Sunday morning stuff

Well, one of the Ranger catchers is saying he wants to be dealt to Boston.

And, surprisingly, it isn't Gerald Laird, who has put his foot in his mouth a few times in the past.

No, this is Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who'd like to go to Boston:

Jarrod Saltalamacchia can't hide his excitement when he hears rumors of being traded to Boston. Nothing against Texas, he insists, where he's trying to wade through a catching maze with Gerald Laird and Taylor Teagarden after being acquired from the Braves at the trading deadline in 2007 in the Mark Teixeira deal.

But the Red Sox are a team he has respected and enjoyed from afar. He grew up in West Palm Beach, Fla., and his favorite catcher - and idol, of sorts - was Jason Varitek.

"That would be a dream come true," said Saltalamacchia, 23. "I'd love to go there and either work under Jason for a year or two or just go there and catch full-time.

"I love watching Jason. He's like an idol of mine. I watch him and I learn from him and I'd love to be able to spend time with him. I saw him this year and we talked for a while and I learned so much from him in the short time we had."

Jim Reeves says Michael Young winning the gold glove means he won't be changing positions anytime soon.  He also says, interestingly, that "Rangers insiders" suggest Young will eventually move to second base, with Ian Kinsler going to third base, when Elvis Andrus is reading.

Reeves also makes clear that Jackie Moore as bench coach was the result of Nolan "putting his foot down," and talks about John Blake coming back to Texas because of Nolan.

Kevin Sherrington echoes Reeves' claim that the Moore and Mike Maddux hires were Nolan Ryan hires, not Ron Washington hires.

Yeah, people are clearly bored right now.  Why else would Tim Cowlishaw suggest that the Rangers pony up to sign Manny Ramirez?

Cowlishaw's suggestion is silly for a variety of reasons, not the least of which that he suggests that Manny play left field while David Murphy or Nelson Cruz DHs (if Manny were to come here, you'd want him at DH, not in the field).

Cowlishaw acknowledges that you are talking about a 4 year $100 million deal for Manny, who will be 40 when a 4 year deal runs out.  And he ignores the fact that the Rangers already have plenty of DH options hanging around.  But the main thing to me is...is Manny really significantly better than Milton Bradley?  If you are going to commit big money long-term for a DH, why not sign Bradley to a 3 year, $36 million deal, instead of going after Manny?

 

 

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