The Texas Rangers have been very quiet the past few days. I feel that this is the calm before the storm. Although, it is quite possible Rangers GM Jon Daniels has already completed all the so-called big moves this offseason. But then again we still have a few weeks before Spring Training, plenty of time to make a splash. Here’s a look at Texas Rangers news over the past 24 hours.
Digging in with Mitch Moreland
“To the disappointment of a great many, Mitch Moreland will be reporting to spring training for what surely has to be his final shot to actually do something with the club. He had ankle reconstruction in June of 2014, which ended his season after 52 games. He said two weeks ago the ankle had been bothering him for years, and he will be fine on Day 1 of spring training.” ~ via Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas Rangers minor-leaguer will be ready for spring training after brawl
Troy Scott, a pitcher in the Seattle Mariners organization, blind-sided Texas Rangers’ prospect catcher, Kellin Deglan, in a brawl during the Australian Baseball League game. Deglan suffered facial injuries that required dental surgery. ~ via Gerry Fraley, The Dallas Morning News
Rangers rookie ready to compete for left field job
Ryan Rua impressed last season and Jeff Wilson of Fort Worth Star-Telegram states that the left field position is Rua’s to lose. Wilson also reports that “General manager Jon Daniels ultimately says that there will be an open competition for left field once players report to Surprise, Ariz., after listing Rua first among those in the hunt.”
Q and A with Gerry Fraley
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News hosted a chat on Monday. Personally, I enjoy reading these and the insight Fraley provides fans. Here is my favorite one from Monday.
“Question: From my understanding Mitch Moreland is superior at first base defensively to Prince Fielder yet Moreland will be primary DH because Prince Fielder would object to full-time DH duty. (Correct me if I’m misspeaking.) I thought a manager’s job was to put the best players on the field and not worry about some player’s tender feelings. Your thoughts?
Fraley: No, you are on the mark. Fielder did soften his stance when in town two weeks ago, saying he is willing to make some starts at DH. Fielder believes that he cannot get into the flow of the game as a DH. Manager has to take that into account, too. What gives Fielder the best chance at offensive success.”
There wasn’t too much to miss out on, nonetheless some interesting news.
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ONLY 17 DAYS UNTIL TEXAS RANGERS PITCHERS AND CATCHER REPORT TO CAMP!