Rangers Still Seek A Veteran Hitter

The Rangers pursued both Jim Thome and Manny Ramirez before they signed with the Twins and Rays, respectively, but that doesn't mean Texas has stopped looking for a bat. GM Jon Daniels told Anthony Andro of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he's still trying to add a veteran hitter to his lineup.

"If we can still look to improve we will," said Daniels. "One of the things we have looked at recently — it's no secret we were in on Thome — would be a veteran hitter to complement the rest of the lineup. How does that guy fit exactly? It's one of those things you might not be able to perfectly define in January."

Daniels declined to go into specifics about whether the team preferred a full-time player or a bench piece, though he did say that he doesn't believe Vladimir Guerrero is a fit because he still views himself as an everyday player. Playing time could be tough to come by since Michael Young will get most of the at-bat as DH, and Daniels said he has confidence in Mitch Moreland as the team's everyday first baseman.

Our Free Agent Tracker shows that players like Russell Branyan, Nick Johnson, Andy LaRoche, and Lastings Milledge remain unsigned.


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  1. start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

    Go after Branyan, he’s a chronically undervalued player.

    • Karkat 4 years ago

      And he plays first, which is basically their only position opening.

  2. Natinals 4 years ago

    Veteran hitter? Lastings Millidge? I dont think so

  3. chuy020 4 years ago

    I heard on a radio station in texas that chuck greenberg said that he was done looking to add pieces to the team. who do we believe? GM or Owner?

    • MadmanTX 4 years ago

      The owner doesn’t want to spend more money, but a sharp GM like JD never shows his cards and always has a possible deal to be made to try and make the team better. JD makes the deals, I’d believe him.

  4. JesseH 4 years ago

    They should bring back Blaylock he’s a former all-star and fan fav

    • MadmanTX 4 years ago

      I could go for that since it will be a part-time gig anyway. The Rangers still have Moreland and Chris Davis (if they do like they did with Nelson Cruz and give him yet another chance to crack the lineup…if Davis lights up in Round Rock like Cruz did in the minors), so MY is likely to be the DH…period. Hank might fit in as a bench player who can play a position and DH in a pinch…and likely be the guy cut when the Rangers need a roster spot around the trade deadline.

    • kdawg89 4 years ago

      He was actually hitting decent last yr. when Tampa released him. I was actually surprised they didn’t give him more of a chance.

    • johnsilver 4 years ago

      He looked awful with TB tho in limited AB’s for some reason.. Maybe he was hurting?

      Nick Johnson if he can be had cheap for some LH DH work and extremely limited 1B duty, then hope he can stay healthy. The rest, other than Branyan are not worth much at all and Milledge is another league head case anyway best avoided.

  5. The_Silver_Stacker 4 years ago

    Nick Johnson may fit with the Rangers if they use him as an everyday DH and i (most than likely) will sign dirt cheap.

  6. What about Mike Sweeny?

  7. coolstorybro222 4 years ago

    I find it ironic that a Mike Sweeney post is above this post.

  8. John LeClair 4 years ago

    What about Carlos Delgado isn’t he a few Home Runs shy or 300 or something? I heard he’s looking to still play, and he will only need to play every once in a while cause that’s all he can play. Also what about Jermain Dye I think he can still play and is vastly overlooked.

  9. Troy Glaus and Russell Branyan are obviously the two best choices available. Both can still play position. Glaus 1st and 3rd and Branyan 1st 3rd and outfield

  10. Flharfh 4 years ago

    Branyan makes the most sense, he could be had cheap, and his power would be amplified in Arlington.

  11. Yes, either Carlos Delgado or Jermaine Dye would be a good fit if they are healthy.

  12. I still wish the Rangers would sign another starting pitcher like Justin duchscherer. Starting pitching is still the Rangers weakness. Nothing is a sure lock after Lewis and Wilson.

  13. mattevilspawn 4 years ago

    Daniels and Vlad should just kiss and make up. 😉 Seriously though, Vlad helped take them to the WS. If he has to take a lesser role, he should just suck it up and do it. He could also spell a guy in the OF once in a while. Or the Rangers could stop flip-flopping on Michael Young and trade him already. And that would open up a full-time DH role for Vlad.

  14. You say Daniels and Vladdy should kiss and make up so they can trade Young and sign Vladdy as a full time DH. I dont think so!

  15. Bobby Boykin 4 years ago

    Vladdy is not going to be on this team. PERIOD! MY is a good fit for his position, and oh by the way, he had an off year at the plate last year and still went 20/90 (not bad). I would agree that signing a Galaragga or Duch. would be good, but they are not spending too much more money because of arbitration that is coming up on key players…ie Hambone. FYI-Manny would have been an awful fit here….

  16. westcoastwhitesox 4 years ago

    Rangers did well not going for Manny: he really looked done after coming to the White Sox last year.

  17. Twinkilling61 4 years ago

    There is no debating who is a better hitter, but Young is a much better team player than Manny. I wouldn’t touch Manny with a ten foot pole if I had a contending team. He looked disinterested and weak with the White Sox at the end of the year. Also, stats are only an indicator of past performances not future performances. So there is no certainty that Manny will keep up his career averages.

  18. Twinkilling61 4 years ago

    Manny did look terrible for the White Sox. I wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole. Young may have worse career numbers but he doesn’t look over the hill and stats only tell the past not the future. Young is also a much better team player and a better fit for the Rangers. A successful baseball team is more than just home run hitters.

  19. Seanb1223 4 years ago

    Couldn’t disagree more. Manny does not fit in with the guys in the clubhouse.

  20. MadmanTX 4 years ago

    Not really. They weren’t going to offer more money for Manny to be in Arlington as a part-time player…who’d likely complain about not getting more at bats to meet his performance bonus goals.

  21. Karkat 4 years ago

    Where would Manny have played for the Rangers? DH, and bump Michael Young to first?

  22. Pecos_Drifter 4 years ago

    no manny is a good thing…….

  23. mattevilspawn 4 years ago

    Completely agree. Manny/Damon are alright fits for Tampa Bay. They’re vet stars who will fill a few extra seats and are stop gap solutions to the loss of Crawford/Pena while the team rebuilds. (Not that they don’t have plenty of talent already.) I’ll be interested to see how Maddon handles Man-Ram.

    I couldn’t see Manny as a Ranger. Not with Nolan at the helm. It just wouldn’t make sense with the direction Nolan has had the Rangers moving lately.

  24. Michael Young sucks, huh? Oh OK.

  25. cookmeister 4 years ago

    so the nationals would sign LaRoche just to trade him to the rangers?

  26. I don’t want to hear the sentence

    “The Phillies had better check him out if they have nothing else in mind, because what they have now is not good enough.”

    ever again, you have 4 aces, whatever you have now is going to be enough…
    quit the b*tching

  27. PennMariner 4 years ago

    Ben Francisco career OPS vs. LHP: .806
    Lastings Milledge career OPS vs. LHP: .798

    What an upgrade that would be!

  28. PennMariner 4 years ago

    He’s talking about Andy LaRoche… a free agent.

  29. Which player has more hits over the past 5 seasons, Michael Young or Manny Ramirez? Which player can play 3 different positions in the field and which player can play zero? Which player is both a longtime clubhouse leader and fan favorite and which player is a selfish malcontent who has clashed with both teammates and fans alike? Which player has missed more games over his career due to injuries and strange excuses? Which player has one team stuck by for the majority of his career and which player has now been dumped like a bag of garbage by 3 different teams in the past 3 years?

    You can throw out all of the stat lines you want. If you honestly think that Manny Ramirez is a better fit for the Rangers than Michael Young and that Michael Young “sucks”, then you are the one whose opinion is crazy. There is not a single executive in the game who would take Manny Ramirez over Michael Young. Not one. Manny was willing to sign for $2 Million, and it took him this long to find a team. That should tell you something. Michael Young is definitely overpaid for his statistical output, but it doesn’t take away all that he gives to the team versus the problems that would inevitably come with Manny. It’s that simple.

  30. Shikikazu 4 years ago

    Last time I checked one is known as one of the greatest hitters of his generation and has two world series titles and numerous awards while the other puts up mediocre numbers for a player in a hitters park like Arlington

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