ups that have proven their skills in the lower levels and are ready to prove what they can do at the Major League level.
Welcome to Texas Rangers Trade Rumors (or TR Squared)! There has been a lot of speculation surrounding the Met’s Carlos Beltran and a possible trade with the Texas Rangers. Ranger’s GM Jon Daniels has been quoted as saying Beltran would be a significant upgrade to their current revolving door that is CF. And, let’s be honest, an outfield consisting of Carlos Beltran, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz would be hitting a combined .280 with 50 home runs and 184 RBIs. DAMN! Who wouldn’t want that for YOUR Texas Rangers?!
Just a few problems:
1. Beltran has expressed a desire to remain in the National League. He’s been in the NL for seven years now with the Mets and says it’s what he feels most comfortable with. He has not played in the AL since 2004 with the Kansas City Royals and does not feel like a return is in his best interest. He does not see his future role being that of a DH either and wants to remain in the field full-time.
2. Beltran does not want to shift to CF and would rather remain in RF. The Ranger’s need is for a rangy CF and they like the idea of keeping Josh (and his accident-prone body) in a corner outfield spot. This is a minor sticking point, Josh can easily be moved back to CF and Nelson to LF to accommodate Carlos Beltran. But the fact remains, that this might not be an exact fit for Beltran OR the Rangers.
3. And here’s the BIG ONE: Beltran will be a free agent after this season and cannot be offered arbitration. That means the team he is traded to cannot receive Draft picks as compensation should he leave after this season. So, unless said team were able to sign him to a long-term deal, he would likely be a two-month rental. The prospects the Mets would demand would make Beltran’s price likely too high for Texas.
The Rangers have proven willing to accept “rental players” in the past but have also done so with an eye to the future. Carlos Lee was brought here in 2006 from the Brewers but also brought Cruz and two Draft picks. The Rangers paid a King’s ransom for Cliff Lee during last season’s playoff run but also wound up with set-up reliever Mark Lowe in the deal and two Draft picks when Cliff left for Philadelphia in free agency. With Beltran, the Rangers would very likely be left empty-handed come November.
Beltran is a great player and would be a legitimate upgrade to the Ranger’s outfield corps, but the strikes against him simply don’t equal a right fit here. Recent play aside, the CF platoon of Endy Chavez and Craig Gentry has proven to work well in Texas. We have the offensive firepower to win the AL West and return to the playoffs. The Ranger’s simply need bullpen help more strongly than they need an expensive outfield rental.