Monday Morning Rangers Update

Here's a photo that hasn't been used on the front page yet - Ezra Shaw

No Face. No Greinke. No Otani. No Shields. Now what?


Yep. It looks weird.

Gerry Fraley writes that the Rangers had a rough weekend which saw them ship off #rangershitking, lose out on Zack Greinke, and fail to land James Shields (but maybe worse than that, fail to land Wil Myers). But all is not lost, sayeth Fraley. The Rangers can still make up for their lost weekend if rumors that they are hot after Justin Upton brings Josh Hamilton back on a more favorable deal.

Anthony Andro has a piece on the Michael Young trade being complete and what the Rangers might do to move forward.

Jeff Wilson runs down the quotes from management on trading the stalwart Young.

Jon Daniels:

"Given the makeup on our roster and some of our internal options, we felt like this was the way to go."

Ron Washington:

"The leadership that he brought to the clubhouse, the leadership he brought on the field and the leadership he has in the community is something that we sorely will miss."


T.R. Sullivan covers the perspective of life without Young after we've had a few days to lament. Sullivan also ponders if Young's trade will lead to a series of moves. I ctrl+f searched the word "domino" but it was nowhere to be found in this article.

Evan Grant wonders who will lead the Rangers now that Young is leading the Phillies. Grant believes that this is Adrian Beltre's team to lead now with Joe Nathan, Ian Kinsler, David Murphy, and Nelson Cruz acting as Beltre's lieutenants.

Sullivan writes about the Rangers' haul of relievers Josh Lindblom and Lisalverto Bonilla for Young with quotes from Rangers' scouting director Josh Boyd and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.

Fraley notes that Elvis Andrus broke out of his 0-13 start to winter league ball with a two-run homer and 2-5 night. Meanwhile, Cruz joined the Dominican league over the weekend.

Lastly, in case you missed it, here's Michael Hindman going HAM on the local media types over the Young/Greinke coverage.

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