More arms. 22 comments


More depth for the pile.

The Rangers picked up three more pitchers in this front office’s thirteen-year quest to develop just one good one.

They claimed Luke Farrell off waivers from Los Anaheim. Farrell is best known for being the son of former Boston and Toronto manager John Farrell. He’s a twenty-seven-year old righty who most recently pitched for the Cubs until he was released and picked up by the Angels. He pitched in the minor leagues for them before being released.  Farrell has Texas written all over him. In two starts and eighteen appearances out of the pen with the Cubs, Farrell rolled out a 5.17 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He did have a bit more success as a starter in Triple-A. But then so have so many others.

No stranger to frequent flier milage, in two seasons Farrell has now been with seven organizations: Kansas City, Minnesota, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, and Texas.

The Rangers also added Rafael Montero, who became a free agent at the end of 2018 when he refused his minor league assignment with the Mets. He is coming off Tommy John surgery and isn’t expected to be ready to pitch again until June, meaning September. Montero, also right handed, is twenty-eight, and has spent parts of the last four seasons pitching for the Mets, with a 5.78 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.

The third name is familiar. The Rangers brought back lefty Adrian Sampson. Sampson, you may recall, tore his right flexor tendon while with Seattle, got into just one game in 2017, then was injured again and finally released. The Rangers picked him up. He pitched well at Triple-A in 2018, and even had four decent starts with Texas in September. Despite going 0-3 in those starts, his ERA was 357 and his WHIP was just 1.06. He will compete for a slot in the Rangers rotation.

Neither of these three will take the Rangers over the top. They will at best fill in some of the 4,374 outs the Rangers must get in 2019.

Right now, though, the Rangers are like a rogue terrorist group in every bad movie—just trying to stockpile as many arms as possible.

 

  • Rowdy Yates

    Rangers sure look like a two bit terrorist group to me, and the weapons they’re stockpiling are BB guns.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Maybe one will be a Daisy!!!

  • GoRangers23

    That’s really depressing. I don’t care if they have already thrown this season away or not, it’s pitiful that they don’t care enough to get someone who at least seems like they could be competent enough to win some of the games they pitch in. I do not want a repeat of last year. I want a chance to at least try to win. I’m not expecting them to go out and get someone who is a proven winner, but I am expecting them to get someone who at least has a chance. I do not want to start every game thinking that there is no way we can possibly compete. I want to at least have a tiny amount of hope that we may possibly pull out a win. I do not see these last three additions helping us. These kinds of signings seem like they are working for a short time, but they seem to always let us down. This has gotten old. Is it too much to ask for them to hire pitchers who actually have a shot at winning? Can’t we have someone who is in the middle of the pack and not at the bottom? I love this game and I love this team, but it is going to get increasingly hard to watch games when we don’t have anything but broken pitchers to send out there night after night. It looks like JD is done. I really hope not, because I know me, and I know I will be watching most games regardless of how bad it gets. I guess I’m just feeling sorry for myself now. ☹️

    • elkaba

      As Wet used to remind us, it takes a ton of prospects to produce one winner MLB player. With pitchers, make that two tons. What we have to do to develop pitching is stockpile prospects, throw them against a wall and see which ones stick. It’s not pretty, but it’s baseball…

      • GoRangers23

        Oh, trust me, I am not fussing about prospects. We definitely need those. I’m
        frustrated about all the broken, older pitchers who have been let go from so many other teams. We don’t need them either.

        • GoRangers23

          Also, I don’t feel that great and my optimism has left the building. 🙂

    • JacobMcCandles

      As bleak as it is….the rotation potentially shapes up to be at least more competative than last yr. Lynn, Minor,Smyly,Volquez and a bunch of rookies (Maybe Holland) shape up to a lot better than last yr

      • GoRangers23

        It would still be nice to have one more who is a competent starting pitcher.

        • JacobMcCandles

          And a Major lge catcher,CF..power hitting 3B and a closer…stop there : )

          • GoRangers23

            Yeah, today my beef is with the pitchers. I’ll work on the rest on another day. Lo

          • calntom

            I hate to tell ya, but they are prolly already settled in CF for 2019, maybe closer as well, if you think they are going to have much call for that.

        • calntom

          Hear hear

  • JacobMcCandles
  • GoRangers23

    https://www.facebook.com/92931665383/posts/10161203253780384/
    Message from the Rangers to the Cowboys.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Does anyone know if the construction on HWY 75 around Allen is finished yet?

    • calntom

      I always use google maps for routing before and during trips. Takes the guesswork out of it. Also will reroute if there is a wreck or construction while you are driving

      • JacobMcCandles

        I have looked it up in the past…seems to not be updated properly……my only concern is I am going to try and take the 67 Caddy I bought to OK…but it would be suicide with 2 lanes up there and concrete barriers on both sides…last time there was about a 15 mile stretch with no place to pull over.

        Flip the scrip…almost got closer to you….Tiny house on Tawakoni only 30K on a 1.5 acres 100 yards from lake!!! Could’nt pull the trigger YET!!

        • calntom

          You may need a good plan to keep the meth heads out when you are not there.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Seriously? Is it bad there?

          • calntom

            Yes, it is a tough area, for sure. I rarely ever use a public ramp there. I pay 10 bucks to launch at 429 Marina. There are always retirees on golf carts keeping an eye on the joint.

  • calntom

    In a separate tweet, Heyman notes that the Rangers are also in the mix for top free-agent relievers and could be a serious contender for the services of Ottavino and Britton.

    • GoRangers23

      Unfortunately Zach Britton just went to the Yanks on a 3 year $40 M deal.