Monthly Archives: January 2020

Matt Duffy.

Ben Zobrist Lite.  That’s not a backhanded compliment to describe newest Ranger Matt Duffy. It’s to say he is one of those Swiss army knife players that adds value all over the field. His lifetime OPS+ is 98 after five seasons, meaning offensively he’s a tick below average, so temper […]

The Kris Bryant sweepstakes begins.

Well it seems the rules do, indeed, apply to Scott Boras. He sued major league baseball on behalf of Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant over the service time issue in the collective bargaining agreement. He wasn’t happy with how it was applied to his client. Apparently, he struggles with both […]

Two-weeks notice.

Whether it’s a good team, a bad team, or just a run of the mill team, it all gets started February 12 when pitchers and catchers report.  That’s two weeks from today. It will be the most anticipated pitchers and catchers reporting day in Rangers memory. Because this might turn […]

Empty shelves.

Once again, the Rangers made it to the altar. As bridesmaids but not the bride. They lost out on Anthony Rendon and settled for Todd Frazier. Like going for a Tesla and coming home with a used Dodge Lancer. They lost out on Zack Wheeler and settled for Kyle Gibson […]

All right.

Joey Gallo was on his way to a monster season until two injuries derailed it. Here was a guy who three seasons prior batted .040. A guy who had all the talent in the world but without the ability to harness it.  Before 2019, Gallo had been a frustrating mess. […]

Santana in center.

Every team needs a Danny Santana. A guy who can play just about anywhere, play it well defensively—or well enough for Rangers standards—and hits while doing it. He was part of the holy trinity of good fortune the Rangers uncovered in 2019, along with Lance Lynn and Hunter Pence. Of […]

Left is Willie’s.

Left field is Willie Calhoun’s. He’s worked long and hard for that, and now he’s earned it. Below him on the depth chart is Scott Heineman, who everyone is rooting will make the team as a fourth outfielder and becomes a major contributor. It’s asking too much for him to […]

Not so hot corner.

The Rangers depth chart at third actually looks more promising in the minor leagues than it does at the major league level. Well, promising in about three years. But that’s then. This is now. It’s Todd Frazier, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Nick Solak, and Danny Santana, all the way from center.  Solak played […]

Middle infield.

Danny Santana is going to be a busy man in 2020. Not only is he the Rangers’ starting centerfielder as of today, he is also the backup second baseman, backup shortstop, backup first baseman, and backup third baseman.  Who needs a depth chart when you have Santana? But the Rangers […]

Jeter and Walker are in.

Derek Jeter was vote into the Hall of Fame yesterday. So was Larry Walker. They were voted in by the Baseball Writers of America. There is not an organization that lacks more creditability that the BWA.  The fact that Jeter didn’t get 100 percent of the vote makes the BWA […]