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Postby WebHamster » Fri Feb 20, 2004 2:00 pm

ADDITIONS: C- Rod Barajas (FA from Arizona); OF - Dave Dellucci (FA from New York Yankees); DH - Brad Fullmer (FA from Anaheim); OF - Brian Jordan (FA from Los Angeles); RP - Jeff Nelson (FA from New York Yankees); SP - Kenny Rogers (FA from Minnesota); SP - Glendon Rusch (FA from Milwaukee); 2B - Alfonso Soriano (traded from New York Yankees); 2B - Eric Young (FA from San Francisco)

SUBTRACTIONS: INF - Andy Fox (claimed off waivers by Montreal); OF - Juan Gonzalez (signed by Kansas City); C - Todd Greene (signed by Colorado); INF - Mike Lamb (traded to New York Yankees); DH - Rafael Palmeiro (signed by Baltimore); SS - Alex Rodriguez (traded to New York Yankees); OF - Shane Spencer (signed by New York Mets); SP - John Thomson (signed by Atlanta); SP - Ismael Valdes (signed by San Diego)

RE-SIGNINGS: RP - Francisco Cordero

SPRING TRAINING SITE: Surprise Stadium -- Surprise, AZ

SPRING TRAINING REPORTING/WORKOUT DATES: Pitchers & catchers (February 19/20); Position players (February 24); First full squad workout (February 25)
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Postby RancerDS » Sat Mar 27, 2004 12:46 am

Okay, after having drafted for a Roto league, I'll be bluntly honest. I really wasn't crazy about drafting anyone out of 25 picks by 6 teams, once Soriano and Blalock were gone. I was eyeing Teixeira, but wasn't willing to forgo the precious picks I made in the later rounds before him.

Looking at their depth chart, I think they are due for a horrible season, unless these young players make a distinct, rapid impact upon this team.. as well as pitching digging in to stay ahead or keep the undecided late-inning games close.

If the Rangers are a .500 team this year in a win-loss category, I will be VERY impressed.
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Projected Lineups???

Postby RB » Mon Mar 29, 2004 7:04 pm

1)Young
2)Soriano
3)Blaylock
4)Texeira
5)Fullmer
6)Greer
7)Mench/Jordan
8)Nix
9)Diaz

any other possibilities..
I think Blaylock and Tex will have great years ahead of them but are being forced into this lineup and that's alot of responsibility for a couple of sophmore's. howver, they were touted as the #1 and #2 prspoects before last year and they responded very well. unfortunately, the rangers pitching staff could be outdone by my sisters softball team.
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Postby Madison » Tue Mar 30, 2004 12:02 am

The hitting will be fine. I don't forsee much trouble. M. Young needs to learn to take a walk once in awhile and Blalock needs to learn to hit leftys, but all in all, not too much of a problem.

Ramon Nivar has a chance to take the center field job over Nix. He's a speedster and there's a chance he would lead off. If that happens, then Nivar should be a good pickup.

Starting pitching is a disaster. No new news there. I've been a Ranger fan all my life and I'm going to root for them again this year, but I don't think we are going to do very well due to the terrible starting pitching. There's a shot at .500, but it's a longshot.
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Postby RancerDS » Wed May 05, 2004 9:38 pm

Okay Ranger fans,

The last couple of weeks, I've thought about coming in here and facing up to how far off the mark I was regarding this team. Still, it's only early May, but they have impressed me far greater than I would have anticipated at this stage.

Chan is a bit of a disappointment from the stats end, but Kenny Rogers is looking awesome at age 39 (or is it 40?). R.A. Dickey really came on the last outing, so I've definately seen a team that can end up winning the division if all stay healthy enough.

Yes, I'm back to apologize and eat a bit of crow.... the Rangers are a much better team than the one I expected to show up on the field. Now, honestly, I would wonder have to wonder if they didn't finish at least 10 games above .500.
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Re: Eating Crow...

Postby Madison » Thu May 06, 2004 2:12 am

RancerDS wrote:Okay Ranger fans,

The last couple of weeks, I've thought about coming in here and facing up to how far off the mark I was regarding this team. Still, it's only early May, but they have impressed me far greater than I would have anticipated at this stage.

Chan is a bit of a disappointment from the stats end, but Kenny Rogers is looking awesome at age 39 (or is it 40?). R.A. Dickey really came on the last outing, so I've definately seen a team that can end up winning the division if all stay healthy enough.

Yes, I'm back to apologize and eat a bit of crow.... the Rangers are a much better team than the one I expected to show up on the field. Now, honestly, I would wonder have to wonder if they didn't finish at least 10 games above .500.


That's a classy move. I'm impressed. ;-D

I'm also a realist though. It is still very early in the season. I said back in March that I'd be happy with .500 (81-81) ball. Even though my Rangers have me a very happy man right now, It's too early for me to call for a division win (as much as I'd like to see it. :-D ). I'd prefer to see the pitching continue at a respectable pace and see how it all shakes out in the end. :-)
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