Found November 27, 2012 on
Josh Hamilton is a free agent conundrum.
There have been few players in the recent history of free agency that have been such an interesting case as the former MVP outfielder. On the one hand, there are few players in baseball as talented as Hamilton. Though his speed has come down a bit, he’s accurately described as a five-tool player, and his power, in particular, is other worldly.
On the other hand, there are few players who have ever carried as much baggage as Hamilton. Though the man’s drug-addicted life may soon make a great movie, Hamilton’s history and ongoing demons don’t bode well for the kind of long-term trust needed for a team to invest in a long-term deal.
And such is the riddle with Hamilton: do you bank on the man’s skills, or remain wary of his addictions?
Complicating the matter is Hamilton’s injury history, which is extensive. 2012 was actually the high-water mark in the outfielder’s career in games played, with 148. Before that, however, Hamilton hadn’t played th...
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A new book by baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan will be a bit of a sizzler.
The game's all-time strikeout king is also a longtime Texas rancher and has compiled dozens of his favorite recipes for ''The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook.'' Little, Brown and Co. announced Monday that the book is scheduled for May 2014.
The 65-year-old Ryan also plans to work in a few baseball...
Mike Napoli frightens me.
Everything about him frightens me. When he comes up to bat against the Red Sox, I’m always frightened that he’s going to hit a ball into the last row of the upper deck and then throw his wad of chewing tobacco at the pitcher. I’m frightened when he makes eye contact with the camera. If I saw him in the streets, I’d turn and run the opposite way...
WHERE'S THE BEEF?
The Hall of Fame pitcher-turned-Texas Rangers CEO and President reportedly is working on a book of recipes, fittingly entitled The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook.
Mike Napoli is taking the free agent tour around the major leagues.
A catcher for the Rangers since 2011, the seven-year veteran has been pursued by several teams this offseason. The Red Sox and Mariners are reportedly the two clubs most interested, with Napoli saying he’s willing to make a move to first base if that’s what his new team wants.
Napoli was reportedly in Boston...
The Texas Rangers added another arm for spring training by acquiring right-hander Cory Burns from San Diego for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Burns, who was designated for assignment by the Padres last week, made his major-league debut with San Diego by pitching in 17 games last season. He allowed 11 runs in 18 innings. He spent most of the season in Triple...
It seems that every MLB team is pining after free agent first baseman/catcher Mike Napoli this offseason, so you have to wonder why the Texas Rangers don’t seem to be rushing to re-sign their 2012 All Star.
The Rangers didn’t offer Napoli a qualifying offer this year after he rejected a three-year, $38 million extension last offseason. Napoli is meeting with the Rangers this...
NEW YORK (AP) -- A new book by baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan will be a bit of a sizzler.
The game's all-time strikeout king is also a longtime Texas rancher and has compiled dozens of his favorite recipes for "The Nolan Ryan Beef Cookbook." Little, Brown and Co. announced Monday that the book is scheduled for May 2014.
The 65-year-old Ryan also plans to work in...
Mike Napoli sits atop of Boston’s wish list.
According to the Boston Herald, Napoli is reportedly the Red Sox’ first option in free agency. If the club manages to reach an agreement with Napoli, they’d likely pencil him in at first base as opposed to catcher.
Napoli, who has already convened with the Red Sox and Mariners, is scheduled to sit down with the Rangers on Wednesday...
Tigres del Licey right fielder Engel Beltre broke out of his slump on Monday by clubbing a two-run home run, his first of the Dominican Winter League campaign. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's winterball action in the Texas Rangers' system.
Pitcher Scott Feldman signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, the team announced. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The right-hander pitched in 29 games for the Texas Rangers last season, including 21 starts. He posted a 5.09 ERA in 123 2/3 innings. The Rangers declined their 2013 option for Feldman last month, and gave him $600,000 buyout vs. $9.25 million salary.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote up a comparison between Scott Feldman and Brandon McCarthy, noting that the two pitchers were probably more similar than their reputations would lead you to believe. As McCarthy noted in response, Feldman and McCarthy both altered their approaches to lean on the cut fastball while they were teammates in Texas, and the similarities are likely not a...
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It’s been a while, so let’s get caught up on Free Agent news around the club. There hasn’t been much movement around Detroit, but some interesting things nonetheless.
I am fascinated by the Josh Hamilton situation. Living in Dallas, I can tell you that the club’s attitude towards him...
The clacking you hear is the sound of dominoes falling throughout the major leagues.
Wednesday, B.J. Upton agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million contract with the Atlanta Braves.
Thursday, the Washington Nationals acquired center fielder Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins for pitching prospect Alex Meyer.
A quick assessment of what the moves mean for other players in the Hot Stove...