- Happy Valentines Day to all our ex and current lovers.
- Richard Durrett (ESPNDallas) wrote yesterday that Mike Napoli’s ankle injury continues to progress. Regarding the ankle, Napoli says, ”I think I’m close. I’m not really going to know until I get into the wear and tear of spring training and catching all the time. But I’ve been feeling good and getting better day by day.”
And it looks like Nap is eager to get back, ”I can’t wait to get back there and see all those boys and get back into it again. I wish I was leaving now. I’m ready to do baseball stuff and not just working out.”
- Gerry Fraley (SportsDay DFW) writes “Cincinnati general manager Walt Jocketty indicated on Monday that he believes free-agent righthander Roy Oswalt eventually will land with the Texas Rangers.” Jocketty spoke with the Cincinnati Enquirer recently and said that he believes Oswalt is “waiting for Texas to clear money.”
This has been in the back of my mind all along. We have asked the question many times of why is Oswalt waiting so long to sign somewhere. Given that he’s a veteran that knows where he wants to be and probably values that more than money, he is either waiting for the Rangers to clear up some room to pay him or he’s waiting for the Cardinals to increase their offer to a respectable level.
- T.R. Sullivan (MLB.com) wrote a good article summarizing some key questions, off-season moves, and leaders from 2011. Check it out here. Jasen and I will be discussing the questions that the Rangers need to answer on an upcoming podcast.
- Rangers Senior Director of Play Development (and former Astros GM), Tim Purpura, sat down with Rangers Magazine to discuss a number of hot topics. Bryan Dolgin covers everything here. Some highlighs:On Oswalt, “The fact of the matter is, I think, in any offseason other than this one, it might have been something that made a whole lot of sense. Given the fact that we already have six starters, adding another one to the mix and changing the dynamics of where we’re at … that’s something that I think has been part of the thought process. Is that the right step? The right move for the Texas Rangers right now?”On JD, “He’s a very patient person. He’s a very analytical person. He looks at all sides of the issue which I think you absolutely have to as a general manager. He solicits opinions extremely well. He’s got a very talented group surrounding him with Thad Levine, AJ Preller and Don Welke. And, he listens to everyone and then he makes his decision as to which course he wants to take which is exactly a way a general manager should operate.”
On Rangers Pitching Prospect Martin Perez coming up to the big leagues this season as a closer, “Those are tough decisions from the point of view of this is a guy who probably is at the top of the list of our starting pitchers in the minor leagues as being a number one starter down the line. You have to balance the development process with the need to win at the major league level. It’s a delicate balance.”
- The A’s and Cuban free-agent Yoenis Cespedes agreed to a 4 year $36M contract yesterday. The Marlins were considered the heavy favorites to sign Cuban mega-prospect.
David Schoenfield (ESPN.com) asks three good questions now that Cespedes has signed.
- Big Papi (David Ortiz) and the Red Sox avoided their arbitration hearing just hours before it was scheduled by agreeing to a contract for 2012 that will pay the slugger $14.575M. Someone on Twitter pointed out yesterday that our DH makes more. Not sure if this was a pride-point or said in jest, but a strong argument can be made for Young over Ortiz, starting with he can play anywhere in the infield in a pinch (didn’t say he would be a gold glover…).