jsm (dallas): Looks like the Rangers have committed to Elvis Andrus in 2009. What can we expect from him? +15 runs in the field with a 650 OPS seems likely to me.
Keith Law: (1:28 PM ET ) You might be a little light on the OPS - remember the park - but you've got the right idea. I do like him, but he's not ready offensively. His best shot for MLB offensive value right now is as a slap-hitter who gets a little BaBIP fluke and hits .300.
Wes (Austin TX): Can you weigh in on the MYoung situation? I really don't see how the Rangers could have handled this differently. If they think Elvis is ready for a shot and optimizes the talent on the field, are they supposed to wait until MY gives them permission to move off SS? MY has to have seen the writing on the wall.. The Ranger's Brass was just giving him a heads up for what is inevitably going to happen.
Keith Law: (1:45 PM ET ) I think Michael Young should shut his mouth and move to third base. Reminds me a little of John Valentin's snit-fit the year Nomar came up. To his credit, Valentin eventually acknowledged that he was wrong. That Gold Glove for Young was the worst thing that could have happened to Texas - now the guy really believes he's good at short.
Kyle (Seattle): Logan Morrison or Justin Smoak?
Keith Law: (1:49 PM ET ) Wow, good one. Ultimately, I think Smoak, although Morrison has the pro track record that Smoak doesn't.
Chet (LA): Pedro Alvarez or Justin Smoak?
Keith Law: (1:52 PM ET ) Smoak. I've been saying that for a year and a half and I'm not reversing it until Alvarez demonstrates that I was wrong.