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Saunders back

  • P Joe Saunders activated from 15 day DL
  • P Aaron Poreda optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTE: It is a pretty good indicator of the sad shape of our rotation due to injuries that someone like Joe Saunders is seen as a stabilizer.  Bleargh.

 

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Prince Fielder put on DL

  • 1B Prince Fielder placed on 15 day DL, retro to May 17
  • IF Donnie Murphy recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, crap.  Whatever voodoo Ian Kinsler is running from Detroit is working.  Fielder goes on the DL for the first time in his career.  If the injury they’re talking about is the cause for his power outage, it would explain a lot, especially given his drop in power going back to Detroit last season.  He’s out for the year, if not officially, definitely realistically.

Donnie Murphy is back in the latest round of musical chairs roster moves.

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Gimenez back

  • C Chris Gimenez purchased from AAA
  • C JP Arencebia optioned to AAA
  • P Martin Perez moved from 15 day to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: JP Arencebia simply was not producing, and while he’s good on defense, his offense was so horrible, it cost him his spot on the roster.  Sent to AAA.  Chris Gimenez was purchased from there.  Chris returns after being part of the original opening day 25 man roster, and then sent out before ever playing at all.  So he’ll be looking to make his technical 2014 debut, even if he was already on the roster earlier this season.

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Daniel Robertson Returns

  • OF Daniel Robertson recalled from AAA
  • P Miles Mikolas optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Moving pieces around.

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The worst possible day

This tweet from Anthony Andro sums it up pretty good.

On to the transactions:

  • P Nick Tepesch recalled from AAA
  • P Scott Baker purchased from AAA
  • P Martin Perez placed on 15 day DL
  • P Justin Germano designated for assignment [ Link ]
  • P Matt Harrison placed on 15 day DL
  • P Miles Mikolas recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: The worst part of this transaction sheet is that the biggest news of the day: Matt Harrison.   Harrison will need spinal fusion surgery, and from the way they’re talking, it could be a career ending procedure.  Additionally, Martin Perez will likely need Tommy John surgery, so he’s over for 2014, and realistically for most of 2015, as well.  That’s a damn shame.  Liked both these guys a lot, and was really hoping they’d pull through and help the team.   Pretty bad day for the Rangers, that’s for sure.  :(

Hopefully Nick Tepesch can show some of that form he had last year, as we need the help.  There’s no doubt about that.  Sad part is that we’re likely to see Joe Saunders again. Ick.

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Sardinas, Odor, & Germano – Oh My!

  • IF Luis Sardinas recalled from AA
  • IF Rougned Odor purchased from AA
  • P Justin Germano purchased from AAA
  • IF Donnie Murphy placed on 15 day DL
  • IF Josh Wilson designated for assignment
  • P Scott Baker designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Oh my.  This is reading a bit like a spring training transaction sheet.  The number of guys coming and going this year will set some sort of major league record if it keeps up, I would imagine.  I don’t know much about the guys coming up, except that Odor is a big talent.  Perhaps not a big a name as Jurickson Profar was when he first came up, but a big name anyway.

Josh Wilson didn’t bother me so much.  He wasn’t any long term answer, but I liked him – always like backup players like that.

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Scott Baker Brought Up

  • P Scott Baker purchased from AAA
  • P Daniel Robertson optioned to AAA
  • P Pedro Figureroa moved from 15 to 60 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES: At the rate we’re (not) pitching lately, we needed a fresh arm.  That is what I suspect this move is about.

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Matt Harrison Back

  • P Matt Harrison activated from the 15 day DL
  • IF Luis Sardinas optioned to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: Matt Harrison makes his first start in a year or so, since he pitched the first two games of the 2013 season then went on the DL.  He had more surgeries than starts last season.  :(   Hopefully he is good right from the start, as it would further help our cause, which surprisingly hasn’t left us sunk in April.

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Dan Robertson acquired

  • OF Dan Robertson acquired from San Diego Padres for cash.
  • OF Dan Robertson purchased from AAA
  • P Pedro Figueroa placed on 15 day DL [ Link ]

NOTES:  The decimation of our roster continues.  Another pitcher goes down, and with what I was reading about him, it sounds like it COULD be that injury that requires Tommy John surgery, in which case Figueroa is done for QUITE a long time.   I read somewhere that we had no other position players on the 40 man roster that could be brought up, so they traded for Dan Robertson of the Padres.  I know nothing about him, except he is going to be making his major league debut whenever he plays.   Exciting for that kid, that’s for sure!

Hope for the best for Figueroa.    John Blake of the Rangers tweeted this out today, and it seems telling of our current situation:

 

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Nick Martinez back

  • P Nick Martinez recalled from AAA
  • P Hector Noesi designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, the Nick Martinez experiment continues.  After his first game, people expected he’d be back, so I’ll be curious to see how he does.

It does bring to an end (mercifully) the Hector Noesi era of the Texas Rangers franchise.  He came “this close” to pitching the single worst inning pitched by any Rangers pitcher in franchise history.  I mean, if you’re gonna be bad, be REALLY bad.   :)

P.S.  Mark Clark?

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Jim Adduci to DL

  • IF Jim Adduci placed on 15 day DL
  • IF Luis Sardinas recalled from AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: I’ve liked Adduci.   He’s never gonna set the world on fire and be on SportsCenter every night, but he’s a good solid backup, and you need guys like that.  So I’ve liked him while he’s here.   Sardinas will be making his major league debut when he plays, and he’s wearing Arod’s old number (#3).  :)

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Tanner Scheppers to DL

  • P Tanner Scheppers placed on 15 day DL
  • P Aaron Poreda purchased from AAA
  • IF Andy Parrino designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Scheppers started the season with a lot of promise, he was doing well in spring training.  Opening day I think most people were content to let slide as jitters.  But it didn’t get better after that.  His numbers seemed really counter to what he was doing in spring training, so perhaps it was a late spring injury.   Aaron Poreda comes up, and I don’t know much about him, but his numbers before getting here look decent, so we’ll see how he goes.  Oddly enough Poreda last pitched in the majors in 2009 for the Padres!  Parrino I know NOTHING about, he was a waiver claim from Oakland on Mar 3, and now he’s gone.

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Colby Lewis arrives finally

  • P Colby Lewis purchased from AAA
  • P Daniel McCutchen designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Most fans felt Colby Lewis should have arrived earlier than April 14th – like on March 31st, but at least he’s here now.  Hopefully he can pull off another comeback like he did a few years ago, we could use it this season.   It cost Daniel McCutchen his roster spot.  I wasn’t attached to McCutchen, but he did well enough I thought.   Still, someone has to go, can’t keep 20 pitchers at once.

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Beltre to DL

  • 3B Adrian Beltre placed on 15 day DL, retro to Apr 9
  • P Hector Noesi added to active roster, after having been traded for on Apr 12 from Seattle for $ [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, it seems Beltre to the DL is a regular occurance at this point.  Don’t like it to be, as he still plays well hurt, but you don’t want to blow the guy out either.   His roster replacement, Hector Noesi, is a Mariners castoff.  Can’t imagine he’ll stay long here.   We’re really blowing through the roster moves this year!  :)

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Kouzmanoff arrives

  • IF Kevin Kouzmanoff purchased from AAA
  • P Seth Rosin designated for assignment [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, Adrian Beltre came out of the game last night and looked hurt.  He’s not technically on the disabled list, but they did bring up Kevin Kouzmanoff.  Without Beltre going on DL, they needed to make a spot on the 25 and the 40, so Seth Rosin was DFA’ed.  He was a RUle 5 guy, so I suspect we won’t be allowed to keep him.  That’s a shame, as I really did like Rosin.

Bit worried about Beltre though – ick.

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Saunders to DL

  • P Joe Saunders placed on 15 day DL, retro to Apr 5
  • P Daniel McCutchen recalled from AA Frisco [ Link ]

NOTES: Can Saunders stay there?   My opinion of Joe Saunders:

donotwant

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Darvish activated

  • P Yu Darvish activated from 15 day DL
  • P Nick Martinez optioned to AA Frisco [ Link ]

NOTES: Well, you knew Yu Darvish was coming back for this date, as he was only going to miss one start.  You felt bad for Martinez, going back down after doing pretty well in his major league debut last night.  He surprised me.  Not that I expected him to do bad as such, but guys making their major league debuts as pitchers with us have a habit of deserving the send down the next day.  Not Martinez.  I suspect he’ll be back, that was a good performance by him.

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Nick Martinez purchased

  • P Nick Martinez purchased from AA Frisco
  • P Daniel McCutchen optioned to AA Frisco [ Link ]
  • C Chris Gimenez cleared waivers, but refused assignment to minors, now a FA

NOTES: The roster move to get our announced fifth starter on the roster was made here.  I think most Ranger fans had a collective scratching of the head when they said that Martinez was to make the club as the fifth starter.  I know I certainly didn’t know much about him.  Jamey Newberg probably did, but I didn’t.

I was wrong about Chris Gimenez.  He’s gone. He refused his assignment to the minors and is a free agent.   He never technically played for the Rangers in 2014, but he WAS on the opening day roster.

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First Roster Move of Season

  • C Chris Gimenez designated for assignment
  • P Daniel McCutchen purchased from AAA
  • P Michael Kirkman clears waivers, outrighted to AAA [ Link ]

NOTES: That didn’t take long.  The third catcher (Chris Gimenez) has been DFA’ed to bring up some bullpen help in the form of Daniel McCutchen.  McCutchen played with Pittsburgh the last few years, and had decent numbers there, so hopefully he can do well here.  Kirkman, who seems to have run out of steam with Texas cleared waivers and went to AAA.   Gimenez probably will end up at AAA, I’d wager.

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Opening Day Roster Set

Well, here it is.  The big bomb of moves made to bring the roster to 25 for opening day.

  • IF Josh Wilson purchased from AAA
  • IF Adam Rosales designated for assignment
  • P Yu Darvish placed on 15 day DL, retro to Mar 21
  • IF Jurickson Profar placed on 15 day DL, retro to Mar 23
  • P Matt Harrison placed on 15 day DL, retro to Mar 29
  • C Geovany Soto placed on 60 day DL [ Link ]

This makes the opening day 25:

  • PITCHERS (11): Neal Cotts, Pedro Figueroa, Jason Frasor, Alexi Ogando, Martin Perez, Seth Rosin, Robbie Ross, Jr., Joe Saunders, Tanner Scheppers, Joakim Soria, Shawn Tolleson.
  • CATCHERS (3): J.P. Arencibia, Robinson Chirinos, Chris Gimenez.
  • INFIELDERS (5): Elvis Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Donnie Murphy, Josh Wilson.
  • OUTFIELDERS (6): Jim Adduci, Michael Choice, Shin-Soo Choo, Leonys Martin, Mitch Moreland, Alex Rios.

Some of these guys won’t be here long, as Darvish will likely miss just one start.   Donnie Murphy & Josh Wilson were both pickups the last week of spring, so it’s not a huge surprise they’re here, although I wonder how much of an impact they’ll make long term.   Chris Gimenez is a bit of a surprise, and I figure might be the first on the chopping block when it’s time to make a roster move.

Pitchers:  Joe Saunders..  I hear Darth Vader screaming “Nooooooooooooooooo” somewhere.  Shawn Tolleson & Seth Rosin, as well as Pedro Figueroa are unknowns to me – especially at this level.   The rest of the guys we know about, although I wonder how Scheppers will handle opening day.

Feels like a wobbly roster given how hurt we’ve been, but I’ve rooted for worse teams than this in the past.  I’ll give it a shot to see how it goes.

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Canseco Head

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Goodbye Mike

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Siri and 2014 Season

Well, Siri on my iPhone finally knows about the 2014 season. I asked it tonight what the next Rangers game was, and it said this.

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Shin-Soo Choo

Hopefully this South Korean signing goes better than the last one we had.   That guy wore #61, though.

We officially announced Choo yesterday, and I’ve always liked him.   Was one of those guys I always said “I’d love to that THAT guy”, but never figured we would.  Much in the same way I always wanted Vlad Guerrero.  Player I enjoyed watching playing for others.

We are paying for him, of that there’s no doubt.  But the new TV contract money kicks in after the 2014 season.  You always figured we’d do stuff like this what that extra TV contract money.   This, and Prince Fielder are players that I think we have due to the influx of new cash from the TV contract.

Choo’s salary:

2014:  $14M
2015:  $14M
2016:  $20M
2017:  $20M
2018:  $20M
2019:  $21M
2020:  $21M

Apparently the first couple of years have some dollars moved off until later.  I’ve read where it was to create “team flexibility” early on.  I think it’s to offload it for the new TV money.   He does get a partial no trade clause, although in what capacity, I’m not sure.

One thing I’ll say I’m hopeful for.  When Chan Ho Park first came to Texas, the first couple of months before he started stinking up the joint, he’d come out, and the Koreans would be all over his games.  When Park would get a strikeout, they’d all start dancing and hootin’ and hollerin, blowing their horns and all that.  Was a very fun atmosphere.  I hope Choo brings that back, as I really missed that once Park started being bad.

I’ve been getting an itch to write again, so I probably will have more to say soon.  Don’t think I’ll return to daily updates again, but I have wanted to say more.

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JP Arencebia signed

  • C J.P. Arencebia signed to 1 year contract

NOTES: Well, I would have rather kept AJ Pierzynski, but JP can catch.  He’s another one of those guys much like Soto.  Great catcher.  Not a great hitter.  JP has some pop – can hit a few home runs, but not terribly much else.  Strikes out a lot.  Had 148 of them in 2013.

So basically, we’ll have Soto & Arencebia splitting the catching duties in 2014.   They say Soto will be the #1 guy with JP backing up, but my gut says it will be a lot closer to 50/50 than that statement.