Should They Stay or Should They Go?

by Ben Dieter on October 19, 2016

derek_holland_at_minute_maid_in_august_2014.jpgThe Texas Rangers have some decisions to make this off-season regarding players. They have a number of free agents that they need to decide on. I know what I think they should do, and all I can tell you is my opinion, so that is what I am going to do.

1. Derek HollandDerek has been a Ranger for a long time and I personally have interviewed him on several occasions. I really like him, but he is not coming back. He has not been good since his big contract year. I expect the Rangers to let him walk and try to make a roster somewhere else. He has not worked out to what they thought he would be when they gave him all that money. See ya Derek.

2. Ian DesmondAlthough I would like to see Desmond wearing Rangers blue and red next season, I just don’t see it happening. He is going to get some offers that are more than the Rangers are going to be willing to pay for him. If he really wants to stay here in Texas, he can make it work, but I find the chances very slim. I think he goes to a big market somewhere for a lot of money. The Rangers will need to look elsewhere for another center fielder.

3. Carlos BeltranBeltran has said that he wants to play baseball next season, and he has said that he wants it to be here in Texas. The Rangers should have interest in signing him if the money is right. He can take the place of Prince Fielder. Will they get a deal done with him? Only time will tell. My thoughts is that there is a 50/50 chance of him resigning with the Rangers. I would kind of like to see it.

4. Carlos GomezGomez is another guy that really enjoyed his time in Texas, and has also said that he wants to come back and play here next season. Gomez is an interesting case. He was really bad with Houston, but really good with the Rangers. Do we know which one we would get with him next season? Nope. Is he worth the risk? I am glad I am not the one that makes that decision. I say there is a 55% chance that he resigns with Texas.

5. Colby LewisLewis does nothing each year but be a consistent pitcher on the mound. He is also consistent in the clubhouse. Colby is a fan favorite, and he is for a reason. People like him. He isn’t fazed by anything that happens on the field. He will be back, in my opinion. He was the best pitcher in a Rangers uniform last year. It will most likely be another one year deal, but I think the Rangers will get it done. I give a 90% chance that Colby will be back.

5. Mitch MorelandMitch has been a decent first baseman over the years, but not a good one. I don’t think he has been good enough to warrant the kind of money that he will want. Mitch probably wants to stay in Texas, but he also wants to get paid. It will be interesting to me to see if anyone offers him any kind of decent money. My guess is that someone will offer him more than the Rangers do, and he takes it. Jurickson Profar, Joey Gallo, Ryan Rua and others can hold down first, or the Rangers might go and get someone else to play the position.

I don’t know if I’m right or wrong, but this time of year it is always fun to speculate!

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How Did it End This Way?

by Ben Dieter on October 15, 2016

The Texas Rangers had a winning season. They won the West. They got the number one seed in the American League. They got to take it easy for most of September. They got t not even care about the last two games of the season. They had 3 days off to prepare for Toronto. It was looking like they were poised for a great October run.

The Blue Jays came to town and dominated the Rangers led by Cole Hamels. Then, they dominated the Rangers in game two against Yu Darvish. Two aces, two dreadful performances. Game 3 was a big one, obviously.  The Rangers called on Colby Lewis, the franchise leader in post season wins. Not as bad as game one and two, but he still did not pitch well. And then it was over. A horrible way to end a good regular season.

Now we sit here, a week later, wondering what happened. If we look into the numbers though, it is not as big a surprise as I thought. But as a fan, we want to believe in the team and not in the numbers. 

In August, the Rangers starters had an ERA of 3.89. In September/October, that shot up to 5.88. The bats didn’t do too hot either. They hit .257 as a team in Sept./Oct. Ian Desmond, Jonathan Lucroy, Mitch Moreland and Carlos Beltran all disappeared in late September. 

Was it seriously disappointing? Yes. Will we all get over it? Of course. Time moves on and 2017 will be a new year. 

I would like to personally thank all of you that took the time to read our posts, comment on them, interact with us on social media and enjoy the 2016 season with us. It has been our biggest year ever here at the site, so a big thank you to all of you. 

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Never Ever Quit

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The Texas Rangers slogan for 2016 is never ever quit. If you hashtag that on twitter, it now comes with a Texas flag at the end of it. Never ever quit is a good slogan, and the Rangers have lived by it in the 2016 season. Now it is time to see how real the […]

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Keys to Taking out Toronto

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Two Goals Down for Rangers

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The Texas Rangers had goals going into the 2016 season. The ultimate goal, of course, is still to win it all. There are, however, goals that must be met to make it to the Fall Classic.  The Rangers accomplished the first of those goals last weekend when they clinched the West for the fourth time […]

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