Where the Texas Rangers Need Help

by Ben Dieter on November 27, 2015

robinson chirinosThe Texas Rangers have already made some off-season moves and have officially made their 40 man roster. We all know that will be subject to change depending on any more players or prospects that they may bring in over the winter months.

One position that I believe the Texas Rangers need to look for more help over the winter is at catcher. Robinson Chirinos, while he did a pretty decent job last season, but I don’t know that the Rangers see him as the long term answer in my opinion. The only back up the Texas Rangers have right now is Chris Gimenez, whom I happen to like, but he is not a future all-star or anything. The Texas Ranger also have Brett Nicholas and Patrick Cantwell at Round Rock. So who will even be available this off-season?


There are a lot of former Rangers out there right now, names like A.J. Pierzynski, Geovany Soto, Carlos Corporan, and Jared Saltalamacchia, but I am not sure that the Rangers or Rangers fans would be interested in any of those players. Another name out there is John Jaso. Jaso does not have a lot of power at the plate, but he is pretty consistent with a .263 batting average.  He has a .992 fielding percentage behind the dish but he only catches 17% of runners. He would still be a veteran presence to consider in the off season.


Another name to consider for the Texas Rangers is Dioner Navarro. He has a career .255 batting average, and he hits a few more long balls than Jaso with his average being 13 per season. He has a .992 fielding percentage and he catches 29% of potential base stealers. Navarro was most recently with the Blue Jays.


brett nicholasMy opinion (in case Jon Daniels wants it) is that the Rangers should go with Chirinos as the number one catcher and either bring in a Jaso or Navarro as a veteran prescence or let Gimenez and maybe Nicholas get a shot at being the backup. Nicholas has been in Round Rock for two season and played very well there, and I think he deserves a look at the big league level at some point soon. It will be interesting to see what they do at catcher this off season.





Texas Rangers News, Notes and Other Interesting Things

by Ben Dieter on November 20, 2015

It’s funny how sometimes life can get in the way of the things that you really want to do or the things you love to do. I have not had any time to write in the last month plus because, ever since I have switched careers, my time is spent either preparing for the classes I teach or getting certified to teach those classes. I love what I do, but the cost has been that the Ranger Report has suffered. I would really like to thank all of you all for always checking in with our twitter and our Facebook. We now have over 500 likes on Facebook and over 1000 followers on Twitter, something I never thought would happen when I started the site.


baNISTERThe Texas Rangers have a brilliantly successful season seeing where they finished up in 2014 and looking at the fact that they were missing Yu Darvish and Derek Holland for most of the season. The Rangers finished 2015 with 88 wins and the AL West championship. They almost knocked off the Blue Jays to earn a trip to the ALCS, but just couldn’t finish the job. I was very happy with the season, and I will lead with news I know you all already know: Jeff Banister is well deserving of the AL Manager of the year. He turned the team around from worst to first in just his first season managing. The team really seemed to take on his persona of “Never Ever Quit”, and it showed. I feel like he is going to do a good job for the team for years to come.


Today the Rangers announced that Delino Deshields was the winner of the Rangers rookie of the year award. There is no surprise there, Delino had a really good season for the Rangers and was a great rule 5 pickup. He has cemented himself in center field so much that the Rangers dealt Leonys Martin away just a week or so ago.


Mike Maddux is now the pitching coach for the Washington Nationals, and that one came as quite a surprise to me. I don’t really understand why the Rangers decided to part ways with the pitching coach that had the most success  in franchise history, and a guy that was a part of 4 post season teams in the last  6 years. Mike wanted to stay, and I know all of the Rangers fans that I have talked to wanted him to stay, but he is now gone. Sometimes I do not understand Jon Daniels decisions, but I do trust him for the most part. It will be interesting to see how the pitchers react to a new voice in their ear this next season.


Yovani Gallardo rejected the Rangers qualifying offer and is now a free agent. This was not too big of a surprise, but I would have liked to have seen him stay. He was a solid pitcher for Texas last season, and he seemed to like being here. There is still a chance that the Rangers could bring him back, but I would be surprised if that actually happened.


nomar mazaraThe Rangers sured up their 40 man roster today by adding 4 players to it, they were Yohander Mendez, Jose Leclerc and Connor Sadzeck, and outfielder Nomar Mazara. That will protect those players from the Rule 5 draft.


The hot stove will be cooking all winter long, and I will be posting on Facebook, Twitter and Fancred all winter long when I am not writing something about it. Thanks for reading and be sure to follow us if you don’t!




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