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Posted on: November 24, 2010 1:50 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Guerrero wins DH award

Vladimir Guerrero
Tack on one more postseason honor for the Rangers, as Vladimir Guerrero was named recipient of the Edgar Martinez Award, given to the game's top designated hitter.

Signed by Texas as a free agent prior to the season, Guerrero put up a .300/.345/.496 line at the plate, with 115 RBI and 29 homers. David Ortiz and Jim Thome finished second and third in voting by baseball writers and public relations officials.

The American League champion Rangers have done well in awards season, with Josh Hamilton picking up the MVP and Neftali Feliz being named rookie of the year.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 8:03 pm
Edited on: November 23, 2010 8:06 pm
 

Brewers offer Hoffman arbitration

Hoffman The Milwaukee Brewers offered Trevor Hoffman arbitration, but Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Hoffman has agreed to decline arbitration.

Hoffman is a Type B free agent, so Milwaukee will net a compensatory pick if he signs elsewhere. The career leader in saves has indicated he will only play in 2011 if he is the closer, which he be in Milwaukee if he chose to return.

In other arbitration news:
  • Cliff Lee has unsurprisingly been offered arbitration along with fellow Type-A free agent Frank Francisco, which could chill Francisco's market. Vladimir Guerrero and Bengie Molina both saw their market increase with no offers of arbitration as MLB.com reports.
  • The Orioles have declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, who may be among the most coveted relievers since he is extremely productive, is stingy with walks and will come on a one-year pact most likely. It's unlikely that Kevin Millwood is offered arbitration as the Baltimore Sun outlines, and if the Sun is to be believed, Millwood won't have a problem finding a job. The Rockies and Royals appear to be the farthest along in contract discussions.
  • Derrek Lee won't be back in Atlanta as the club will not offer arbitration to the Type-A free agent. Offering arbitration would have near guaranteed Lee's return, and the first-base job belongs to Freddie Freeman as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes.
  • The Diamondbacks will offer arbitration to Aaron Heilman and Adam LaRoche (both Type B free agents). It is possible LaRoche could accept and return as first baseman.
  • The Rays cut ties with Dan Wheeler (Type A) and Carlos Pena (Type B) as the St. Petersburg Times says, but did tender offers to Type A's in Carl Crawford, Grant Balfour and Rafael Soriano. They also offered to Type B's in Joaquin Benoit, Randy Choate, Brad Hawpe and Chad Qualls. Some of these Type B offers certainly have gentleman's agreements to decline, while Benoit is a Tiger and is already assured of giving Tampa a draft pick.
  • The Angels have announced DH Hideki Matsui won't be offered arbitration. The A's are thought to be contenders for Matsui's services.
  • The Denver Post has arbitration offers from Colorado out to Jorge de la Rosa (Type A) and Octavio Dotel (Type B).

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 2:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Hamilton runs away with AL MVP

Josh Hamilton wins the American League MVP, and while it wasn't quite the landslide that Joey Votto's NL victory was, it wasn't close, either.

Hamilton collected 22 of the 28 first-place votes, had four second-place votes and two fourth-place votes for a total of 358 points. Detroit's Miguel Cabrera was second, finishing with five first-place votes and 262 overall points. Robinson Cano was third (229) and Toronto's Jose Bautista was fourth with one first-place vote and 165 total points.

Josh Hamilton Here's the final voting
Josh Hamilton, Rangers 358
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers 262
Robinson Cano, Yankees 229
Jose Bautista, Blue Jays 165
Paul Konerko, White Sox, 130
Evan Longoria, Rays 100
Carl Crawford, Rays 98
Joe Mauer, Twins 97
Adrian Beltre, Red Sox 83
Delmon Young, Twins 44
Vladimir Guerrero, Rangers 22
Rafael Soriano, Rays 21
CC Sabathia, Yankees 13
Shin-Soo Choo, Indians 9
Alex Rodriguez, Yankees 8
Felix Hernandez, Mariners 6
Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners 3
Jim Thome, Twins 2
Joakim Soria, Royals 1
Mark Teixeira, Yankees 1

An interesting note, both of the MVPs made their debut for the Reds in 2007, Hamilton on opening day and Votto after rosters expanded in September. The Reds traded Hamilton after the 2007 season to the Rangers for pitcher Edinson Volquez and Daniel Ray Herrera.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 12:23 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2010 12:23 pm
 

Thinking big: Rangers target Martinez

Victor Martinez
For a team that started last season 27th in payroll, the Rangers are certainly being financially ambitious this winter.

In addition to a full-court press for Cliff Lee, the Rangers want to bring back designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, who wants a multi-year deal. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Texas also is targeting the top catcher on the market, Boston All-Star Victor Martinez.

The Rangers had Bengie Molina and Matt Treanor behind the plate last year, but Molina is considering retirement and the Rangers don't see Treanor as an everyday option. They'd like to upgrade at the position, and there's no bigger upgrade available than Martinez. But he's not going to be cheap, and you have to think his asking price just went up considering the money the Marlins put up for second-tier option John Buck.

Martinez, who will be 32 when next season starts, reportedly is holding out for a four-year deal. One appeal Texas might hold for him is that, at least in the near term, he'd continue to catch full-time if the Rangers retain Guerrero. Other teams -- the Red Sox want him back, and the Tigers, Orioles and others are in the mix -- are looking at using him at DH or first base.

Between an ownership change, a huge new TV deal and the windfall from their World Series run, the Rangers' financial situation is vastly improved from a year ago. Still, it's tough to see them laying out for multi-year deals for Lee, Martinez and Guerrero. The total number there could approach a quarter of a billion dollars.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:17 pm
 

Guerrero wants a multi-year deal

Vladimir Guerrero Free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero told a Dominican newspaper that he's looking for a multi-year deal.

"I want two or three years, but I'm not going to talk about how much money I want," Guerrero said (with my very basic translation).

The Rangers declined their $9 million option on Guerrero, but have said they'd like him back. Guerrero made $5.5 million last season on a  one-year deal. He hit .300/.345/.496 with 29 home runs and 115 RBI in his first season with the Rangers, making the All-Star team and winning the Silver Slugger as a designated hitter.

Guerrero, 36 in Februrary, had a disappointing World Series, managing a single hit in 16 plate appearances. He also saw a dip in his power over the second part of the season, with just nine home runs after the All-Star break. He also looked very bad in the outfield during his one start at AT&T Park in San Francisco and is unlikely to be anything but a designated hitter in the future.

Guerrero told the newspaper he hopes to reach 500 home runs. He has 436 career homers.

"I want to reach 500 home runs, that's my main goal," Guerrero said. "I hope to have the chance to be considered for the Hall of Fame."

Guerrero has a shot even without reaching the 500-homer mark. He's hit .320/.383/.563 in parts of 15 seasons in the big leagues.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 5:49 pm
 

Rangers decline option on Guerrero

Vladimir Guerrero The Rangers have declined their $9 million option on designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports .

Sullivan notes the team does want to re-sign Guerrero, who hit .300/.345/.496 with 29 home runs and 115 RBI for the Rangers in 2010.

Guerrero, who will be 36 next season, struggled offensively and defensively in the World Series. He managed just one hit in 16 plate appearances in the World Series and more memorably committed two errors in Game 1.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 9:00 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:14 pm
 

3 Rangers face offseason questions

Cliff Lee Not sure if you've noticed this piece of news during the run-up to the World Series and during those five games, but Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee is now a free agent.

I know, you'd think someone had told you by now, but you're lucky we're here to let you in on that little secret.

Anyway, Lee said he'd "love to" return to Texas and Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he'd "love to have him back."

Simple, right? Daniels sends Lee a note to check a box if he'll "go with him" and Lee wants too… thing is, there are other suitors out there and this courtship won't end quickly.

"We've tried to make it as little of a distraction as possible in talking about his free agent status, which has basically been our approach with everything, whether it's staff, contracts or player contract or whatever, we're trying to push everything on the back burner and focus on tonight's game," Daniels told the Dallas Morning News before Monday's Game 5. "But we've made it clear we'd like to have him back. I know we're not the only club that would like to have him. It's a competitive market, as it should be, and we'll see what happens."

Lee was the loser on Monday, but will be the winner in contract negotiations soon enough. He said all the right things about the Rangers, but that's what you do in this case.

"Yeah, I like this team," Lee told the Dallas Morning News . "It's a very fun team to play on. It was a very talented group of guys. I expect this team to do some really good things next year. I don't know if I'm going to be a part of it or not, to be honest with you. I would love to be, but so many things could happen, you never know."

Well, he could know, but that's a different story. You can't blame a guy for looking around when everyone wants to get his attention. The thing is, he'll have some really good teams bidding for his services.

The Yankees, of course, are a given for any player looking for a huge paycheck. And then there's the Rangers, who should be pretty good again next season.

Most of the Rangers are under contract for next season, including the rest of the rotation and the team's infield and its big bats in the outfield, Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz.

"That’s the benefit of playing yourself into free agency: you finally get a choice in the matter of what goes on and where you’re going to be," Lee told the New York Times . "I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s going to be fun."

The team's other question marks are Vladimir Guerrero, who owns a $9 million mutual option with the team for 2011 (with a $1 million buyout for the Rangers and none if Guerrero opts out).

"I don't know," Guerrero told MLB.com when asked if he'd return in 2011. "We'll see what happens. I like it here. This team has a good future."

The other question mark is behind the plate. Neither Bengie Molina nor Matt Treanor are signed for next season and Molina has contemplated retirement.

Molina will get a World Series ring from the Giants, but was a Ranger for the series. As for 2011, he still doesn't know.

"Right now it's probably closer to not playing than yes," Molina told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram . "I don't want to decide right now because then something could happen later on and I come back. I just want to spend time with my family right now -- my mom, my wife and my kids. I'll spend time and I'll make a decision."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 28, 2010 9:52 am
Edited on: October 28, 2010 11:55 am
 

Starting Vlad Guerrero in Game 2 is a mistake

Vladimir Guerrero Even though Vladimir Guerrero looked like a broken-down man in right field Wednesday night in the Rangers' Game 1 loss of the World Series, you can expect to see the DH back out in the field for Game 2.

"No, I don't [have to reconsider]," manager Ron Washington said about potentially putting Guerrero on the bench to the Dallas News . "A couple of balls got by him."

That they did. Guerrero pulled a Roger Dorn by allowing a ball to skip by him all the way to the outfield wall in the eighth, allowing Edgar Renteria to coast into third base. That was followed up by a booming Freddy Sanchez single that Vlad kicked along the bullpen wall that allowed Sanchez to advance to second. San Francisco went on to score three runs that inning and while the Rangers lost 11-7, if a competent outfielder had made the plays, the ninth inning may have been a lot more nail-biting than it actually was.

That wasn't all Guerrero messed up on, however. In the first inning, the DH got a bad read on a Buster Posey fly ball that a scrambling Ian Kinsler engineered into a double play. Guerrero played deep all night, as the club was clearly uncomfortable on Guerrero's ability to go back on fly balls over his head.

Look, Vlad is probably a Hall of Famer, but at this stage in his career, he is simply a complementary player. Forsaking defense just to keep his bat in the lineup is no longer an option. On the face of it, his 29 home runs look mighty nice.

But 20 of those were hit in the first half as he roared out to a .319/.364/.554 start. The second half was a different story as the Impaler settled down to a .278/.322/.426 line, and it hasn't gotten better in the postseason. Vlad's at .265/.275/.327 in October.

Not exactly screaming for a starting spot.

Not when there's a better option on the bench.

David Murphy isn't a perennial Gold Glover, but he's got a capable glove and isn't embarrassing with the bat. On the year, Murphy has a .291/.358/.449 line with 12 home runs and most of his production coming in the second half. That split rises against right-handers to .298/.368/.479. Compare that to Vlad's right-handed mark -- tied up in first-half success -- at .287/.328/.482.

Would it go over well if Washington benched Guerrero by saying Murphy is a better hitter, even if that may be true? No, probably not. But would anyone really hold it against Washington if he said he needed to keep Murphy fresh, that he has a better glove and has a quality bat that won't sacrifice production?

No.

In fact, Guerrero may be better deployed off the bench anyways. He can absolutely paste left-handers and could enter into a late-inning pinch-hit role or even supplant Murphy in the field if and when Matt Cain departs the game.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look as if Ron Washington is interested in doing what his job clearly states is his only logical decision. One can only hope Texas doesn't go down 2-0 in the series as a result.

 -- Evan Brunell

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