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New Year's Eve things

We end the year with some actual Rangers stuff in the news today...

Anthony Andro writes about the work German Duran has put in at third base, trying to learn the position to enhance his chances of making the team this spring.  He seems to have the edge in breaking camp as the infield utility man, but if he can show he's solid defensively at third base, I think he would probably be a better starting option than Travis Metcalf, who is (by default, it seems) the likely 2009 Ranger third baseman.

Gil LeBreton has a "Here's what will happen in sports in 2009" column that walks through month by month the year to come, and includes some optimistic predictions regarding the Rangers...

The Cubs' moving of Jason Marquis is apparently a pre-cursor to signing Milton Bradley.  That would put Kosuke Fukudome in centerfield, and Milton in right, I suppose, with Alfonso Soriano in left.  That would also relegate Felix Pie to a bench role, although with Bradley's injury history, and the fact that Fukudome isn't really a true centerfielder, you have to figure the Cubs are going to want a strong 4th outfielder coming off the bench.

And I missed this yesterday (although zywica linked it in the comments), so if you haven't seen it, Jeff Passan looks at the Rangers' offseason and direction over at Yahoo Sports...