The Texas Rangers are still in talks with the Philadelphia Phillies about stud left hander Cole Hamels, according the Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. The Texas Rangers haven’t made a lot of moves this off season, and it would be nice if they could add a impact arm like Cole Hamels. According to Fraley,
“Hamels, 31, has worked more than 200 innings in six of the last seven seasons.”
Cole Hamels would make a lot of sense for a team that is not real strong behind the top two spots in the rotation. Yu Darvish and Derek Holland are going to be good, but after that we are all hoping that Colby Lewis will be good and Martin Perez will return to being good when he returns late in the 2015 season, but on the depth chart the Rangers have Ross Detwwiler and Nick Tepesch slated for the 4 and 5 spots.
Cole Hamels is owed a lot of money from the Phillies, around $96 million to be exact, and the hold up is that the Texas Rangers are wanting Philadelphia to pick up some of that bill. I hope that a little bit of money doesn’t break a deal that could be good for the Texas Rangers depending on who they would have to give away. Who would you give up for Hamels? Would you be willing to trade a Jorge Alfaro or Nomar Mazara? Joey Gallo? I may be willing to part with one of the top prospects, but I am not sure what the Phillies will take to move Cole Hamels, but I am guessing it will be a pretty big haul. We will keep our eyes and ears open and let you know if anything happens on this front. Remember, pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 20!
According to several sources, including Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, The Texas Rangers did talk to the LA. Angels of Anaheim about Josh Hamilton. Now while I would like to have the 2010-2011 Josh Hamilton back on the Texas Rangers, I am not sure if I want the current Josh Hamilton back. He is owed $90.2 million on the remainder of his contract, he has been oft injured, and he has not put up near the All-Star type numbers that he did while he was wearing Ranger red and blue. In his time with the Texas Rangers he hit .305 with a slugging percentage of .549, while in his two years with the Angels he has hit .255 with a slugging percentage of .426.He only played in 89 games last season for the Halos, and he seems to be saying all the wrong things again, kind of like he did his last season with Texas. Ken Rosenthal, the talks between the two clubs about Josh Hamilton “did not gain any traction”.
The Texas Rangers announced that they have signed right handed pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa to a one year, $1.1 million deal with incentives and an option for 2016. The 34 year old got into 15 games in relief for the Cubs last season, and he posted an ERA of 4.85 with 17 strikeouts and 6 walks. The Rangers are hoping that he will fit well in the pen along with guys like Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers, Neftali Feliz and others. Last season he was recovering from a 2013 Tommy John procedure, and that is why he pitched in so few games. I have high hopes that he will be a good option out of the pen in 2015.
Monday the Texas Rangers signed right fielder Kyle Blanks to a minor league deal. According to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Blanks is “a massive but injury-plagued right-handed hitter with power potential”. It is never a bad thing to have too many players at one position, and I do not think that Blanks will jump ahead of guys like Jake Smolinski, but we will have to wait and see what Spring Training brings us.
The Texas Rangers at the moment look somewhat like this:
C – Robinson Chirinos
1B – Prince Fielder
2B – Rougned Odor
SS – Elvis Andrus
3B – Adrian Beltre
LF – Jake Smolinski
CF – Leonys Martin
RF – Shin-Soo Choo
Starting Pitchers -
1. Yu Darvish
2. Derek Holland
3. Ross Detwiler
4. Colby Lewis
5. Nick Martinez or Nick Tepesch
cl – Neftali Feliz
That is what I think it would look like at the moment, but something tells me that the Texas Rangers are not quite done yet with making deals.