The Texas Rangers sign Wes Bankston

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 25 February 2010 at 2:27 pm

The Rangers have signed 26-year old righty swinging 1B Wes Bankston to a minor league deal. Bankston played in 122 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 122 of 457 (.267 avg, .762 OPS) with 57 runs scored, 17 homers and 75 RBIs. Bankston last played in the majors in 2008 with the A’s. He has played in 17 games in his major league career and he is 12 of 59 (.203 avg, .543 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 4 RBIs. This was a nice organizational depth signing for the Rangers.

Omar Poveda could miss the season for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,The Minors by chinmusic on Thursday 25 February 2010 at 2:23 pm

22-year old righty starting pitcher Omar Poveda looks like he will need Tommy John Surgery. He pitched in 24 games (all starts) in Rookie+AA+AAA ball last season and he was 11-6 with a 4.10 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Poveda has now pitched in 108 games (103 starts) in his 5 years in the minors and he is 33-36 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP. This is a bad break for Poveda who worked his way to AAA-ball last season.

Khalil Greene is declining to report to spring training for the Texas Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by chinmusic on Monday 22 February 2010 at 2:54 pm

Backup shortstop Khalil Greene is still struggling with anxiety issues and it will cause him to stay at home instead of coming to spring training. I expect the Rangers will try to void his contract and move on. It’s good that the Rangers found out early on that they couldn’t depend on Greene before they had to start making moves. Esteban German and Joaquin Arias will battle for the job that would have likely went to Greene if he had showed up for spring training.

UPDATE: The Rangers have voided the contract of Khalil Greene.

The Texas Rangers are hoping to keep Vladimir Guerrero healthy as the DH in 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Monday 22 February 2010 at 2:51 pm

35-year old righty swinging Vladimir Guerrero had problems staying healthy last season as the Angels still used him some in the outfield last year. That won’t be a problem this year as the Rangers brought him in to be the full time DH in 2010. Guerrero played in 100 games for the Angels last season and he was 113 for 383 (.295 avg, .794 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 15 homers and 50 RBIs. The Rangers hope that using him as a full time DH will keep him healthy and productive in 2010. Guerrero has averaged 91.0 runs scored, 31.2 homers and 101.3 RBIs in the last 13 years and the Rangers would likely be happy with numbers like that out of him. Guerrero has a career batting average of .321 with a .954 OPS in 1,850 games in the majors. I really like this signing for the Rangers and expect Guerrero to have a huge 2010 season for them.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE DH IN 2010: A

Michael Young turned up the power at 3B for the Texas Rangers last season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Saturday 20 February 2010 at 9:06 am

33-year old righty swinging Michael Young will be the starting 3B once again in 2010 for the Rangers. He played in 135 games for the Rangers last season and he was 174 for 541 (.322 avg, .892 OPS) with 76 runs scored, 22 homers, 68 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Injuries cut short his 2009 season early but the Rangers have faith that he will play in at least 150 games in 2010. Young only made 9 errors in 134 games at 3B last season but he showed pretty awful range. Look for him to improve defensively in his second year at the position.

30-year old righty swinging Khalil Greene will be Young’s backup in 2010. Greene played in 16 games at 3B for the Cardinals last season and he made 1 error while showing outstanding range. Like Young, Greene is a natural shortstop so he should be able to handle the position.

32-year old righty swinging Esteban German will battle this spring for a backup job on the Rangers. German played in 19 games for the Rangers last season and he was 14 for 46 (.304, .751 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 4 RBIs and 1 stolen base. German also played in 105 games in AAA-ball last season and he was 124 for 389 (.319 avg, .833 OPS) with 63 runs scored, 4 homers, 59 RBIs and 35 stolen bases. German made 4 errors in only 10 games at 3B for the Rangers last season while showing awful range.

25-year old righty swinging Joaquin Arias played in only 3 games for the Rangers last season and he was 0 for 8 (.000 avg, .000 OPS). Arias has now played in 41 games in his major league career and he is 38 for 129 (.295 avg, .748 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 10 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Arias didn’t make an error in his 1 game at 3B for the Rangers. Arias is out of options so if he doesn’t look like he is going to make the 25-man roster look for the Rangers to trade him.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 3B IN 2010: A-

The Texas Rangers are hoping that Elvis Andrus builds on his solid rookie season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Friday 19 February 2010 at 12:12 pm

21-year old righty swinging Elvis Andrus had a outstanding rookie season and the Rangers hope he builds on it in 2010. Andrus played in 145 games for the Rangers last season and he was 128 for 480 (.267 avg, .702 OPS) with 72 runs scored, 6 homers, 40 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. The Rangers hope that Andrus cuts down on his errors a bit as he had 22 in 145 games at SS last season but part of the reason for that is that he got to balls a lot of SS only dream about as he has great range.

30-year old righty swinging Khalil Greene will likely backup Andrus at SS in 2010. Greene played in 77 games for the Cardinals last season and he was 34 for 170 (.200 avg, .619 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 6 homers and 24 RBIs. The Rangers hope that Greene can get his act back together with the bat as he has a career average of .245 with a .724 OPS. Greene made 7 errors in 30 games at SS last season for the Cardinals but he still showed good range. The Rangers are hoping that a fresh new start with revive Greene’s bat and mitt in 2010.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SS IN 2010: B

The Texas Rangers sign Endy Chavez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 15 February 2010 at 9:56 pm

The Rangers have signed 32-year old lefty swinging outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal. He will make $1 million bucks in 2010 if he makes the Rangers and they Rangers have a option on the 2011 season worth $1.25 million bucks. Chavez played in 54 games for the Mariners last season and he was 44 for 161 (.273 avg, .669 OPS) with 17 runs scored, 2 homers, 13 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Chavez has now played in 827 games in his major league career and he is 605 for 2,237 (.270 avg, .679 OPS) with 289 runs scored, 19 homers, 190 RBIs and 87 stolen bases. If Chavez is healthy he will make the Rangers because of his defense which is stellar.

The Texas Rangers sign Jae Kuk Ryu

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 13 February 2010 at 3:35 pm

The Rangers have signed 26-year old righty reliever Jae Kuk Ryu to a minor league deal. Ryu did not pitch last season in the majors or the minors. He last pitched in the majors in 2008 with the Rays. Ryu has pitched in 28 games (1 start) in his major league career and he is 1-3 with a 7.49 ERA and a 1.82 WHIP. Ryu will start the year in the minors and try to revive his career.

The Texas Rangers are well stocked at 2B for 2010

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Friday 5 February 2010 at 11:12 pm

27-year old righty swinging Ian Kinsler is the man for the Rangers as he turned in a 30/30 year for them in 2009. They hope that he can stay healthy enough to repeat those numbers again in 2010. Kinsler played in 144 games for the Rangers last season and he was 143 for 566 (.253 avg, .815 OPS) with 101 runs scored, 31 homers, 86 RBIs and 31 stolen bases. Kinsler is also a decent defensive player despite making 11 errors in 144 games at 2B for the Rangers last season as he showed off really good range there. He is one of the more complete players in all of baseball right now.

30-year old righty swinging Khalil Greene will be the Rangers’ top utility man on the infield in 2010. He is a natural shorstop who didn’t play any 2B last season so he will have to learn it in spring training. He does have pretty good power for a middle infielder so he could be a nice asset for the Rangers if he comes to spring training healthy and focused.

25-year old righty swinging Joaquin Arias is a player the Rangers still like. He can play all over the infield defensively. He played in 2 games at 2B for the Rangers last season and he didn’t make any errors while showing poor range there.

31-year old righty swinging Esteban German played in 6 games at 2B for the Rangers last season and he made 1 error while showing below average range. It’s going to be hard for German to make the team but he gives the Rangers really nice depth at 2B.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE 2B IN 2010: A

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