Good Morning Everyone.
On another note, there were some more posts on baseballprospectus.com yesterday about our recent transactions. Here is what they said.
Signed RHP John Wasdin to a one-year, $600,000 contract. [12/7]
Acquired Rule 5 pick LHP Fabio Castro from the Royals for 2B/3B-R Esteban German. [12/8]
Signed RHPs Jayson Durocher and Jose Silva to minor league contracts with spring training NRIs. [12/9]
Acquired RHP Vicente Padilla from the Phillies for a PTBNL. [12/12]
Acquired OF/1B-L Brad Wilkerson, OF-L Terrmel Sledge, and RHP Armando Galarraga from the Nationals for 2B-R Alfonso Soriano. [12/13]
If there are things to note amidst all of this activity, it is the decision to deal Soriano, and taking a chance on Padilla. The Soriano deal should turn out extremely well for the Rangers. They knew exactly what they had in him, and with his paydays about to get a nice boost through arbitration inflation, and Ian Kinsler ready for big league employment, why bother with a second baseman so bad with the glove that his best destination would be DH? So rather than keep the lingering symbol of A-Rod’s Texas sojourn and the regret of it, the Rangers ditched the problem, made room for Kinsler, added at least one and possibly two starting outfielders, and in Galarraga, pocketed a pitching prospect every bit as good as any of their own. That’s not a deal, that’s a rout, like noting that the U.S. paid Mexico for the West and California after the war; a bit of generosity after a robbery must make it easier to deal with the guilt of the crime. I don’t think Texas feels any more guilty than President Polk did, nor should they.
Always noted for his work ethic, Wilkerson is very much a Showalter sort of player. He might step into center, but the Rangers may settle for Gary Matthews should Laynce Nix not get any better. That would put Wilkerson in right, where he’ll be a major upgrade on Richard Hidalgo. That should leave left field to Kevin Mench, but Mench might also be dealt to make room for some combination of Sledge or Jason Botts. And should David Dellucci break down again, the Rangers will definitely be as short-handed as they were last season.
I’m not as gung-ho about Padilla, but that’s because, between the injuries and the performance, this isn’t the workhorse of 2002 or 2003 that the Rangers have added. This is a team always in search of a quality starting pitcher, but I wonder if Padilla isn’t just their latest romance with John Burkett’s pedigree. A lot depends on the PTBNL, but I suppose the Rangers are better off than they would have been waiting out Pedro Astacio to find out if he’d snap back. Maybe.
Have a great day and if something breaks today, I’ll be back to let everyone know.