Providing links while pouring one out for Nelson Cruz's career as a Texas Ranger...
Evan Grant's column this morning talks about the problem the Rangers have at DH, now that Cruz is off the board.
Gil Lebreton writes that the Rangers ended up better off with Cruz rejecting the qualifying offer, although he believes that, had Cruz accepted, the Rangers still would have added Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo.
Geovany Soto will miss three weeks after undergoing ankle surgery, but is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
T.R. Sullivan also has a story on Soto's surgery and recovery time.
Grant's "five things I think" from last night hits on Cruz signing with Baltimore, Ron Washington's contract situation, and Greg Maddux working with the pitchers.
Richard Durrett offers his thoughts after the first week of camp, which includes a lament about Cruz not returning, and praise for Tim Bogar.
Martin Perez, whose desire to sign a long-term deal with the Rangers this offseason was motivated in part by his desire to have the ability to move his family to Texas from Venezuela, helped organize players into doing a photo shoot as a show of support for Venezuelans while they are dealing with political unrest.
Anthony Andro also has a story on the show of support for Venezuela, which includes pictures and quotes from Venezuela native Elvis Andrus.
Neftali Feliz says, "I feel good." You knew that he would now...
Feliz is also tweaking his delivery this spring, in an effort to better hide his changeup...
Greg Maddux has praise for Nick Tepesch's change up, which Tepesch spent the offseason working on.
Durrett writes that the DH spot is likely going to be Mitch Moreland, plus a mixture of starters getting half-days off.
Buster Olney writes, in his blog this morning, about how the BBWAA is treating Barry Bonds very differently than MLB as a whole, the San Francisco Giants (who are bringing him to camp as a special instructor), or the Hall of Fame (which puts him on their ballot), and concludes with:
The Hall of Fame rolls already includes players who used performance-enhancing drugs, built police records, drank enough to be incapacitated in their jobs, openly cheated against rules on the books, and a former commissioner who worked diligently to keep the sport segregated.
But not Barry Bonds.
The S-T's notes provide updates on Neftali Feliz and Jurickson Profar, and mention Prince Fielder taking a personal day.
Sullivan's notes talk about Brett Nicholas getting some reps at catcher while Geovany Soto is out, Yu Darvish being ready, Mitch Moreland at DH, and Joakim Soria looking impressive.
Drew Davison's spring training report has injury updates and Colby Lewis providing thoughts on the best and worst of spring training.