Friday morning Rangers news and links
Richard Durrett has a blog post about the Rangers and Elvis Andrus going forward, saying that Elvis would need to take a hometown discount to stay in Texas, and that the Rangers could move him at the trade deadline this summer.
Randy Galloway has a column in which he says the Rangers should extend Elvis, and suggests eight years, $130 million might be the price. He also suggests that the Rangers' reluctance to deal Elvis this winter is because the fans are angry that the offseason has been a failure, and the players are angry that the offseason has been a failure, and thus management didn't want to make the fans and players even angrier by trading Elvis. I think that's unlikely, personally.
Anthony Andro lists five players who he says could surprise in Surprise this spring and make the Rangers' team. Yes, Joey Butler is on the list.
T.R. Sullivan has a story about pitchers and catchers reporting on Tuesday, and it includes various lists and some questions that need answers.
Felix Hernandez agreed to a five year, $139.5 million extension with the Seattle Mariners yesterday, meaning that he is now locked up through 2019, and Ken Rosenthal says that this extension carries significant risk for the Mariners.