Q&A. 36 comments


Every so often, T.R. Sullivan answers fans’ questions about the Rangers on mlb.com. Here are a few questions he answered yesterday:

Q: Do you think Jon Daniels will be exploring trades from our depth of left-handed-hitting corner outfielders/designated hitters—Nomar Mazara, Willie Calhoun, Shin-Soo Choo—in order to get young pitching?

A: Yes. First of all, Daniels explores everything. Secondly, he has made it clear that the Rangers have some depth in the outfield that could be earmarked for pitching help. Mazara would definitely get the most in return, followed by Joey Gallo. Calhoun still has potential, but he is not likely to command a front-line pitcher. Then there is Choo. His once-forbidden contract is now down to two years, $42 million. That’s getting to be more attractive, especially to potential American League suitors, because he has been performing at a high rate. The idea that Choo had a “bad contract” needing to be unloaded has always been a dubious view, and it appears to be diminishing by the year.

Q: Since Beltre is now retired and Jurickson Profar is projected to take over at third base, do you expect his defense to improve? Or will the Rangers ask Gallo to move back to third, even though he doesn’t like it?

A: Expect Profar’s defense to improve drastically if he is anchored at one position. Profar has always been a physically gifted athlete, and also one with a high baseball IQ. That has allowed him to bounce from one position to another and thrive in the role, but the opportunity to stay in one spot has to be of great benefit defensively.

Q: Not that there is anything wrong with them, but do you foresee any upgrades to the Rangers’ uniforms in 2020 to go along with the new stadium? Except for minor tweaks, it has been a while.

A: Yes. The Rangers did that in 1994 when they moved into the Ballpark in Arlington and switched to the once-iconic red uniforms that many remember so fondly. Texas got away from that over the years, but it would seem a new ballpark is the perfect time to make multiple cosmetic changes to the organization. New uniforms should be on that list.

  • elkaba

    Of the dozens of things about the Rangers that need to be”fixed,” doing something about Profar playing 3B full time is like number 79 of the top 80 issues for me. In fact, I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do with a single, full time position.

    • dearmidol

      The most important issue to me is new uniforms.

      • Nathan Whitten

        The sarcasm is biting today. Red does it for me. But pink or powder blue would work as well.

        • Rowdy Yates

          For 2019 I think clown costumes will suffice for the Texas Rangers.

          • olegeezer

            the clown uniforms ought to be standard front office attire

      • WhoKnowscs

        Maybe they can get the shorts like the White Sox had, just don’t get Chris Sale. =P

    • Nathan Whitten

      One position should help him immensely. I just don’t think that 3B is it. Gallo Has played it for years, I’d like to see him there. However, he is probably the best OF on the Rangers. So, if he plays 3B, OF is weakened and Profar has no position. This raises question, could Profar play OF? He could stay at one place all year. But, it would have to be LF. Maz is in RF. Gallo is the only potential CF, unless an all-time favorite Tocci is used there(not serious). Soon who plays 3B will have a ripple effect on the OF. I would like to see them sign a good CF and use Gallo at 3B. That would still leave Profar without a place to call home. Maybe LF. Calhoun is not going to be a major league player. He can’t hit in MLB. He can’t field anywhere. How he became Dodgers #2 prospect is beyond me. They must have REALLY weak farm system.

      • elkaba

        Yeah, maybe so. And guess what? If the Rangers really wanted Gallo at 3B that’s precisely where he’d be playing. But like you said, given our current roster, he’s better for OF than he is a 3B, no matter where he prefers to play. In fact, had he not said a word about it, we’d probably have more folks liking the move a lot more.

        Moreover Profar’s arm and shoulder surgery recovery probably has as much if not more to do with him staying in the infield than any factor centering on Gallo. (And it’s probably Gallo actually expressing a preference that has any fans seeing red over the move. Neither of these guys is a shoo-in for either slot on most teams.)

        • JacobMcCandles

          Gallo expressing a preference is not the issue,,going public with and accooidating him at the detriment to the team is.

          • elkaba

            I haven’t seen any evidence of causality. In other words, I haven’t read anywhere where his request came before the move. If anything, they’d already started playing him in the OF before he spoke out about it. Could be nothing more than him making lemonade out of lemons. In any event, if this or any team were to move a player on so public a request, it’s the team at fault, not the player. But like I said, I haven’t seen anything to indicate his move to the OF was because he said he’d never liked 3B.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Don’t understand last paragraph…sorry. Last line. If you are committed to Guzman at 1B and you don’t want to play 3B where do you think he was going? But I don’t put it all on Gallo….imo it’s just a bad plan to play Profarless at 3B and weaken that position….as opposed to Calhoun in LF who is subpar but at a position that’s not as important

          • elkaba

            What I was saying is it sounds like you’re blaming Gallo’s move on him saying he never liked playing 3B. I don’t remember the timeline exactly, but I believe he said that AFTER they’d already started playing him elsewhere. So he might have been giving a positive, team-friendly response to a reporter asking how he felt about being moved from 3B to 1B or the OF.

          • JacobMcCandles

            OK

    • WhoKnowscs

      Even lower on that list(way lower than 80), and something many would not even consider a problem is changing the uniforms.

  • JacobMcCandles

    This subject fires me up more than most…one for the events and multiplied by fans. This notion that the Rangers are a Mgt group of Darth Vaders cuz we persecute Profar by playing multiple positions or we make poor Gallo play 3B when he doesn’t want too…..boo friggin who….if either improved their game they would have a permanent position. Profar’s semblance of versatility allows him to play. And where TR comes up with Profar having a high BB IQ is way beyond me…as all evidence points the other way.

    This is a better team with Gallo at 3B, Profar as utility, and Calhoun getting a chance. Now let me backtrack a tad, will Profar be better if he plays just one position…sure. Will it be huge, heck no. But this notion that its the Ranger’s fault if he doesn’t succeed is horse hockey. Man up boys and do what the team needs you to do…Have a conversation with Michael Young.

    • olegeezer

      if you ask mike young where it got him he will tell you,traded

      • JacobMcCandles

        Haha….good point. I remember fans running ol MY out of town….now there is reverence….fans are funny

        • calntom

          Just did not like to see the Washer batting Young in the 5 or 6 hole in 2012

          • JacobMcCandles

            Yep Wash could be loyal to a fault…..but he was also telling JD to kiss his arse with Profar……turns out Wash was right

  • JacobMcCandles

    Quote of the day:
    Winners worry about winners,
    Losers worry about winners.

  • WhoKnowscs

    You have questions? We’ve got perfect, committee composed press releases answers.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Heard of a rumor that Rangers are for sell

      • WhoKnowscs

        Maybe they’ll be like Billy Beane and sell it for 1 dollar.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Don’t sell us short…I think we can get two dollars

  • olegeezer

    does anyone on here really believe the rangers will actually sign a top notch pitcher who is healthy and under 40

    • JacobMcCandles

      Uh…….No!!!

  • calntom

    Here is a good read on what the club is doing. I bought into this December 2017.
    Can they stay on track? I hope so.

    https://www.mlb.com/rangers/news/rangers-rebuilding-on-field-in-front-office/c-301546860

    • Rowdy Yates

      Rangers have already rejiggered the FO, the coaches, the scouts, the training facilities and facilitators numerous times on John Daniels’ watch. Each time it looked like good progressive moves and they did result in a couple close calls for WS rings. But no cigar and look where the org is now. And has been the last two yrs. But to me it kinda looks like an Astros copycat effort. I’m no fan of the team I loved calling “the Lastros” for yrs but am a fan of their approach and recent success. Would be nice just once to see franchises copying the Rangers wouldn’t it?

      • JacobMcCandles

        Shouldn’t that be World series winning Firststros?? LOL

        • Rowdy Yates

          Hah. I liked ’em better when they were the Lastros. I prefer to see them perennially finishing behind the Rangers … as they’re supposed to do.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Much as I hate to say…they have enjoyed a ton more of success than the Rangers….who are one of MLBs laughingstocks until Ryan and Wash and others showed up.

          • Rowdy Yates

            Forgot about Wash, the cocaine snorting, secretary skirt chaser that’s your managerial hero. It would’ve all been different if only he’d been managing the Rangers. In just about any other profession in today’s hierarchies he’d be on the street and is pretty lucky to even have a job as a coach. But I do agree about Ryan giving the org some needed credibility.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Hard to embrace you or anyone’s disdain for Wash……did he have imperfections? Of course. We all do when we fess up to the mirror….part of being human. But to deny his BB acumen and obvious success….diff conversation

          • possumrld

            The Astros have not enjoyed a “Ton more of success than the Rangers”. They were nowhere for the most part when the Rangers were doing well. But the one BIG difference is that the Astros finally did land the big WS ring. I suppose that seems like “a ton of success”, against no WS ring. But in reality, it is not really a fair measure for “success” over the long haul.
            Also the Astros looked pretty bad in the post season this year, so it remains to be seen if they can actually sustain their relatively newfound success

      • WhoKnowscs

        To me the proof is in the results. What time frame should we place on declaring this a success or just yet another gamble that doesn’t pay off?

        • calntom

          JD stated in the article:
          “We are PROBABLY a year away from starting to look at SOME different options for expanding the payroll.”

          They are going to probably expand payroll some for the 2020 season if the deals are the right fit for future. I.E. future being 2021 and beyond.

          My timeframe guess is 2022 or 2023 for the outcome.