Lorenzo Cain, Because the Rangers Need Pitching

by Ben Dieter on January 6, 2018

The Rangers have ramped up their interest on free agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain acording to mulitple sources. That makes perfect sense since the Rangers already have five outfielders and desperatly need pitching. The thirty-something year old Cain has been good, not great. He would be a nice right handed bat to add to the line up, but it just doesn’t make sense.

The Rangers continue telling us that Delino Deshields is on his way to being a premiere center fielder, then they continue to block him in center field. It may make more sense if Shin-Soo Choo was about to exit, but he still has years left on his contract. They have Deshields, Choo, Nomar Mazara, Ryan Rua, Joey Gallo and Willie Calhoun all in the outfield. That is already six guys for three spots. Joey could move to everyday first base, and Rua could back him up there, but that still leaves four guys.

Adrian Beltre is going into the last year of his contract. Elvis Andrus could opt out after the 2018 season. Cole Hamels is on the back side of his career, and so is Doug Fister. They don’t have a closer, or a great bullpen. This team has a plethora of needs, and I would not put center field anywhere near the top.

While I think Cain is a good player and would be a good addition under the right circumstances, I would much rather see the return of Yu Darvish and another pitcher or two to help in the rotation and bullpen than Cain. It makes little to no sense to be pursuing him at this time.

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Rangers Positions: Short Stop

by Ben Dieter on January 5, 2018

Elvis Andrus had a career year in 2017, quite the opposite of Rougned Odor. Andrus hit .297/.337/.471 with 20 home runs and 88 RBI. He pulled in a career high 44 doubles, and he stole 25 bases. On the field Andrus was pretty good as well, comitting 17 errors and turning 107 double plays.Elvis has been talked about as overpaied and not a premium short stop, but I believe he is a late bloomer, sort of like Nelson Cruz was. Elvis had a previous career high of 8 in home runs before jacking 20 in 2017. He looked much more confident. He got married and had a son. He seems to be in a good place professionally and personally.

It sure showed up on the field in 2017 and I would expect it ro continue in 2018. Elvis relationship with Adrian Beltre is also one that is really entertaining to watch. The way they interact on the field and in the dugout makes baseball fun to watch, even in a down season.

Can Andrus improve on his 2017 numbers? I would be really happy if he would just repeat his performance from 2017. Pitching is the main problem for the Rangers going forward, and also swinging for the fences did not help their cause either. If Elvis can help the younger players slow down and take a few pitches, hit a few simgles, and walk a couple times, he could become the heart of this franchise when no. 29 retires. I have to say that short stop is in good shape for the forseeable future for the Texas Rangers!

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Rangers Positions: Second Base

January 4, 2018

Rougned Odor had a bad season. He hit .204 with 30 home runs and 75 RBI. He struck out 162 times, walked only 32 times. He comitted 19 errors on the field. He is also only 23 years old. Rougned will learn over time there is more to batting than just swinging for the fences […]

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Rangers Positions: First Base

January 3, 2018

The Rangers used a variety of players at first base in 2017, including Joey Gallo, Jurickson Profar, Ryan Rua, Drew Robinson and others. The point is, the Rangers do not have an everyday first baseman right now. Profar and Gallo both looked very good there. Ronald Guzman is an up and coming first baseman. The […]

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Happy New Year

January 2, 2018

2018 is upon us, which means we are less than two months from Spring Training! The Rangers had a bad 2017, capped of by the fact that the Houston Astros won it all. That means the Rangers were neither the first team in Texas to the World Series, nor the first Texas team to win […]

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