New Year's Eve things

We end the year with some actual Rangers stuff in the news today...

Anthony Andro writes about the work German Duran has put in at third base, trying to learn the position to enhance his chances of making the team this spring.  He seems to have the edge in breaking camp as the infield utility man, but if he can show he's solid defensively at third base, I think he would probably be a better starting option than Travis Metcalf, who is (by default, it seems) the likely 2009 Ranger third baseman.

Gil LeBreton has a "Here's what will happen in sports in 2009" column that walks through month by month the year to come, and includes some optimistic predictions regarding the Rangers...

The Cubs' moving of Jason Marquis is apparently a pre-cursor to signing Milton Bradley.  That would put Kosuke Fukudome in centerfield, and Milton in right, I suppose, with Alfonso Soriano in left.  That would also relegate Felix Pie to a bench role, although with Bradley's injury history, and the fact that Fukudome isn't really a true centerfielder, you have to figure the Cubs are going to want a strong 4th outfielder coming off the bench.

And I missed this yesterday (although zywica linked it in the comments), so if you haven't seen it, Jeff Passan looks at the Rangers' offseason and direction over at Yahoo Sports...

 

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Lone Star Ball

You must be a member of Lone Star Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lone Star Ball. You should read them.

Join Lone Star Ball

You must be a member of Lone Star Ball to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lone Star Ball. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker