What was expected became official yesterday, with Rudy Jaramillo taking a 3 year, $2.42 million deal with the Cubs to be their hitting coach. Former Rangers Alfonso Soriano and Milton Bradley had very disappointing seasons for Chicago last year, and while Bradley may be on his way out, I wouldn't be surprised if part of the appeal of Jaramillo for Chicago was to get him with Soriano. Soriano's 2009 was a disaster -- in terms of ratio of salary to production, he may have been the worst player in baseball -- and with several more years and many millions left on his deal, I suspect Jaramillo's job 1 will be to see if he can get Soriano back on track.
The Rangers met with Chuck Greenberg yesterday, and it apparently was pretty much the same deal as the meeting with Jim Crane the day before, since the press release was the exact same, except for Chuck Greenberg's name replacing Jim Crane's name.
Jason Grilli and Kevin Richardson cleared waivers and were outrighted, although both players have the option of declaring free agency, as they've both been outrighted before. Grilli will likely become a free agent, but Richardson, it sounds like, could simply accept the outright assignment. Either way, I expect Richardson to be back in the Ranger organization next year on a minor league deal, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers offered Grilli a minor league deal with a spring training invite, as well.
And something I missed earlier this week...Ryan Jones takes a look at whether or not the Rangers should give John Lackey "A.J. Burnett money" this offseason as a free agent.