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Hindman on JD/Ryan, Morosi on Profar
Two different lengthy pieces out today, both of which are worth noting, neither of which I have much in the way of commentary on, so I'm including them both in this post...
First, Michael J. Hindman has a lengthy post at BBTiA today that looks at how the Rangers evolved from a fractured organization in 2004, to one where everyone was on the same page in recent years, back to where there appear to be different "camps" once again. MJH suggests that the moves this offseason by Bob Simpson and Ray Davis may have been motivated to provide clarity as to who was in charge in the front office, and eliminate the idea that there can be different "factions" loyal to different people in the front office. In particular, he talks about Ron Washington "thumbing his nose" at Jon Daniels and those in the front office last season, refusing to play the players that the front office gave him and wanted him to use.
One of those players, in September, was Jurickson Profar, and Jon Paul Morosi has a piece at Fox Sports that examines the dilemma the Rangers have, with Profar being major-league ready and Elvis Andrus and Ian Kinsler entrenched in the lineup. Interestingly, Morosi suggests that, if Washington had his druthers, Profar would be on the team on Opening Day. Of course, last season, it was the front office who wanted Profar to play and Washington who was reluctant to use him...now, the front office is going to put Profar in the minors rather than give him a bench role in the majors, while Washington wants Profar here.