Rangers Notes: Fielder, Pujols, Moreland, Levine

9:25pm: The Rangers have interest in Fielder, but he's not high on their priority list, according to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Texas isn't seriously courting Pujols, either.

7:43pm: The Rangers announced that Mitch Moreland underwent right wrist surgery today and may not be ready in time for Spring Training. However, the GM Jon Daniels expects Moreland to be healthy in time for Opening Day 2012 and says the team won't need to change its first base plans drastically.

"We may look for some protection there now, but I don't see it changing the level of investment we're going to allocate there," Daniels said, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan.

Michael Young and Mike Napoli can also play first base for the Rangers if Moreland's recovery takes longer than expected. Though Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols are available on the free agent market, the Rangers say they don't have interest in costly options at the position.

Rangers assistant GM Thad Levine, who ranked third on MLBTR's list of GM candidates, announced that he is foregoing job opportunities outside of the organization, according to Sullivan. The Astros requested permission to interview Levine for their GM vacancy.


41 Responses to Rangers Notes: Fielder, Pujols, Moreland, Levine Leave a Reply

  1. Good news all around

  2. Hope the surgery was successful and that he heals up soon!

  3. John McFadin 4 years ago

    Great choice Levine!

  4. EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that even with out Pujols or Fielder, the Rangers offense is still pretty good.

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      …and I’ll go out on a limb and say that it would be signficantly better with Pujols / Fielder.

  5. EdinsonPickle 4 years ago

    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that even with out Pujols or Fielder, the Rangers offense is still pretty good.

  6. Well that explains Morelands downfall towards the end of the season last year. Hopefully that was the issue, if so, I’ll take Moreland over Fielder and Pujols. Way cheaper, younger, faster. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he’s better than Pujols and Fielder, having him just allows the Rangers to spend the money elsewhere.

    • He had that injury since mid-season. His numbers were good until then, so hopefully.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      I agree. Last year the Rangers had one of the 3 best offenses in the majors. While replacing Moreland with Fielder or Pujols does make their offense better it wouldn’t be a good way to improve the team.

      If the Rangers are going to spend big this offseason it should be to either retain Wilson or to grab up Darvish.

      • The Rangers have plenty of money and no doubt Fielder would make our offense literally a minefield for pitchers to run through 1-9, but you’re right, it’s not where their priorities are, or need to be.

        • jwsox 4 years ago

          although it does give them a nice left handed power bat to be in the line up while hamilton is out hurt. I love josh he is one of my favorite players but he will miss some time next season with some sort of injury. Prince at 1st, young to DH(or traded) moreland to left(better than murphy) hamilton to center and cruz to RF thats my thought if they do sign him if they dont they can clearly have Napoli split time at C/1st and DH with young splitting time as 1st/dh/infield utility…hamilton to Right(might save some him from some injuries) cruz to left(too bad of a fielder to be in right) and finally call up martin to play center….or possibly trade profar (considering he is blocked by elvis, ian and adrian) for a center fielder

      • The Rangers have plenty of money and no doubt Fielder would make our offense literally a minefield for pitchers to run through 1-9, but you’re right, it’s not where their priorities are, or need to be.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      I agree. Last year the Rangers had one of the 3 best offenses in the majors. While replacing Moreland with Fielder or Pujols does make their offense better it wouldn’t be a good way to improve the team.

      If the Rangers are going to spend big this offseason it should be to either retain Wilson or to grab up Darvish.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      I agree. Last year the Rangers had one of the 3 best offenses in the majors. While replacing Moreland with Fielder or Pujols does make their offense better it wouldn’t be a good way to improve the team.

      If the Rangers are going to spend big this offseason it should be to either retain Wilson or to grab up Darvish.

  7. Well that explains Morelands downfall towards the end of the season last year. Hopefully that was the issue, if so, I’ll take Moreland over Fielder and Pujols. Way cheaper, younger, faster. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he’s better than Pujols and Fielder, having him just allows the Rangers to spend the money elsewhere.

  8. Coollet 4 years ago

    MORE BLUE JAYS NEWS!

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      This just in: Red Sox hire Valentine, Farrell definitely to return to the Jays. I’m fairly sure that was a headline in the Boston Herald.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      This just in: Red Sox hire Valentine, Farrell definitely to return to the Jays. I’m fairly sure that was a headline in the Boston Herald.

    • start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

      This just in: Red Sox hire Valentine, Farrell definitely to return to the Jays. I’m fairly sure that was a headline in the Boston Herald.

    • Cheeseballs 4 years ago

      Really? The Blue Jays? They are the least known team in baseball

  9. Coollet 4 years ago

    MORE BLUE JAYS NEWS!

  10. Madman2TX 4 years ago

    People will say that the Rangers should sign Fielder or Pujols now because of the Moreland surgery, but really Young could easily take over til Moreland is ready.

    I wonder who the Astros 3rd choice will be if Friedman also says no?

  11. Madman2TX 4 years ago

    People will say that the Rangers should sign Fielder or Pujols now because of the Moreland surgery, but really Young could easily take over til Moreland is ready.

    I wonder who the Astros 3rd choice will be if Friedman also says no?

  12. baschkar 4 years ago

    I would prefer we trade Moreland and get Prince, but they know what they’re willing to offer for Prince, which is probably less than he’ll get. But anyway we can improve the rotation is ok with me. Moreland/Borbon/Harrison/E.Beltre for Gio/Balfour?

    • vtadave 4 years ago

      Guessing the A’s would say “keep that junk”.

      Now mix in a Martin Perez or Jurickson Profar…

  13. baschkar 4 years ago

    I would prefer we trade Moreland and get Prince, but they know what they’re willing to offer for Prince, which is probably less than he’ll get. But anyway we can improve the rotation is ok with me. Moreland/Borbon/Harrison/E.Beltre for Gio/Balfour?

  14. kevmill21 4 years ago

    Levine and Maddux both count themselves out of the running for serious prestige bumps? instead they add a maddux. do people want to be a part of the ranger organization right now or what?

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      maddux probably wants to be with his brother and he will come up huge with developing neftali

  15. “The Rangers are interested in Prince Fielder, but he’s not high on their priority list…”

    When I read this I thought:

    “The Rangers are interested in making it back to the World Series, but winning it isn’t high on their priority test.”

    Prince would be unstoppable in TX!

  16. Lastings 4 years ago

    Oh great…

  17. vtadave 4 years ago

    …are you Joe Sheehan?

  18. Do Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal walk around holding hands or something?

  19. Shu13 4 years ago

    LOL…. 

  20. Shu13 4 years ago

    LOL…. 

  21. jwsox 4 years ago

    you should probably stop that before ceature finds out where you live…

  22. RangersFan1990 4 years ago

    And I realize letting Hamilton walk clouds the OF situation but consider that we have Cruz for two more seasons to hold down RF and is a candidate for extension. We dropped a lot of money in the Latin American scene to have Leonys Martin hold down CF for the next 6 years. So that leaves only left field, which is the spot Hamilton occupies. 

    Perhaps by that time, we should consider moving Kinsler to LF (hurts bc he soooo good at 2nd) to make way for Profar.

    Anyways, sign Prince, let Hamilton walk (or even trade him in the right deal).

  23. Tony DiQuattro 4 years ago

    Why was this removed? I’m not a perpetual caps user and it was a joke.

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