Quick Hits: Rangers, Twins, Gio

Some odds and ends as Sunday night winds down …

  • The Rangers can afford to sign both Yu Darvish and Prince Fielder, tweets Jim Bowden of ESPN.
  • The Twins had interest in signing relievers Dan Wheeler and Todd Coffey before inking Joel Zumaya, tweets Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities radio. Mackey adds he'd be surprised if the Twins closed the door entirely on signing either righty.
  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said in a statement that the two club options included in Gio Gonzalez's extension were key to getting the deal done, tweets Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.
  • The Rockies were not interested in signing Bartolo Colon, now of the A's, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
  • The Red Sox officially announced the signings of right-handers Aaron Cook and Justin Germano to minor league contracts, tweets Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.


73 Responses to Quick Hits: Rangers, Twins, Gio Leave a Reply

  1. diesel2410 3 years ago

    If the Twins were interested in Wheeler and Coffey, I guess they really are forfeiting the season…

    • MNTwins12 3 years ago

      Wheeler had a bad season in ’11. Before that he was very good. Coffey is a workhorse who can strike out some batters with a respectful ERA. Signing either of these guys would be great for the Twins bullpen.

      • Onetimeaccount 3 years ago

        Wheeler was miss-used in the 2011 season, but I dont know about being very good before. A ROOGY is a ROOGY.

  2. Marktown 3 years ago

    Go Rangers.

  3. “Rangers meeting with Fielder @ the Four Seasons Hotel went extremely well & they can afford to sign both Darvish and Fielder if they choose”

    I love hearing those words, even though I already knew that was the case. I’m not endorsing getting both, it’s just nice to hear it after all the Tom Hick’s years.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      I picked the rangers to sign him in the mlbtr free agent contest..  hopefully that happens so i can get above the mendoza

      • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

        The real question is can they sign both as extend our core guys. I think they can, but the owners would have to be willing to add some payroll at least until we can get Young, Cruz, Torrealba and Lowe off the books.

        • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

          players will have to sign some hometown discounts similar to some red sox contracts.. if you want to stay and be part of something special, then you take a bit less..

          if you want the most money, you’re traded for younger, cheaper assets and can explore that option in free agency

    • Man, these past two years have been awesome after those Hicks years. Having their name in almost everything and it being possible. Trade, signings,  and winning. It’s great.

  4. Twins backed out on Coffey because they already have Capps and could not afford Capps’ and Coffey’s grocery bill.

  5. Houston_Astros 3 years ago

    Bread
    Skim Milk
    Life cereal
    Eggs
    Coffee
    Hamburger Helper

    • tapehead4 3 years ago

      Bartolo_Colon likes this.

      • Jon Melton 3 years ago

        Ponson Colon would never drink skim milk vitamin d baby.

      • Maybe if you take out the skim in milk, take out the Life, and add fruit loops to the cereal, take the whites from the eggs, add 5 teaspoons of sugar to the coffee, and take out the helper after hamburger. 

        • melonis_rex 3 years ago

          Make the coffee a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks. Those things are pure sugar with espresso added. 

  6. Encarnacion's Parrot 3 years ago

    Ahh, Todd Coffey..

  7. Onetimeaccount 3 years ago

    I can see the Rangers signing both Darvish and Fielder after losing in the World Series back-to-back years.

  8. Wow, if the Rangers sign both of them and lose WS again this year, they might as well give up, trade everyone and save some $$

    • An A’s fan telling another team they should just give up? Priceless.

    • Madman2TX 3 years ago

      Because reaching the World Series every year–win or lose–is totally undesirable? Your team watching it on tv every year is better?

      • Yea, I enjoyed WS game 6 on TV this year 

        • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

          Well you can get used to watching the playoffs on tv, cause the A’s are going nowhere.

      • I also enjoyed Game 5 2010 as a Bays fan. 

        how are the Astros doing btw?

        • oz10 3 years ago

          Most Ranger’s fans don’t like the astros so if that was supposed to be a dig, you lose. The Astros also got the owner that couldn’t win the rights to the Ranger’s so we are all still laughing at them. You will enjoy their presence in the AL West so that you have another team to fight for last with.

  9. NathanielFaunce 3 years ago

    If Texas gets Darvish, Fielder, and Oswalt, they might as well spare us all the drama and give them the AL Championship trophy on Opening Day.

    • Matt 3 years ago

      Ya and a world series loss.

    • Onetimeaccount 3 years ago

      People had the same idea last season with the Red Sox.

    • Why do people say these things? I hope you were being sarcastic. I’m a die-hard Rangers fan, but nothing is just given to you…ask the Phillies and Sox.

    • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

      Yeah, no thanks to Oswalt. Getting Darvish will give us 7 potential starters on the 25 man roster. Oswalt causes an unnecessary logjam.

      • TXHC 3 years ago

        There can never be enough depth.  Especially in the grind of a 162 game baseball season.  Somebody is going to go on the DL and you’re going to need somebody that can step in.  The more options you can give yourself the better.

    • PushDown 3 years ago

      Oh shoot, I guess I missed the memo that said games are now won in the offseason…

  10. Jon Melton 3 years ago

    Rangers fan but all Rangers fans should know dont count your rings before their made.

    • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

      Name one Rangers fan counting rings. I’ll wait.

      • Jon Melton 3 years ago

        But I do see plenty or arrogance from two world series losses. Until we have one and I believe we will within the next 3 years,  we should remain calm.

        • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

          I haven’t seen much of this arrogance you’re talking about. Pride and anxiousness, yes. Most fans are excited to finally have a team and organization to be proud of.

  11. OaklandFan22 3 years ago

    wow if the rangers get yu and fielder

  12. thekoshow 3 years ago

    I feel extremely accomplished because I asked Troy Renck that question….

  13. thebigbangdito 3 years ago

    As an angel fan, i hope the rangers dont get darvish and fielder
    As a baseball fan, i hope the rangers get darvish and fielder (makes the west just as good to withstand the powerhouse east teams)

    Although, I do not really think they will get fielder with the upcoming negotiation for hamilton, etc…unless the darvish deal falls through

    • Dick Armada 3 years ago

      It would make it really difficult for ESPN to ignore west coast baseball anymore

      • Disgustedfan 3 years ago

        Isn’t that the truth. I get tired of Espn talking about the red sox phillies yankees all the time. If you didnt know any better you would think those were the only teams in the mlb.

      • This, we can all agree on.

    • Devon Henry 3 years ago

      Hopefully Pujols will help change this.

  14. NingMa 3 years ago

    I think we can afford Prince and Yu. Its matter of picking between Hamilton or Prince.

    • Keeping Josh wouldn’t be completely out of the question. It just depends on what all sides can agree to. I’m sure Fielder will come cheaper than the Rangers (and everyone else) initially thought. So you never know. Personally, I love Josh, but if it gets in the way of locking up Kinsler and Napoli, I say it’s been great and good luck.

      • Natsfan89 3 years ago

        I don’t understand Rangers fan attitude towards Hamilton. He’s who the majority of the public thinks of when they think of the Texas Rangers. I understand the injury concerns but damn. It’s not like he cant DH.

        • Rangersfan32 3 years ago

          You aren’t completely understanding the situation. Hamilton will most likely require a hefty raise in his next contract (I don’t blame him), but Texas is going to have Napoli, Adams, Lewis, Lowe, Cruz, Kinsler and Andrus coming up for contract talks soon and if it’s a choice between Hamilton and those guys, the young core is the way to go. But i personally think we could swallow his new contract once Torrealba, Lowe and Cruz come off the books. Young comes off the books soon as well, so signing Darvish, Fielder, Hamilton and a select group (Napoli, Kinsler and Andrus) of the core isn’t as impossible as most think.

          • Jon Melton 3 years ago

            Andrus needs to cut down on his errors and increase his offensive production as he has Profar in the wings.  But he is still very young and capable of doing both but time will tell.

          • Jamey Newburg wrote out a scenario where Elvis is part of a trade after next season for Clayton Kershaw…with Profar taking over at SS.

          • PhishTank 3 years ago

            I can’t think of a player on the roster I wouldn’t trade to have Clayton Kershaw on the bump 35 times a year.

  15. Natsfan89 3 years ago

    Boras used the Nationals to drive up the cost of Tex a few years ago. Wouldn’t be surprised if he used them again.

    I’d love to have Fielder for a 5-6 year deal, but if the Rangers want to give him the deal Boras wants then they can have him.

    • I think Fielder’s price has gone down.  Nationals said they wouldn’t pay the money Prince (Boras) was asking, Mariners are out, none of the big east teams are in on him, so I would say his choices are dwindling.  And the Rangers can promise Prince he will play for a team that will contend for the WS year after year with a core of young, talented players.  The Rangers are looking at this as a chance to get a premium player at discounted rate over a shorter contract.

  16. The Prince and the jet stream… his season would be a fairy tale.

  17. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    Albatross time. 

  18. sdsny 3 years ago

    That would be a fearsome lineup.  You’re talking about a 3-4-5-6-7 of Hamilton, Prince, Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre, and Mike Napoli.  Not necessarily in that order.  That not only rivals the offense in the AL East, it probably surpasses it.  If the Rangers do sign both Darvish and Prince, I still give the edge to the Angels in the pitching department.  But there’s no way, even with Pujols, that their lineup even comes close to the Rangers.  That’d be a great race in the AL West.

    • Even if the Rangers didn’t sign Fielder, they still have the edge in hitting.

    • thebigbangdito 3 years ago

      ok.. i was one of those angels fans who was kinda pissed when they traded napoli… but thats mostly because they originally kept mathis who couldnt even hit his weight.

      now that u (the rangers) will have him an entire season you will see that he is not the player that everyone hyped him up to be.  Do not get me wrong, he is good, but he is nothing “special” in terms of making someones lineup great… he is replaceable on anyones lineup. (unless ur the angels last season and decide to keep mathis in his place.. stupid move lol)

      • Someone’s mad. Napoli was a top 3 catcher last season. Maybe even the best overall, and you say he’s easily replaceable……………….

        It’s early in 2012, but this may qualify as the most asinine comment, while trying to be serious, of the new year. Congratulations.

      • PhishTank 3 years ago

        Perhaps Napoli is not the player that the Angels hoped he would be (a Mike Scioscia defensive specialist) – but he sure fit nicely in Arlington. Perhaps the problem in Anaheim is that they treated him like a failure.

        • TXHC 3 years ago

          Exactly.  So he’s not Pudge behind the plate.  Not many are.  He’s still passable defensively.  Hell, Mike Piazza made a whole career out of being an average defensive catcher with a big bat.  Scioscia is an idiot.  Johnny Benches don’t come along every day.

      • TXHC 3 years ago

        Dude, face it.  Scioscia misevaluated him bigtime.  He’s always had the potential to hit like that, he’s just never really been given the chance.

  19. melonis_rex 3 years ago

    Jim Bowden is actually not that bad in media as long as you ignore his analysis. He’s broken multiple signings before anyone else (Crisp to the A’s comes to mind). 

    He’s not more boneheaded than Heyman/Olney/Rosenthal. 

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