Great News for Saltalamacchia vs. Teagarden


Today Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Taylor Teagarden got probably some of the best news they have gotten all of 2010. Jose Molina who was being targeted by the Rangers to be part of the catcher mix has agreed to a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. In turn he won’t be in Surprise Arizona this spring trying to take a spot away from either Saltalamacchia or Teagarden. You can check out a previous post on Jose Molina here at “Catcher: A Molina in the mix?”

Rangers camp opened on Thursday with little fanfare. Although position players do not report until Tuesday, Josh Hamilton has already reported to camp. In his early media interviews he projects the Rangers to win 96 this year and compete in the A.L. West.

The A.L. West projects to be a stronger division from the Mariners east to the Rangers. Every team in the division has added players to strengthen the roster. The Mariners project to be the strongest with the addition of Cliff Lee through a trade with the Phillies and with Chone Figgins coming over from the Angels. Although with that being said one great player does not make a team and the Rangers know this first hand after three years in last place in the division with Alex Rodriguez the highest paid player in Baseball, on the roster.

In general Baseball news today it was announced that Major League Baseball now has a Weapon-Free Workplace posted for all employees of Major League Baseball which includes players. The policy states that no guns, explosives, daggers, metal knuckles, and knives over 5 inches. This is interesting because why would you need a 4.5 inch pocket knife? The policy was enacted due to Plaxico Burres from the NFL shooting himself in the leg with a gun and after Gilbert Arenas from the NBA brought a gun into the Washington Wizards locker room. People of other sports look down on Baseball because of the so-called steroid era, but hey at least Baseball players do not feel the need to bring guns to work.