July 13, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (17) is congratulated by teammates after scoring fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The GM/owners meeting have now come to a close, and the Texas Rangers did get some things accomplished during the four-day event. Not the big acquisition we have all been talking about, but they did get some work done.
Monday: Nelson Cruz rejected his qualifying offer by the Texas Rangers. This was no surprise, and it is a 50/50 shot that Nelly returns to the Rangers in the future. My expectations are someone out there will be willing to overpay him, I just don’t know who. (link)
The Texas Rangers also promoted two of their front office people on Monday, making A.J. Preller an assistant GM and Mike Daly the director of minor league scouting. Both guys have been in the Texas Rangers organization for a little while and Jon Daniels leans on both of them. Both of these were considered good moves on the part of the Texas Rangers. (link)
Tuesday: It is being discussed internally about making Robbie Ross a starter, something that he did in the minors, and something he is doing right now in the Dominican League. Ross wants to be a starter and Daniels said that he will go into spring training with an opportunity to try out and be a starter. (link)
Daily dose of twitter rumors and other baseball news that you need to know about. Lots of bats out there, and the Rangers are linked to all of them. (link)
The Texas Rangers announce that they have hired Bengie Molina to be their first base coach. Molina, a former Ranger, talked about his move to the Texas Rangers and why he is excited about it. (link)
Wednesday: Another daily dose of the hottest trade rumors and player notes for your enjoyment. (link)
Jon Daniels tells the media that their focus is going to be on position players during the off-season and not on starting pitching. He said they have little interest in Matt Garza or Masahiro Tanaka. (link)
Now that all of the awards have been handed out and we can officially close the book on the 2013 season, the trading and rumors are going to go wild. Stick with us here to get all the news and opinion that you could ever want or need.