I'm pumped to see the Rangers this season. Jon Daniels & Nolan Ryan
did a great job of making room for Olt, Profar, and Martin by shedding Young, Napoli, & Hamilton - nearly $50MM in payroll had their aging bones been retained.
After a great career, Young's offensive production hit the age wall; 67 RBI from a middle-of-the-order slot just doesn't get it. Having Young, a wonderful "clubhouse influence" at DH, 3rd. or 1st. - all power positions - put the Rangers at an offensive disadvantage all year, especially after May when his production dropped off the cliff.
Another "great guy", Napoli, was a 2011 flash-in-the-pan who resumed his mediocre career path in 2012.
And I'm glad it's not the Rangers that will be paying $32 MM/year in 2016 and 2017 for a 36 year old Hamilton. And starting now the Rangers will be able to celebrate with champagne, not ginger ale. God Bless Josh, but his "fragility" had the whole organization constantly "walking on eggs".
Olt will be an immediate improvement over Young and the ball flies off Leonys Martin's bat in a manner that reminds me of Junior or the young Willie Stargell when he first came up as a skinny kid. The #1 prospect in MLB, Jurickson Profar, needs at least 2/3 of a season in AAA if for no other reason than the "loaded" Rangers really have no place for him. And the bargain of the year could be Lance Berkman as DH.
Can't wait for the LA (Los Aging
Angels on Opening Day!
Rangers and Nats in the 2013 WS. You heard it here first!
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