Heyman On Beltre, Wilson, Orioles

The Rangers’ front office has recovered from some blunders (trading Adrian Gonzalez, for example) to become a group known for its shrewd decision making, Jon Heyman writes at SI.com. GM Jon Daniels and assistants such as Thad Levine and A.J. Preller had a successful offseason, acquiring Mike Napoli in a trade and signing Adrian Beltre away from the Angels, who play 45 minutes from the third baseman’s home. Here’s the latest from Heyman:

  • The Rangers are pleased with Beltre so far, according to president Nolan Ryan. "He's done what we'd hoped he do,'' Ryan said. Dave Cameron of FanGraphs recently made the case that Beltre has solidified his place as one of the best players in baseball.
  • One Rangers person says the odds are “40-60” that the Rangers will be able to re-sign C.J. Wilson after the season.
  • Yesterday I examined the moves that led to the Rangers’ second consecutive ALCS appearance.
  • Buck Showalter, who has flown to Texas, appears to be deciding between the Orioles’ GM job and their manager job, according to Heyman.
  • Blue Jays first base coach Torey Lovullo may not be a fit as Boston’s next manager, according to Heyman. However, GM Theo Epstein will consider candidates with limited MLB managing experience.


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25 Comments on "Heyman On Beltre, Wilson, Orioles"


3 years 10 months ago

CJ will re-sign with the Rangers. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rangers went after another pitcher too if they decide to keep Ogando in the pen next year. It could be Buehrle in FA, or they could attempt to trade for another starter if one becomes available (King Felix, James Shields, etc…).

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah I can see the Mariners dealing Felix within the division…

3 years 10 months ago

They dealt Cliff Lee with the understanding that he could re-sign with Texas. I don’t know if the M’s would do it, but Texas certainly has the prospects if both sides are willing to listen.
I’m not saying Texas should, but it’s a possibility.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

 They dealt him to Texas because he could have resigned there as an FA anyways.

Why would they deal a top notch pitch to a division rival when they will have to see him for 3-4 years?

no chance.

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

They wanted to sign him but didn’t want to over pay for him…what is wrong w/ that? There are way more reasons then JUST 1 player as to why they arent’ in the playoffs….I HATE when people make stupid comments like that….team game team win team loss

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Well, what’s wrong with it is that they wouldn’t have had to overpay. I’d say he was worth every penny of the $14 million he was paid this year. Agree though that it wasn’t the only reason the Angels failed (see: Wells, Vernon).

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

the $14m he was paid this year isn’t too much BUT 5/$90m is…..his contract is going to be a gross over pay the final 3 years of it…maybe 2

MadmanTX
3 years 10 months ago

I wish Wilson on the Yankees, not the Red Sox–they suffered enough. Wilson will wither in NY. He’ll wobble between good starts and getting shelled like in Game 1 of the Rays series. I’d rather see the Rangers spend the money on extending Josh and getting Pujols or Fielder to play 1B. Feliz can replace Wilson in the rotation next year.

3 years 10 months ago

I’m going on record as saying that every Rangers fan is not as baseball-dumb as MadmanTX.
Pitching is what the Rangers need. We don’t need more offense. Why in the world would the Rangers go after Fielder??? He’s an obese lifetime DH in waiting. He isn’t a good defensive 1B at all. We got Beltre because he has a great bat AND he is a top 3 defensive 3B in MLB.
Feliz cannot pitch in the rotation. He lacks the desire to for one. Do you honestly believe Feliz in his first year of starting would replace CJ?
We cannot go into next season with Holland as our ace.
Oh, and Pujols will more than likely re-sign with STL.

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

Maybe Fielder would sweat off some of the fat in the Texas heat?? haha

NYPOTENCE
3 years 10 months ago

Sure let’s not resign Wilson and sign someone better like E-Jax or maybe even Colon or Garcia.

I sure hope you have a replacement plan for Wilson,w/o him the Rangers would be home watching the playoffs.

3 years 10 months ago

You’re dreaming if you think Edwin Jackson, Colon, or Garcia are near as good as CJ.

You underestimate Jon Daniels. If the Rangers didn’t re-sign CJ there would be a back-up plan.
We also have some great pitchers coming up through AAA (Perez, Ross, Scheppers, and Ramirez) that will be here very soon if we can’t deal for an ace.

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

somebody couldn’t pick up on  Reign’s sarcasm….I think the Rangers will sign him and can afford it…

3 years 10 months ago

I didn’t pick up on it lol. I’ve heard people say before that Edwin was better than CJ, and they were serious.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 10 months ago

I’m sorry next time I’ll try to more clearly express my SARCASM……No, I do not think any of those guys are better than Wilson that is why I compared Average to below-average pitchers to a pretty good pitcher.

mwagner26
3 years 10 months ago

Texas needs him more though, don’t they?

Minorityfanbasewannabe
3 years 10 months ago

Hey dude our pitching was there… it just pitched to a 7.00+ ERA in september. 

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Eh, the lack of pitching was part of it but the fact is the players dropped the ball more than anyone. First 2 weeks of September it looked like they had all taken a vacation and decided to wait for the playoffs. The rest of the month they just couldn’t turn it back on.

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

How about the Angels don’t have a proven LH starter in their rotation…..now I will say I dont’ see them making a big push for him and pray they don’t b/c it WILL be an over pay by who ever lands him…

cookmeister
3 years 10 months ago

I think it’s just because they see them getting involved to drive up the price, and he is a SoCal native

Spaldingballs
3 years 10 months ago

White Sox did it in 2005. Doesn’t matter when you’re bad or good, just that overall you have the best record. A win is a win no matter what the calendar reads, unless of course were talking about the playoffs.

3 years 10 months ago

They still wouldn’t be in the playoffs.

shockey12
3 years 10 months ago

they probably would. Third was a black hole for Anaheim and they only finished a few games behind Texas. Not only do you have to add the couple of wins that Beltre would have given the Angels but you also have to take away the wins that he gave the Rangers instead.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

if they didn’t make the wells trade and added Beltre as an FA they most definitely would have been in the playoffs.

vtadave
3 years 10 months ago

Eh…

Callaspo had a .363 OBP and very good defense, so though Beltre obviously would have been an upgrade, LF was far more of a black hole for the Halos.