Hot stove league: Free agent shortstops. 38 comments


Once again, Elvis Andrus goes into the season with an opt out at the end of the year, meaning, once again, he could be playing his last season in a Rangers uniform.

Difference is, with Beltre retiring, now Andrus is the de facto captain. He is the revered veteran. The clubhouse leader. The elder statesman. Believe it or not, Elvis Andrus is now 30-years old.

We will be on constant “is Elvis leaving?” watch in 2019. He does seem to love it here. But with his comedy partner Adrian Beltre gone, will he continue to love it here? And will he still love it here at the end of what could easily be a 100-loss season?

We shall see.

Here are the available free agent shortstops, none of them on the Rangers radar. After Machado, the list gets thinner than Motel 6 toilet paper.

Manny Machado
Freddy Galvis
Jody Mercer
Jose Iglesias
Adeiny Hechavarria

Alcides Escobar
Jose Reyes
Andrew Romine
Pedro Florimon
Ramon Torres

Cliff Pennington
Andres Blanco

  • JacobMcCandles

    Just now as that Ellvis contract has become acceptable…i think having another kid persuades him to stay. “Motel 6 to” CLASSIC

    • Nathan Whitten

      I agree on all counts. I love analogies. They give clarity where cloudiness lives. Since I recognize none of the names on the list after Machado, there must not be any other high-demand free agent SS out there. And while Motel 6 may pinch pennies on their toilet paper, I am one that appreciates this chain of motels for having a very reasonable price. They are able to do this because they do not provide a bunch of frills that mean little to naught to me. They have clean beds, sans bedbugs, a TV with ESPN, and a shower with hot water. I really don’t care about the stuff that doubles the price of what I want. I can always use more TP, which is what happens when one pinches pennies in that department. Kevin, that is a classic, as Mr. Jake noted.
      Fortunately for the good guys, that list is of no importance. Boras will try to try to get Elvis to leave. I think he wants to stay…and will. I hope that he has a great year, which will up the ante, for if he can pick up where he left off before last year’s injury the Rangers will have one of the best 6’s in baseball. Elvis has grown stronger and can hit with authority. With Odor having an entire year like the great parts of last one, the Rangers will be strong in the middle of the IF. I hope Profar can handle 3B. If so, the Rangers will be strong all around the IF. Guzman intrigues me.

      I sure hope that talk of Elvis leaving does not distract from what might be a better year than most are predicting. All that is needed are 4 more starters like Minor, a rebuilt ‘pen to make up for the good one given away(I don’t know if they got anything for those good arms), a CF, and there you go–instant rival for Astros. It really could happen.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Had a friend that managed a Motel 6…you are right all the way..especially cleanliness. He had to ck off on every room and was audited monthly.

        Personally I have to have a room that has a comfortable chair….hate watching tv lying in bed..lol😎🍺

        • Nathan Whitten

          I never watch TV in bed either. I’ll spill beer all over the bed. I love those symbols you have. Can’t quite decipher them, but they might be saying what I am. Where do you come by those things…which have a name that escapes me?

          • JacobMcCandles

            They are emojis…..many can do it from their puter, I can only do it from my phone when posting….but Im not a puter dude. Did you say you were retired now? Which subject did you teach?

          • Nathan Whitten

            Everyone’s favorite–math..and I still am an adjunct. I am teaching calculus II at a nearby university.

            I am not a cell phone dude. I can use my computer a bit.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Were you not a teacher? If you don’t want to talk about it ok… : )

          • JacobMcCandles

            My parents are very religious as I am….so we were Home schooled. Problem was once Dad became so successful my Mom mailed it in and I stopped at around a 5th grade level….my education came from a avid reading of books, Baseball, movies, Music and a full time job since I was 14….guess I lied I said I wasn’t going to talk about my personal life…….called going the long way around the barn

          • Nathan Whitten

            Thank you. Sir.

          • GoRangers23

            I believe it’s actually e mo jee. I have two teenage sons and one a little older. That’s what they call it. I don’t think they are available on a regular computer or laptop. I think you only have them on a tablet like an iPad, iPhone, etc. On my iPad, there is a picture of a happy face on the bottom left corner of my keyboard. If I tap on the happy face, it pulls up all of my emojis. You just tap on the emoji you want to use, and it shows up where you are typing. ➗✖️ 🎓👨🏼‍🏫📐

          • JacobMcCandles

            Haha what’s the difference……..gee actually comes across better than jee (non word)

          • Nathan Whitten

            How is that pronounced?

          • JacobMcCandles

            e mo gee

      • dearmidol

        I, too, and a fan of Motel 6. This thin short stop market would make it seem that Elvis would find a good market, but most contending teams already have a shortstop. The only one that doesn’t is Chicago. Addison Russell is suspended and, in my opinion, over-rated.

        • Nathan Whitten

          Elvis leaving now is not an issue, is it? I assume you’re speaking of NEXT post-season. Why would he leave a budding dynasty for the Cubs? For real, if Elvis has an injury-free year and is able to put together a season like he started last year, he will certainly be an “in-demand” quantity. That goes regardless of whether next year’s SS market is thick or thin. Which means that he (Boras) could put the Rangers in a tough situation: overpay someone they love and trust, or let him go to Chicago, or wherever Boras finds a buyer. Then, shift Profar to his natural (and preferred) position. Then the Rangers only need to find the next Beltre. Gallo was supposed to go there, but apparently he is now an OF. I do not know if the Rangers have a good 3B in their system. If not, then they use “Elvis” dollars to buy one. Of course, real soon, the note will be due on Maz, Gallo, and Profar. Guzman has some proving to do and time to serve, before he gets expensive. The Rangers really have no choice. If they are going to win anytime soon, it will be with the core they have. Pitching will have to be developed and bought. Which just reminded me of something I wanted to ask. Is it out of the question to bring Holland back, now that the Giants “fixed” him? That would be one to go with Minor.

          • JacobMcCandles

            My opinion is to move Gallo to 3B and give Calhoun LF
            …Profar is below avg at 3b and is more valuable as utility man

          • Nathan Whitten

            I agree with all that you wrote. Gallo has played 3B for a while and is good at it. I really do not care if he likes it. Problem: Profar is not looking for a career as a utility man. What do we do? How does one time the trade? Maybe he is who the Cubs get instead of our Elvis?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Like Gallo, I don’t care if Profar likes it….you play good and earn a job…..Period

          • Nathan Whitten

            It is Gallo that bitched about it in the press. Profar may have also done the female dog.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Profar was the bigger complainer

  • Rowdy Yates

    Jake … was just notified via PM by another poster about your post yesterday of being offended by another poster’s supposed attacks on you and your family via PM. I’m guessing that poster is me. So here’s what you can do if you’re offended. You have my permission to cut and paste the entire series of half a dozen or so PMs between us on the subject of your public posts and the “family narrative”. If you do so make sure to post the ENTIRE thread in the order they were sent by both of us and do not post any threads beyond that thread from the dozens of other PM posts we’ve had the past couple yrs. I’ve got no problem with the things I said in those posts being public though I sent them to you as pms to respect your privacy and to keep the conversation and inquiry private. And maybe you could answer even one or two of the questions I asked about your public posts.

    • JacobMcCandles

      I did not share your name even though asked on here and via PM by two other people. Like I said before, I have no interest in perpetuating the conversation and nothing to gain or lose. Why would someone fabricate the things you accused me of…whats to gain? I would like to think I had thicker skin, but that cut. Life marches on and I guess you had your reasons…..we had dust ups in the past but I always respected you…then. I would ask you to move on, as I am. You or anyone else can choose to believe what they want. Lets just talk about BB..I have learned a lesson though..I will stop talking about my personal life.

      • Rowdy Yates

        If you have “no interest in perpetuating the conversation” why did YOU BRING IT UP yesterday? And please stop with the “I always respected you” nonsense. “FU ROWDY, Stubborn MFER” on June 2nd over a disagreement about Odor is RESPECT?

        Move on? You obviously haven’t moved on since YOU brought the pm exchange up. Just post the supposedly horrible pms you referred to yesterday. I’d welcome everyone here seeing them since you raised the issue. Let the members on site judge. But no, you’d rather whimper and pretend you’ve been wronged rather than let everyone here actually read the questions I asked you that evidently offended you so much. Questions BTW that you won’t answer.

        “Let’s just talk about baseball”. That would great Jake. Just Do It! Hey, that could be a catchy ad.

        • JacobMcCandles

          You win

          • Rowdy Yates

            No one wins when you start stuff like this Jake.

          • JacobMcCandles

            “I start” but thanks if we are done

  • GoRangers23
    • GoRangers23

      It kind of looks like it is wrapped in a fuzzy green scarf. 🙄

    • dearmidol

      I saw your post yesterday and did some digging. They are creating a park that lines the entire stadium. So what you are seeing are trees and grass.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Yeah the pic I saw yesterday was a lot more attractive,,,,,,anything is better than playing in sewage!

      • GoRangers23

        Yeah, but what are these things? This is what I think looks so weird. Refresh.

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8cbc15e80b2fa7dc947690f53d916f33362514b8f2febad4a501db6cae4515b.jpg

        • Nathan Whitten

          They are hobbit holes!..a bit more modern.

          • JacobMcCandles

            I see Gandolf…..or maybe Bilbo in a small hole

          • GoRangers23

            That’s exactly what they look like. 😄

      • GoRangers23

        It seems a little dangerous to put a park where children will be, where baseballs will be flying. I wonder what they will do about that?

  • GoRangers23
    • JacobMcCandles

      Thanks for the info Go

  • JacobMcCandles

    Off to Wing stop for the Cowgirl game!!!