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I love how the Drew signing means nothing...even though it could be the final nail in the coffin. The Sox are pushing their limits in how high they can go and need to free up money somehow and all eyes are on Manny. What do you think about Lugo and Lowell being paid the same amount? And awesome? Loretta was good but he was nothing near awesome. Solid AVG, solid OBP, but he was dead last in SLG out of second basemen with enough AB for eligibility and his OPS ranked second to last. This guy was a singles hitter, and despite the flair for the dramatic (I was at that walkoff win against the Indians) and being a good guy, the Red Sox had no room spending in arbitration for a weaker hitter like Loretta. Once again, I love the guy, a class act. I really wanna see Drew and Ramirez both stay though. Our number five hole was murder for us last year and with Drew after Ortiz and Manny, he could help. Plus his high OBP will considerably strengthen the bottom of the lineup with his presence on base. The Red Sox really did clog the bases last year...with Loretta, Gonzalez, and Nixon clogging the bases. Loretta and Nixon were high OBP singles hitters while Gonzalez, though his SLG ranked near the midpoint, didn't get on base at an acceptable rate with an OBP of .299. Barring any more moves on the offense, which obviously isn't the case, the Red Sox would field -

C-Varitek

1b-Youkilis

2b-Pedroia

SS-Lugo

3b-Lowell

RF-Ramirez

CF-Crisp

LF-Drew

DH-Ortiz

 

That's pretty strong if you ask me. Granted, other than Ortiz and Manny, there are no big 20+ HR threats but I'm hoping the strengthened team as a whole can produce.

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I love how the Drew signing means nothing...even though it could be the final nail in the coffin. The Sox are pushing their limits in how high they can go and need to free up money somehow and all eyes are on Manny. What do you think about Lugo and Lowell being paid the same amount? And awesome? Loretta was good but he was nothing near awesome. Solid AVG, solid OBP, but he was dead last in SLG out of second basemen with enough AB for eligibility and his OPS ranked second to last. This guy was a singles hitter, and despite the flair for the dramatic (I was at that walkoff win against the Indians) and being a good guy, the Red Sox had no room spending in arbitration for a weaker hitter like Loretta. Once again, I love the guy, a class act. I really wanna see Drew and Ramirez both stay though. Our number five hole was murder for us last year and with Drew after Ortiz and Manny, he could help. Plus his high OBP will considerably strengthen the bottom of the lineup with his presence on base. The Red Sox really did clog the bases last year...with Loretta, Gonzalez, and Nixon clogging the bases. Loretta and Nixon were high OBP singles hitters while Gonzalez, though his SLG ranked near the midpoint, didn't get on base at an acceptable rate with an OBP of .299. Barring any more moves on the offense, which obviously isn't the case, the Red Sox would field -

C-Varitek

1b-Youkilis

2b-Pedroia

SS-Lugo

3b-Lowell

RF-Ramirez

CF-Crisp

LF-Drew

DH-Ortiz

 

That's pretty strong if you ask me. Granted, other than Ortiz and Manny, there are no big 20+ HR threats but I'm hoping the strengthened team as a whole can produce.

Drew should have the expectations planted on him of being a 20+ home run guy.

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Drew should have the expectations planted on him of being a 20+ home run guy.

 

Well, Drew does have loads of potential...nobody can deny that. It's his attitude and injury history which are worrisome. I hope Fenway plays to his strengths.

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This offseason really shows how much of a bargain the Mets got Reyes and Wright at 23M and 55M

 

But honestly, just wait until next offseason when the real talent gets on the market. Experts admit that this is a weak FA class which makes it so much more amazing that they players are getting these sorts of contracts. Look at this talent that will arrive on the market in 2008.

 

C - Jorge Posada, Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Barrett, Paul LoDuca

1b - Adam Dunn (/OF)

2b - Jeff Kent, Marcus Giles

SS - Michael Young, Juan Uribe, Carlos Guillen, David Eckstein, Omar Vizquel

3b - Mike Lowell

OF - Bobby Abreu, Ichiro Suzuki, Andruw Jones, Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter, Eric Byrnes, Corey Patterson, Milton Bradley, Aaron Rowand

SP - John Smoltz, Carlos Zambrano, Curt Schilling (says he'll retire), Jason Jennings, Jake Westbrook, Freddy Garcia, Kenny Rogers, Randy Johnson, Doug Davis, Jon Lieber, Bartolo Colon

RP - Joe Nathan, Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Jason Isringhausen, Bob Wickman, Scott Linebrink

 

Sure a couple of these guys will retire, but honestly, with top tier names like Ichiro, Jones, Wells, Zambrano, Nathan, and Young and second tier guys like Dunn, Abreu, Hunter, etc. Just wow.

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But honestly, just wait until next offseason when the real talent gets on the market. Experts admit that this is a weak FA class which makes it so much more amazing that they players are getting these sorts of contracts. Look at this talent that will arrive on the market in 2008.

 

C - Jorge Posada, Ivan Rodriguez, Michael Barrett, Paul LoDuca

1b - Adam Dunn (/OF)

2b - Jeff Kent, Marcus Giles

SS - Michael Young, Juan Uribe, Carlos Guillen, David Eckstein, Omar Vizquel

3b - Mike Lowell

OF - Bobby Abreu, Ichiro Suzuki, Andruw Jones, Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter, Eric Byrnes, Corey Patterson, Milton Bradley, Aaron Rowand

SP - John Smoltz, Carlos Zambrano, Curt Schilling (says he'll retire), Jason Jennings, Jake Westbrook, Freddy Garcia, Kenny Rogers, Randy Johnson, Doug Davis, Jon Lieber, Bartolo Colon

RP - Joe Nathan, Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman, Jason Isringhausen, Bob Wickman, Scott Linebrink

 

Sure a couple of these guys will retire, but honestly, with top tier names like Ichiro, Jones, Wells, Zambrano, Nathan, and Young and second tier guys like Dunn, Abreu, Hunter, etc. Just wow.

 

 

 

I think Young will be resigned before the year is up. During last season Daniels was saying resigning Young is his top priority and he wants to have it done before his contract is up.

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I think Young will be resigned before the year is up. During last season Daniels was saying resigning Young is his top priority and he wants to have it done before his contract is up.

 

Yah, I was initially going to give my opinion on who would retire, resign, etc. but then I felt like it was too many people so I didn't mention it. I was going to write that there's no way that Michael Young is leaving...he's part of the Ranger's core. Schilling, Smoltz, Johnson, Wickman, Hoffman, and Vizquel could all retire by next year as well. Still, those OF could all get equal or more than Soriano did this year.

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Yah, I was initially going to give my opinion on who would retire, resign, etc. but then I felt like it was too many people so I didn't mention it. I was going to write that there's no way that Michael Young is leaving...he's part of the Ranger's core. Schilling, Smoltz, Johnson, Wickman, Hoffman, and Vizquel could all retire by next year as well. Still, those OF could all get equal or more than Soriano did this year.

I asked T.R. Sullivan, the guy who does Rangers Mailbag, he said the Rangers are busy right now but they want to talk to Mikes agent before the offseason is over.

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Yah, I was initially going to give my opinion on who would retire, resign, etc. but then I felt like it was too many people so I didn't mention it. I was going to write that there's no way that Michael Young is leaving...he's part of the Ranger's core. Schilling, Smoltz, Johnson, Wickman, Hoffman, and Vizquel could all retire by next year as well. Still, those OF could all get equal or more than Soriano did this year.

I sent a question into the Rangers Mailbag and they answered it on the site. Makes me a little uneasy really.

 

 

I know I should be focused on this offseason, and I am very much so, but I was wondering the chances of Daniels re-signing Michael Young before his contract is up? Looking at the market so far this year, Young is going to be in high demand. Can we lock him up beforehand?

-- Mark A., Clear Brook, Va.

 

Young is signed to a four-year, $10.5 million contract for the 2004-07 seasons, with a $4 million option for 2008 that was extremely favorable to the club. It now seems that Young probably cost himself at least $15 million or more in signing that deal. The Rangers would like to sign him long-term, but Young seems more inclined to wait. The two sides will talk this offseason, but unless this contract is extremely favorable to Young, it will be difficult to get something done.

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I sent a question into the Rangers Mailbag and they answered it on the site. Makes me a little uneasy really.

 

I love the concept of franchise players and it just kills you when their allegiance wavers. You've had your Nolans, (excuse me for not knowing more, I'm not well versed in Rangers history) the Yankees have had their Ruths, Dimaggios, Gehrigs, Mantles, and Jeters and we've had our Williams', Yastrzemskis, Fisks, Doerrs, Garciparras, and now Ortiz. I hope Michael Young stays as the face of the Rangers for a long time.

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I love the concept of franchise players and it just kills you when their allegiance wavers. You've had your Nolans, (excuse me for not knowing more, I'm not well versed in Rangers history) the Yankees have had their Ruths, Dimaggios, Gehrigs, Mantles, and Jeters and we've had our Williams', Yastrzemskis, Fisks, Doerrs, Garciparras, and now Ortiz. I hope Michael Young stays as the face of the Rangers for a long time.

Free agency killed sports. Everyone says fantasy sports is killing team loyalty, but that endesd when FA started. A guy comes up with a team through the minors, gets beter and better and establishes himself and after 6 years goeas to the highest bidder.

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