On this day, four years ago, I talked about how Torii Hunter signing with the Angels, for the contract he signed for, was really a good thing for the Rangers, because it would significantly impact their ability to add talent in 2010, which was when the Rangers would be in a position to compete.
Here's an excerpt:
Let's assume that the Angels are aggressive, and bump payroll by $10 million per year each of the next three years. That's about $140 million payroll in 2010.
With a $140 million payroll, Torii Hunter and GMJ will combine to take up over 20% of the Angels' payroll.
Hey, I'm pretty smart, huh! Well, until you get to the next paragraph...
And that's what we should be concerned about. What happens in 2010. Because 2010 is when the Rangers' should be expecting to be ready to make some serious noise, when we should have Brandon McCarthy and Eric Hurley and Edinson Volquez in the rotation and Chris Davis and Ian Kinsler and Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden solidifying the lineup and C.J. Wilson closing games, with a free agent signing or two mixed in.
Well, I was right about Kinsler, anyway. And I think I get half-credit for C.J.