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Matt Purke's Father Speaks

I know the last post was supposed to be the last thing about Matt Purke, but I just saw his dad's comments today, and I think they are worth highlighting:


"It's a business and they made a decision they thought was best for their ownership," Lawrence Purke said. "We were very happy to be a part of it.

"We told all 30 teams in the beginning what it would take and at the midnight hour, Aug. 17, the Texas Rangers and Matthew were not able to agree."

While Purke acknowledges there is no animosity between the Rangers and his family, he said he was very open with Texas officials from the moment the process began.

"We said at the beginning we wanted a deal similiar to (those given to Detroit Tigers pitcher) Rick Porcello and (Boston Red Sox pitcher) Josh Beckett," Lawrence Purke said. "We are talking (about contacts worth) around $7.2 million to $7.5 million.

"We mean what we say and we say what we mean."

Purke said he and his son came away from the process with great respect for the Texas Rangers.

"It's every player's dream to be a part of a process like that and we are grateful to the Rangers and their organization," Lawrence Purke said.