Rangers Sign Vladimir Guerrero

The Rangers officially signed Vladimir Guerrero to a one year, $5MM deal with a mutual option for 2011 today. Earlier in the week SI.com's Jon Heyman reported that the two sides were in "serious talks" about a deal worth $5MM with incentives. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan first reported the agreement and Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News added the specifics, noting that Vlad can earn more by reaching certain incentives.

Guerrero, 35 in February, is a career .321/.386/.568 hitter, though he's tailed off in recent years and had the least productive full season of his career in 2009. Vlad has hit .394/.471/.705 in over 220 plate appearances at the Ballpark in Arlington, though it'd be dangerous to make assumptions based on that sample.

Vlad, who only played in the outfield twice last year, was a defensive liability in each of the three seasons preceding 2009, so he'll serve as the club's primary designated hitter.

Ben Nicholson-Smith and Tim Dierkes contributed to this post.


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132 Comments on "Rangers Sign Vladimir Guerrero"


Guest
5 years 7 months ago

YES!

DarthVader87
5 years 7 months ago

Well that team has just gotten better, it’s going to be an interesting battle between them and the Mariners for the West this season if it keeps going this way.

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

you bet

xTheHalosx
5 years 7 months ago

Lol, didn’t know the AL west was just handed around to teams improving in the off season, they’ll still have to beat the angels. BTW I’ll cheer for Vlad when he comes up to bat Angel Stadium

DarthVader87
5 years 7 months ago

I don’t know man, that will be tough. I mean Matsui at DH can be as good as Vlad, but Chone and Lackey are big losses. That division is going to be rough and what makes it so bad is all of your division rivals are getting your players and filling in what holes they have.

xTheHalosx
5 years 7 months ago

Agreed its tough to lose Figgy and Vlad to division rivals, however I think having Abreu behind figgins helped his bat. Bobby and Aybar can lead off or Izzy when he’s in the line up. Besides cant argue that not signing aging Lackey and Figgy to long contracts is a bad thing in the long run

AngelsFan718
5 years 7 months ago

Just remember that this is what everyone said when the Angels lost Teixeira and K-Rod last year and remember what happened? Angels won 97 games and the AL West by 10. Over TEXAS. Oakland was supposed to be the big challenger and they flubbed. What makes you think Texas and/or Seattle won’t flub? On paper, yes, the Angels aren’t looking good. But in actuality, the Angels are still the same late-inning rally team they were eight years ago. I have confidence in the Angels.

saxonius1
5 years 7 months ago

THIS GUY for the Rec! See you in the ALDS Red SUX…

MadmanTX
5 years 7 months ago

It isn’t like the AL East where the title goes to the team that spends the most money.

strikethree
5 years 7 months ago

Well, that’s great… except the Angels outspent every other team in their division.

saxonius1
5 years 7 months ago

Keeping wishing buddy. Hate to break it to ya Red Sux fan but the Halos are still taking it…..

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

Angels need to wake up and smell the defeat

phizz127
5 years 7 months ago

Nice catch for Texas. Was hoping Baltimore would make an offer to him in time but I guess they will now set their eyes on Delgado. I definitely see the Rangers trying to compete more this season.

DarthVader87
5 years 7 months ago

There is still Delgado and Dye.

5 years 7 months ago

Nice pick up. And line up.

2B- Kinsler
3B- Young
RF- Cruz
CF- Hamilton
DH- Vlad
1B- Davis
LF- Murphy
C- Teagarden/ Salty
SS- Andrus

Rotation

Feldman
Harden
Holland
Hunter
McCarthy

rangerssd
5 years 7 months ago

Forgot Julio Borbon

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

I see Murphy as the odd man out. And I read that Borbon was going to start the year in CF batting lead-off.

MadmanTX
5 years 7 months ago

Yeah, Borbon is already slated to be the starting CF unless he messes up badly in spring training. Murphy will likely be the 4th OF. As for the rotation, I wouldn’t be surprised to see McCarthy out by opening day in a trade or maybe sent to the pen. Feliz will likely be the 5th starter in your lineup.

saxonius1
5 years 7 months ago

looks like a whole lotta strikeouts and a big lack of BB. Welcome to the world of double-plays Texas…

Ferrariman
5 years 7 months ago

Vlad is a lifetime .400 hitter in arlington right? Wow this is gonna be a nice offensive club

sodrock
5 years 7 months ago

he is .400 against Ranger pitching over the past 7 years. That isn’t saying much.

saxonius1
5 years 7 months ago

thats because he’s regularly faced crappy texas pitching…

JB3
5 years 7 months ago

So much for the Sox dealing Lowell to Texas… at least he isn’t in the AL East

phizz127
5 years 7 months ago

lol, you said it.

tjspring
5 years 7 months ago

If Josh Hamilton comes back healthy and in 08 form, holy holy..monster lineup. Theyre counting on alot of fragile players to pick up big loads.
West will be interesting.

DarthVader87
5 years 7 months ago

I actually kind of want the Sox to hold onto Lowell. I have a feeling Ortiz is going to be slow again this year.

JB3
5 years 7 months ago

While I wouldn’t mind see the Sox hold onto Lowell, I can’t imagine it would end well. Beltre would be constantly looking over his shoulder, Lowell would be unhappy not playing everyday, and ~$24M is alot of money for a DH platoon.

It depends on what the payroll looks like for tax purposes. If dealing Lowell means staying below the tax then I’m all for it.

DarthVader87
5 years 7 months ago

It’s going to be an interesting situation that’s for sure.

esdboston
5 years 7 months ago

There is nothing interesting about the group of aging, overpaid has-beens known colloquially as the Red Sox.

The AL East is even less interesting.

skoods
5 years 7 months ago

Anyone else wanna bet that LAA still wins that division? It’s just going to happen.

ARod's Ring
5 years 7 months ago

they not winning that division!

xTheHalosx
5 years 7 months ago

Why not? Can anyone off the top of their heads name the rest of the mariner rotation besides Lee/King Felix (w/o looking it up lol & not a seattle fan)? Seattle was last in runs in the AL last season, whos gonna help them in that aspect? I look for the Angels and Rangers to battle for the division. Who knows the wild card could be in the was this year.. not the east

Taskmaster75
5 years 7 months ago

Seattle had the lowest ERA in the AL (Say what you want about their stadium), and that’s replacing Morrow with Lee. Snell is also incredibly high in potential and could develop in that ballpark.

Who’s going to help them? I don’t know…..a guy with 6.1 WAR last year (Figgins) and a guy with a life time .821 OPs and .371 OBP (Bradley). Perhaps they need a bit more power, I can agree with that, but to say they won’t compete is a homer attitude. Who the hell knows, maybe Lopez gets it together and gives them power.

if you expect the Angels to remain the force they were last year, you are going to be disappointed. Fuentes is an awful reliever, and if you don’t expect him to crumble, I do. A 4.42 FIP with a 1.40 WHIP is anything but awe-inspiring. Kazmir is a question mark, and you have to hope Brandon Wood can stick at 3rd.

xTheHalosx
5 years 7 months ago

Lee is replacing Washburn/Bedard not morrow… and your right lopez might “get it together” but hell Wood can finally show his potential w/regular at bats and he will “stick” at 3rd, I doubt you know much bout the angels minor leaguers w/o just looking at stats.

Call it a “homer attitude” I call it optimism, but for now you sound like the homer. Which is fine, any fan will support their team.

I’d be lying if I said fuentes didn’t wreak havoc on my nerves, but hey he did convert 48 saves. Finally, don’t get me wrong seattle has improved and might be in it for a bit but you might be disappointed, just like the 08 season, when you probly had em picked to win the west too…

Taskmaster75
5 years 7 months ago

Actually, I am a Cardinals fan, so I don’t really have a stake in the division, but supporting your team is not the homer attitude I am referring to. I am referring to bashing the other teams in your division, but saying they didn’t get any help for their offense just seems like obliviosity (Is that a word?).

I’m sorry if my tone tried to insult you, it was like 2AM in the morning for me. Don’t ge me wrong. I would die to have Brandon Wood play for the Cardinals, but the Angels fans I have encountered just seem to expect him to instantly develop and help Morales keep the machine running, but I am not so optimistic with prospects.

xTheHalosx
5 years 7 months ago

Lol ok well my mistake for thinking you were seattle fan. Whille Kendry played better than the expectations most of us had Im not sayin wood will too, but I do look for him to have something like 15-20 HR 70+ RBI and good defence. I’m actually looking forward to the upcoming season, seattle and texas have improved to give the Angels some strong competition

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

Here’s some food for thought …If the Mariners pitching is so good can someone please tell me what happened between 08 and 09. In 08 Seattle had the 6th WORST ERA in all of baseball. In 09 they jump to the best ERA in the AL. Who was added? Nobody. 09 was a statistical blip – led mostly by Jarrod Washburns sub 3.00 ERA over 160+ innings. Next, what does Figgins bring to the table? Not 6 WAR’s – that’s for sure. Prior to 2009 his best EVER 3.2 – going back to 2004. From 2006 to 2008 he was a somewhat reliable 2.5 WAR player. By comparison, the player he is replacing averaged nearly 4 WAR over that same time span. So unless Figgins somehow manages to more than double his career average in WAR his signing is a net neutral proposition at best.Finally, don’t look at Seattle’s wins – check out their run differential. They easily outplayed their pyth by 10 wins. So, if you remove luck from the equation, the M’s have to improve 10+ wins in performance simply to get to the win totals they saw last year. I don’t see it. People are just star struck by big names like Figgins and Lee. When you stop and look at the Mariners team you realize they simply are not that good. They have 2 great starters, one decent, and a bunch of question marks. They could have the worst offense in baseball. They have outstanding defense but that’s really it. I think they will be an 85 win team – max. Rangers will win 87-90. The Angels will win 89-93.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

“the Mariners pitching is so good can someone please tell me what happened between 08 and 09. In 08 Seattle had the 6th WORST ERA in all of baseball. In 09 they jump to the best ERA in the AL. Who was added? Nobody. 09 was a statistical blip – led mostly by Jarrod Washburns sub 3.00 ERA over 160+ innings.”That isnt true at all. I will show you the changes08 to 09 differences+27 UZR/150 added in Center (Guiterrez)+21 UZR/150 added in Right (Ichiro moving there from Center)+14 UZR/150 combined between LFers usedOverall, -14.6 UZR and -4.6 UZR/150 from OF to +62 UZR and +18.1 UZR/150 from OF.Can you say extreme?Add to that- 28 starts from Carlos Silva- 20 starts from Miguel Batista+ overall average production from those making up those starts in place of the two limp arm pitchers without the ability to start. There is no “statistical blip” here. The Mariners defense is so strong that it will make a pitching staff. In fact, it can clearly be seen on the balls hit to the outfield.176/.171/.508/.679 – 2009 on Fly Balls (1699 PA).213/.206/.568/.774 – 2008 on Fly Balls (1597 PA).702/.699/.938/1.637 – 2009 on Line Drives (909 PA).734/.727/1.024/1.751 – 2008 on Line Drives (943 PA)When you are dropping 100 OPS points, you are looking at an extreme amount of runs suppressed. And a rotation of Felix, Lee, Rowand-Smith, Snell and whoever – well, they will be extremely strong again in 09.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

“the Mariners pitching is so good can someone please tell me what happened between 08 and 09. In 08 Seattle had the 6th WORST ERA in all of baseball. In 09 they jump to the best ERA in the AL. Who was added? Nobody. 09 was a statistical blip – led mostly by Jarrod Washburns sub 3.00 ERA over 160+ innings.”That isnt true at all. I will show you the changes08 to 09 differences+27 UZR/150 added in Center (Guiterrez)+21 UZR/150 added in Right (Ichiro moving there from Center)+14 UZR/150 combined between LFers usedOverall, -14.6 UZR and -4.6 UZR/150 from OF to +62 UZR and +18.1 UZR/150 from OF.Can you say extreme?Add to that- 28 starts from Carlos Silva- 20 starts from Miguel Batista+ overall average production from those making up those starts in place of the two limp arm pitchers without the ability to start. There is no “statistical blip” here. The Mariners defense is so strong that it will make a pitching staff. In fact, it can clearly be seen on the balls hit to the outfield.176/.171/.508/.679 – 2009 on Fly Balls (1699 PA).213/.206/.568/.774 – 2008 on Fly Balls (1597 PA).702/.699/.938/1.637 – 2009 on Line Drives (909 PA).734/.727/1.024/1.751 – 2008 on Line Drives (943 PA)When you are dropping 100 OPS points, you are looking at an extreme amount of runs suppressed. And a rotation of Felix, Lee, Rowand-Smith, Snell and whoever – well, they will be extremely strong again in 09.

Taskmaster75
5 years 7 months ago

Since Suzy did most of the heavy lifting :), Ill just add a few things.

They very well could have a terribly offense, the point is though. They don’t have to have a great offense to win. They already have a fantastic defense last year that will only get better with Figgins at the hot corner. Felix and Lee will continue to do what they do, and their young pitchers will get better, even more considering no more starts from deadweight Silva.

They do have a bunch of question marks, but what team doesn’t that doesn’t have a 170 million dollar payroll? I mean, the Cardinals are a top 3 team in the NL, and have a SLEW of question marks, same with the Phillies.

It’s not luck, there is a reason that team is built that way.

vtadave
5 years 7 months ago

Care to state why?

Losses: Lackey, Figgins, Vlad, Oliver

Gains: Matsui, Rodney

Mariners and Rangers look to be better. Now, I’m not ruling the Angles out by any means, but saying “it’s just going to happen” without any analysis is laughable.

johnsilver
5 years 7 months ago

How do the gains of Rodney, that equates to another on the seat of your pants guy like Fuentes and Matsui, another DH equal up to Figgins and Lackey? Rodney may equal out for Oliver, another setup guy since doubt anybody else that was a playoff team would have wanted Rodney to close, but Anaheim has not gone out and replaced Lackey and Figgins at all, while Texas has at least equaled Anaheim with DH acquisitions and Seattle has made leaps and bounds moves ahead of Anaheim this off season.Just standing back, looking ahead to 2010, one would have to call 2010 a pretty close 3 team race and close, nobody a favorite at this point, only because Anaheim has (so far) refused to do anything and it is really surprising. Not dicing on them, just thought that Arte would make some kind of play on Jason Bay and it surprised me when he did not.You Anaheim fans have a question for that have not asked.. Was it a surprise when Boston made that quick move on Lackey? Did that cause some problems for the post season plans?

skoods
5 years 7 months ago

Because they’re the Angels. They still have Hunter and Morales. They still have Aybar. They still have Kazmir, Saunders, and Weaver.

5 years 7 months ago

I think throwing Kazmir in that statement might be a bit premature considering he had 4.9 ERA last season.

phizz127
5 years 7 months ago

Angels? Doubtful. But I see a toss-up between Texas and Seattle… leaning more towards the Rangers though.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

They absolutely are still the favorites to win the division.

I like the Rangers but picking up Vlad is not going to do anything for them. The guy has been in SERIOUS decline for the past 2 years. On top of that his health is a huge question mark.

Here is who the Angels have lost:

Lackey – he is replaced by Kazmir. Over the past 2 years Lackey has averaged 170 innings and a high 3’s ERA. Kazmir can absolutely match that.

Figgins – typically a 2.5 – 3.0 WAR player. Last year was just crazy and he is unlikely to repeat. Wood can come in and provide 2.0 – 2.5 WAR next year. If not, Izturis certainly can.

Vlad – upgraded through the signing of Matsui.

Oliver – replaced by Rodney. I like Oliver better but given his age I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if Rodney beats out Oliver in ’10. That said, even if he doesn’t we are talking about 6th/7th inning bullpen spot.

On the positive side, the Angels can expect continued maturation of their young core (Morales, Kendrick, Aybar, Napoli, Santana, Saunders, Weaver, Jepsen, Bulger, etc).

If you think that Runs differential means anything then you have to explain where the Rangers are going to increase their differential by 80 runs and the Mariners by 175. There is NO way either team has made that kind of improvement or that the Angels have suffered those types of losses.

Suzysman
5 years 7 months ago

“Vlad – upgraded through the signing of Matsui.”

Vlad, going on 35 years old.

2006 – .387 wOBA
2007 – .393 wOBA
2008 – .373 wOBA
2009 – .343 wOBA

2006 – 2009, 549 Games, 2332 PA, .315/.375/.526/.901, 133 OPS+

Matsui, going on 36 years old

2006 – .381 wOBA
2007 – .368 wOBA
2008 – .348 wOBA
2009 – .378 wOBA

2006 – 2009, 429 Games, 1738 PA, .286/.371/.481/.851, 122 OPS+

I wouldn’t be so sure about that. Matsui has his own extreme issues, and had a very similar age 32-34 stretch to the one Vlad just experienced that you are critical of him over.

MadmanTX
5 years 7 months ago

Vlad might surprise if he spends the winter getting trimmer and then is willing to work with Hurdle in spring training a little. His numbers might even ride a bit higher this year by pitchers working around Josh to see if Vlad can still hit or not.

5 years 7 months ago

“Lackey – he is replaced by Kazmir. Over the past 2 years Lackey has averaged 170 innings and a high 3’s ERA. Kazmir can absolutely match that.”

Can Kazmir replace that? Yes. Will he? He is coming off a season where he pitched 150 innings and a 4.9 ERA so I think absolutely might be a bit of an over statement.

“Figgins – typically a 2.5 – 3.0 WAR player. Last year was just crazy and he is unlikely to repeat. Wood can come in and provide 2.0 – 2.5 WAR next year. If not, Izturis certainly can.”

Completely agree last year was a great for Figgins and there is a good chance he might not reproduce it but that does not negate the fact that you are losing that production. I feel it is safe to say that Wood or Izturis will most likely not reproduce that.

“Vlad – upgraded through the signing of Matsui.”

I could go either way on this. Vlad has declined since 2007 but was pretty much the same from 2008-09 if you factor in the amount of games played. Same HR rate and hovering around a .300 BA

The last time Matsui played over 100 games and came close to .300 was 2005. Also not to mention last year was his worst year as far as Batting Average goes (.274). His power stayed the same with good HR numbers but that could be masked by the hitter friendly park.

Health wise Vlad has an edge especially since Matsui has only average 107 games per year from 2006-09.

“Oliver – replaced by Rodney.”

You are talking about a guy who had a 4.4 ERA last season vs. a guy with nearly 3x many strike outs as walks with an ERA below 2.9 in the past two seasons. Oliver is by far better.

It is definitely going to be a competition for the West by saying the Angels are still the favorites based on that logic is bad considering the addition of Figgins, Lee, Bradley (who if you use your Kazmir logic of bouncing back to form) and a full season of Wilson at SS are a hand down better team than last year.

bjsguess
5 years 7 months ago

— Kazmir’s coming off an injury. What’s important is how he pitched post injury. He was downright nasty. While I don’t expect him to pitch anywhere close to how he did with the Angels – expecting a high 3’s ERA and 170 innings is not being overly optimistic.

— We need to replace 2.5 – 3.0 wins with the loss of Figgins. I am extremely confident that Wood + Izturis can get us to 2 wins (on the low side). Net loss, sure. Huge loss – absolutely not.

— Matsui is no picture of health. Knee surgeries tend to wipe you out. However, he had a great year in 09, but one that was within his statistical range. While I don’t expect an OPS over 875 from him – I do think 825 – 850 is very reasonable. Vlad last year was below 800. And his decline over 2 years has been incredibly steep.

— Oliver and Rodney … Like I said, Oliver would have been my choice. Net, net though is that the change probably means very little. I still see Fuentes closing with Jepsen, Shields, and Bulger providing a strong back-end to the bullpen.

— Finally, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to plan on Santana regaining his form. This is a guy that posted a mid 3’s ERA just a season ago. Injuries killed him in 09. All reports are that he is healthy and ready to go. I would expect continued maturation from Napoli, Mathis, Kendrick, and Aybar. I expect some regression from Morales and Hunter. All in all, this team is very similar to the 08 and 09 versions that both won 95+ games.

crashcameron
5 years 7 months ago

three things Angels fans are denying:
1/ Lackey is a B+ or A- (which he will be in Boston) not a true A as in Ace, and they haven’t replaced/bettered that.
2/ signing Matsui means Bobby Abreu is a fulltime outfielder. Torii can’t cover THAT much ground (for much longer).
3/ spending that much money just to win the AL West has been a steadily diminishing return.

yes, they’ve been a great organization in recent years at producing a lot of young talent. they just haven’t been very good at adding the right pieces to put them over the top.

5 years 7 months ago

seattle will win the division, even though matsui is an upgrade over the declining vlad, angels dont have the pitching to compete and will probably finish last.

mccutchen22
5 years 7 months ago

woah, are you serious? Why in the world do you think LA would finish worse than OAKLAND?

Guest
5 years 7 months ago

HardenFeldmanFelizHollandHunter/McCarthyand… they’ve got the hitting for sure… between Vladdy being there and Hamilton likely bouncing back
definitely a 3 team race

5 years 7 months ago

If Harden can stay healthy and Feliz keeps pitching the way he did last season, this is going to be a scary team.

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

Missed the 5 in his .568 slugging %.

yankees28
5 years 7 months ago

How the West was Lost, by the LAAOA.

timdierkes
5 years 7 months ago

Sweet

5 years 7 months ago

While not a Rangers fans , I have always like Vlad! I hope his body holds up as he will feast on that park and produce with that line-up.

i picked Feldman as a sleeper in my farm round in roto last year. What kind of ceiling does this guy have? What kind of stat line do you Rangers fans see?

As an outsider to that division but an AL guy, I still say it is too early to count out the Angels. Just saying, you cant be the champ till the current one is dethroned and that could be as many as 162 games away. They seem to find ways to win.

5 years 7 months ago

Might they still want Lowell to play 1B if they don’t feel Davis is good enough? Davis only hit .238/.284/.442 last year.

5 years 7 months ago

Davis did start to hit after his return from his stint in the minors.

DarthVader87
5 years 7 months ago

Well it’s good to see it’s 5 million and incentive based for some extra. 7 million straight up was looking kind of crazy.

Yankeeboy11
5 years 7 months ago

This is really big for the Rangers. He fits good in that lineup and he hits very good in that Stadium. I can see him batting 4th behind Hamilton if he bats 3rd and they can put Cruz 5th or switch it around.

yankswin27
5 years 7 months ago

Am I the only one who believes that the Angels are still gonna be competitive in the West?

JerseyJohn32190
5 years 7 months ago

Nobody thinks they won’t be competitive. They’re still the favorites, the Mariners and Rangers just closed the gap.

xTheHalosx
5 years 7 months ago

No, I believe too lol

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

No. I still pick them to win the division. It just won’t be as easy this time around.

5 years 7 months ago

Do the Angels have the worst rotation in the division? Im saying yes.

NYYANKEES
5 years 7 months ago

THey ahve a good 4 man rotation its their 5th starter is a question mark

xTheHalosx
5 years 7 months ago

Really? How so?

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

What a ridiculous statement.

5 years 7 months ago

Okay then, I’ll put my money where my mouth is and post both Bill James and CHONE’s FIP predictions per 4 man rotation (please correct me if the names are off but I believe these are current):NAME BILL JAMES PREDICTED FIP-CHONE PREDICTED FIPKazmir 3.84-4.15Weaver 3.84-4.04Santana 4.24-4.36Saunders 4.41-4.72=16.33-17.27Braden 3.94-4.26Duchscherer 3.63-4.17Anderson 3.63-3.92Gonzalez 4.61-4.5715.81-16.92Lee 3.72-3.43Hernandez 3.41-3.34Snell 4.28-4.50Rowland-Smith 4.04-4.4615.45-15.73Feldman 4.56-4.76Harden 3.67-4.08Hunter 4.73-4.91McCarthy 4.58-4.6317.54-18.38So its the Mariners clearly followed by the A’s, then the Angels then Rangers. With the Mariners sterling defense, youd expect those real-time ERA numbers to drop drastically, same with Oakland. LAA & TEX arent in the same park in terms of defensive uzr’s so you’d expect those numbers to stay somewhat true. So yes, I was wrong, The Rangers clearly are the worst rotation in the division. However, the Angels are in no way shape or form fit to be called division frontrunners, its clear as day its Seattle who has that right, who will start to look better offensively once they sign a 1B. People saying “its a 3 team race” though, show some respect toward Oakland or else youre going to be calling them the leagues “surprise team” when many saw it coming, they were basically a .500 team last year (pythag W-L) and got better defensively and pitching-wise with Crisp+Duchscherer being added. If they grab a 3B then they should be viewed as serious challengers to Seattle.

S8P7W
5 years 7 months ago

Ok, nice little write-up. I’ll give you a “Like” for that :)
I knew Texas would have a worse rotation; the reason why I thought it was a ridiculous statement.

5 years 7 months ago

thanks!

UnfriendlyConfine
5 years 7 months ago

Bradley put up very good numbers in 2008 with the Rangers and only played 126 games, even though he spent most of the season as a DH. There’s no reason why a healthy Vlad couldn’t better Milt’s 2008 numbers in one of the better hitters parks in baseball.

MadmanTX
5 years 7 months ago

Pretty good news. I think it will make the lineup more like a typical Rangers lineup of feared hitters from Kinsler, Young, Cruz, Hamilton and then Vlad. Now, if only everybody stays healthy.