Good morning, everyone. It is the last day of November. Tomorrow is December 1...the final month of the year, and the month when MLB transactions seem to really crank up. Its when we'll start hearing more and more rumors, and when we'll most likely finally see Texas make some moves of significance.
And we're going to kick off the offseason community prospect rankings tomorrow. I was going to wait until January, but that would push voting into the time when pitches and catchers report, most likely. And besides, I'm getting antsy to start voting on prospects. So we'll start with #1 tomorrow, and likely go through the top 25 players in the system.
Dayn Perry wrote a piece for CBS Sports in which he proclaims the Rangers doomed to irrelevancy for the next several years, due to the contracts of Prince Fielder, Shin-Soo Choo, and Elvis Andrus.
The DMN makes reference to Torii Hunter having the Rangers on his short list, a topic we discussed last night.
Bill Madden calls Shin-Soo Choo one of the 10 biggest turkeys in MLB in 2014, saying that the Rangers were "bamboozled brilliantly" by Scott Boras into thinking they were getting a superstar. I hate to disagree with a professional writer with the reputation and credentials of Mr. Madden, but I'm pretty sure Boras didn't do much, if anything, to alter the way the Rangers viewed Choo.
Finally, here's a brilliant trade proposal from an A's blogger:
The Rangers have a couple of options at middle infield. Perhaps a Brandon Moss for Jurickson profar or Rougned Odor swap could be in order?
Odor has logged nearly all of his professional innings at second base, but 15 games at shortstop in single-A two years ago says it isn’t out of the question for him to make a switch in the majors. Profar was once prospect royalty. But after a disappointing introduction to the bigs in 2012 and 2013 and missing all of 2014, he is primed for a change of scenery. Both can hit. Both have a little speed. Both can play multiple infield positions.
Is this deal likely? I don’t think so. Does it make sense for both sides. Yes.
I am assuming I don't have to take the time to explain why this is so batshit-insane terrible, right?