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Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby jfg » Thu Jul 10, 2008 10:50 pm

Should the Rangers be buyers and let that young offensive team win games on their own this year and buy pitching later or should they strike when the irons hot? They'd have to go out and get two pitchers to make it worth it but when your window is there you almost have to take it. Then again, they have a few pieces to deal that mean nothing to them for the upcoming years so they could really build a 2010 contender. Touch choice for the management but they have to move one way or the other.
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Thu Jul 10, 2008 11:32 pm

Nah. They should sell. The AL is so tough. They are 6.5 back of LA, and a couple games back of Oakland. Their runs allowed is also higher than their runs scored. So no, not worth it. In addition, they have no pitching depth, and going out and getting a couple starters won't help them much with that. They should turn Padilla, etc. into whatever prospects they can get and shoot for 2009/2010...
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby DSheppard » Fri Jul 11, 2008 12:56 am

if we had won tonight and gotten to 5.5 back on a hot streak.. maybe. but no, lost the extra innings crazy game, 7.5 out with a tough chicago series coming up.. just too far out to deviate from the plan.

rangers should sell this year, but watch out the next couple years... serious talent is being compiled, and some of it is in fact pitching

hurley/harrison/mccarthy at the mlb level. well, if mccarthy ever gets healthy. still a ways off, but neftali feliz, kasey kiker, blake beaven, michael main are high ceiling guys, especially feliz who throws 100 at times.......... then closer lesser guys like tommy hunter and thomas diamond...

and of course all the offensive guys. young is the only older guy.
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby Snakes Gould » Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:24 am

no way. you only "buy" when you have a chance at going deep in the playoffs and the rangers certainly do not. they need to sell their vets like padilla, millwood, and even milton bradley (while his value is high). build around kinsler and j-ham and keep stocking up on prospects.
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby MasterX1918 » Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:36 am

they don't really have anything to sell
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Fri Jul 11, 2008 2:36 am

MasterX1918 wrote:they don't really have anything to sell


Eh, Padilla could be worth something, with how bad the SP market is . And Padilla's actually pitched well this year. Catalanotto could be traded to a team with a need for a left-handed bench guy who can play OF/1B (Yankees come to mind; he could be a nice stopgap there until Matsui, etc. come back). Guardado could be traded to a team in need of a decent-to-mediocre setup man (Rays, for example). Milton Bradley has some nice value as a DH/OF, maybe to the Rays or D-Backs.. I'd say the Rangers have a lot to sell.

Not every team has a Sabathia or a Harden, obviously. But for the Rangers, selling off these little pieces could net them one or two prospects that could help them in a few years...
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby nsulham » Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:42 am

buffalobillsrul2002 wrote:
MasterX1918 wrote:they don't really have anything to sell


Eh, Padilla could be worth something, with how bad the SP market is . And Padilla's actually pitched well this year. Catalanotto could be traded to a team with a need for a left-handed bench guy who can play OF/1B (Yankees come to mind; he could be a nice stopgap there until Matsui, etc. come back). Guardado could be traded to a team in need of a decent-to-mediocre setup man (Rays, for example). Milton Bradley has some nice value as a DH/OF, maybe to the Rays or D-Backs.. I'd say the Rangers have a lot to sell.

Not every team has a Sabathia or a Harden, obviously. But for the Rangers, selling off these little pieces could net them one or two prospects that could help them in a few years...


Not to mention they have 3 young catching propsects in Salty, Ramirez and Teagarden that some teams (Red Sox in particular) would love to get their hands on.

That's why I think, either this season or in the offseason, you'll see a trade between the two teams. It's just a logical fit. Sox need a catching heir apparent to Varitek (which the Rangers have) and the Rangers could use some starting pitching (which the Red Sox have). Makes sense to me. Doubt you'll see Salty go but I could see a possible Ramirez or Teagarden for Bowden deal happening.
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby Havok1517 » Fri Jul 11, 2008 1:36 pm

No, they should sell mainly because they don't have the pitching. I'd look to trade Ramirez, Laird, and Byrd at the very least. Also, shopping someone like Millwood to a contender could possible net a very nice prospect.
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby hot4tx » Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:25 pm

Millwood's contract and recent injuries/performance might make him hard to get much out of. But I do think they might shop Laird around with Max/Salty to battle it out for the C job.


I hope they don't buy.
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Re: Should the Rangers be buyers?

Postby Havok1517 » Fri Jul 11, 2008 4:36 pm

hot4tx wrote:Millwood's contract and recent injuries/performance might make him hard to get much out of. But I do think they might shop Laird around with Max/Salty to battle it out for the C job.


I hope they don't buy.


Well, catching prospect Taylor Tegarden will likely force Salty to the DH leaving no space for Ramirez nor Laird. Tegarden is ready but was injured earlier which is why Ramirez was called up and not him. Teagarden is the better player though.
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