Here’s an update to try to stay on top of the situation as much as possible – things can move real fast at this time of the year!
Hamels is out. 6 years for $144M to stay in the “City of Brotherly Love”…so much for wanting to test free agency.
And now the need for a true ace is even more prevalent with the loss of Colby Lewis for the season. (A big tip of the cap to Lewis for what he did coming back from a stint in Japan. That guy goes down on my All-Time Ranger Favorites list.)
Hopefully by the time you read this I will need to do another update to give you a back ground on the Rangers newest #1, but it might go down to the wire. With Hamels out, Greinke is now the big fish. Milwaukee is trying to tie him to a longer contract, but there is less of a chance that will happen than the Hamels deal. (But still a chance.) Josh Johnson, out of Miami, has taken the #2 place on the list and Cliff Lee has some how made his way into the picture. Imagine if Lee came back…
OK, stop. It’s likely not going to happen. In order for Lee to be wearing a Ranger uni again, JD would have to give up some prospects and take the majority of Lee’s backloaded 4-year $87.5mil deal or the Phillies would have to eat some of his contract, but really they want to offload that space for next year (especially considering what they just dropped for Hamels). The upside to that happening would be that we would have Lee for 4 more years. The downside would be less flexibility in FA in the coming offseasons. I wouldn’t mind his return though.
Greinke could still happen – Rangers are the front runner on that deal. Those pesky Angels are lurking behind us though. The Rangers almost certainly have to deal Olt, but Milwaukee has no use for a 3rd or 1st baseman, which is where Olt would play. The price may have risen for him to the point that Feliz may have to be a part of the deal. And it looks like he was just fatigued and made a strong start against Lee and the Phillies last night. He even homered off Lee to help himself out (though it wasn’t enough to secure a win).
The other possibility is Josh Johnson. He’s 28 and he has good stuff, but he hasn’t pitched well as of late. He is also a bit of health concern. I just don’t feel comfortable trading off some good, young prospects for Johnson. I could be way off though. If he can really help our rotation and be an ace in the postseason, then get him.
I know the Rangers will make a move. Which one? I don’t even venture to guess. JD is crafty! Just when you think you have him figured out, he pulls a rabbit out of a hat you didn’t even know existed in the first place. If I’m in Daniels place, I line things up like this: #1. Greinke for anything but Profar. #2. Johnson for anything but Profar and Olt and even Perez might be out on that deal, but that’s negotiable. #3. Lee, but only if the Rangers have to give up very little or the Phillies take some of his contract.
So that’s where we stand as of today. And just to be fully in the loop… Oswalt, though questionable in my mind, will make his next start. Perez will go to the pen. Feldman achieved another shot in the rotation (until a trade is made) and Feliz is two rehab starts away from his major league return, barring any setbacks.
Questions? Comments? Debates? Leave them in the comment section below and I’ll be happy to give every bit of knowledge I have on this team. (I’ve been a Rangers homer and baseball fanatic ever since I could remember.)