Texas Rangers 2020/2021 Hot Stove

Discussion in 'Baseball' started by ViperHorn, Oct 31, 2020.

  1. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Trade action heating up while the Rangers try to figure things out. San Diego is obviously gearing up for a two year run.

    Pitchers and catchers report 10 February.
     
  2. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    Pitchers and catchers report in 28 days! :yippee:
     
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  3. ViperHorn

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  4. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

    Looks like Houston is losing Springer, that team is still probably strong favorites in west and for AL with Yankees but they are no longer the dominant machine of two or three years ago.
     
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  5. ViperHorn

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    Looks like a Houston/Oakland fight for the division. LAA should be in that group, but until they play somewhere near their talent level they will be third. Rangers and Seattle will fight to stay out of the cellar and away from the worse record in MLB.
     
  6. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

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  7. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Top 100 MLB Prospects:
    Top 100 Baseball Prospects
    Two on the list for Texas #63 and #78. The not so good news is there are multiple teams with multiple numbers above Jung. If Texas is going to build by going young we might all be dead before they contend again.
     
  8. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    Damn, Detroit has 5 in the top 25.

    It seems like over the last 20 years, the Rangers have mostly tried to draft what they thought were low-ceiling but high-probability picks who would move through the system faster. For example, they've long been averse to drafting high school pitchers early in the draft. More certain mediocrity was valued over more speculative greatness. That's going to lead to not having many top prospects.
     
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  9. ViperHorn

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    Per this morning's Dallas News looks like we were just dreaming about Spring Training beginning on time:

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  10. HornHuskerDad

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    ^Let's see what the players' union has to say in response.
     
  11. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    Is the NL use of the DH a permanent change?
     
  12. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    ^TBD. If I'm reading the tea leaves correctly, MLB wants it and the players are reluctant. I'm not sure why they would object - the DH is a great way to extend a career a year or two for a good hitter who has slowed enough to be a liability on defense.
     
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  13. ViperHorn

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    No. In fact, the Player's Association has already thrown it out once during these negotiations. They put it back in with the proviso of full 162 game pay for the 154 game proposal.
     
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  14. ViperHorn

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    Never mind. The Players Union said no. Expanded playoffs and NL DH seem to be the issues.
     
  15. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    The report from MLB is since the Players Union nixed the last MLB proposal that the season will go on as scheduled, and most importantly, that MLB will be the sole arbitrator in game cancellations/changes due to COVID. (Remember, no game means no pay for that game for the plaayers.)
     
  16. ViperHorn

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  17. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

    ^WOW! That certainly adds some pop to the Rangers' batting order, with Davis and Gallo. And it fills a short-term hole at SS for the A's. As a 5-and-10 player, Elvis could have vetoed the trade - so I guess he wanted the chance to be an everyday player.
     
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  18. FWHORN

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  19. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    I would go another direction and say slight gain for the Rangers. (1) opens up the infield to move Isiah Kiner-Falefa to SS and bring Jung up; (2) as indicated above the Rangers will not have to face Davis; (3) Davis is gone after 2021 so a long term solution to left field can be brought-up/signed.
     
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  20. HornHuskerDad

    HornHuskerDad 5,000+ Posts

  21. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    At this point anything to get the season going.
     
  22. ViperHorn

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  23. FWHORN

    FWHORN 5,000+ Posts

  24. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 10,000+ Posts

    The Rangers will be using 2021 as an extended tryout for both the players and Chris Young.

    Jung might start out at Frisco, but he will finish at Arlington since the Rangers have to know if he is truly the long term answer at 3B.

    In addition they have to find 4 starting pitchers and at least 3 relivers before the end of this season.

    With all of that going on they will probably keep Davis long enough to see if they can increase his value before the trading deadline.
     
  25. Mr. Deez

    Mr. Deez 10,000+ Posts

    I don't think the Davis/Elvis move is bad. Elvis brought a lot to this team for a long time, but we're in full rebuilding mode, and that's not a place for 32-year-old, especially with younger players like Kiner-Falefa taking a more prominent role and hopefully Jung showing up soon. Let Elvis play everyday somewhere and try to get back on track. As for Davis? Who knows? I'd love to see him revive his career here, but even if he doesn't, I'm basically OK with the deal. Maybe one of the prospects will do something.
     
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