Jon Daniels' decision to sign Roy Oswalt might save the Rangers' season.
The Monday Takeaway R.J. Andersonwrote last week in his analysis of Roy Oswalt’s deal with Texas that “Jon Daniels knew the Rangers needed another starter with Neftali Feliz experiencing elbow inflammation and Scott Feldman inflating the run-scoring environment.” If the past week is any indication, the general manager’s foresight may prove critical to the team's hopes this season.
The Rangers have lost five of their last six games, and while a slumping offense—which has averaged less than four runs per game during that span, compared to 5.51 for the season—is partly to blame, the pitching staff has suddenly become an abject disaster. Ron Washington’s staff has coughed up 53 runs in the last week, after allowing just 68 during the team’s remarkable 17-6 April. A 21-8 drubbing at the hands of the Mariners last Wednesday is the primary culprit, but the Rangers have now allowed double digit-runs on three separate occasions in the last seven days, twice to Seattle and once to Oakland.
The Rangers make it official with Yu Darvish, the A's hope for another surprising season out of Bartolo Colon, the Diamondbacks bring back Joe Saunders, and the Rockies allow us to hope for more Jamie Moyer.
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The Rangers have transformed themselves from a franchise known for individual success into a perennial winner under GM Jon Daniels.
Instructional leagues in Arizona and Florida are conducted in relative obscurity at the end of each minor-league season, with teams sending their better prospects to their spring training facilities for intensive instruction and games against other clubs' prospects.
Anyone can tell you that the players and coaches on the field decide baseball games, but the observant could also tell you that Game 2 of the Rays-Rangers series can serve as a highlight reel for Jon Daniels.
The success of the Rangers' offseason will depend largely on if they are able to re-sign Cliff Lee.
The Rangers got their first order of off-season business done Thursday when they signed manager Ron Washington to a two-year contract extension after he led them to the first American League pennant in the franchise's 49-year history. Now comes the hard part for Jon Daniels: The general manager must find a way to re-sign Cliff Lee.
The Rangers' Director of Player Development discusses the system's young talent and the organization's new directions.
There is more than a lone star in the making on the Texas farm. Thanks to an aggressive and well-executed commitment to scouting and player development, the Rangers now possess what is arguably the deepest stable of young talent in the game. Much of the credit goes to general manager Jon Daniels, but no less important are the contributions of Scott Servais, the team's Director of Player Development. Servais, who has been in his current role since December 2005, discussed the organization's philosophy, and some of the most promising players under his watch.
The pressing questions facing each NL squad this spring are revealed, while Nolan Ryan rejoins the Rangers, and the Mets show their humility.
Spring Training is nigh, as pitchers and catchers start reporting on Wednesday, and keep trickling into camp throughout Florida and Arizona as the week progresses. Last week, we took a look at the key question facing each American League team in spring training. This week, let's take a look at the key question each National League team faces:
Down to the wire on the non-waivers trade deadline.
Jim Hendry denies that he's made Felix Pie available, and states that he hasn't talked to Jon Daniels. He's not lying, but once you grasp the mechanics of how a trade is actually made, you'll realize that what Hendry says is not mutually exclusive from the reports that Pie was discussed. It's not just Hendry, Daniels, or any GM that's making calls. It's also a club's scouts, assistants, and even some owners get involved. In the course of those discussions, players get named and then discussed among everybody in the other organization. Teams try to read the other, like poker players. The Indians' DiamondView system is reported to actually have a system for collecting this type of information, with their staff supposedly recording mentions of players year round to try to divine who might be mentioned and who might actually be available. I can assure you that Pie was discussed by at least two teams that thought he might be included in a later offer-offers that never materialized.