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Prince Fielder introduced by Texas Rangers, chooses #84 as his jersey number

December 2, 2013
(AP Photo/Richard Rodriguez)

(AP Photo/Richard Rodriguez)

This week, new Texas Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder was introduced to the media after a blockbuster trade that sent second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers.

With his new team also comes a new jersey number. Fielder will wear No. 84 with the Rangers, not the No. 28 he had worn through his 1,322 career games with Milwaukee (2005-11) and Detroit (2012-13).

“It’s a new start I guess, and 84 is the year I was born. It’s just fresh,” Prince said. “I think it works.”

That also happens to be the last year the Tigers won the World Series.

(AP Photo/Richard Rodriguez)

(AP Photo/Richard Rodriguez)

Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels believes that Fielder is ready for a new beginning and can help the Rangers score runs more consistently.

“A guy of his magnitude, a perennial MVP candidate and one of the top power hitters in the game, isn’t available if he’s coming off a career year,” Daniels said. “Based on the work we’ve done and our reports on him, we’re confident there’s a lot more in the tank.”

Prince is confident, and he’s excited to get going.

“I just want to play,” Fielder said. “Right field is very nice for me, so I’m definitely going to look into that. I’m happy to be here. I just want to play hard and win some games.”

I am a jersey fanatic and I think that having the #84 in baseball is a ridiculous number. In baseball, only players from the minor leagues wear that high of a number during spring training games because the rosters are very large and the players are not guaranteed a major league roster spot. The last #84 I could think of is former Giants and Angels first baseman J.T. Snow. He wore #84 in 2006 for the Boston Red Sox in honor of his father Jack, a former NFL player.  As for the all star’s new start in Ranger blue, Prince will be at a place where he can find the power in his swing. That little league park in Arlington is going to help the slugger produce some big numbers and I expect the big fella to have success deep in the heart of Texas…

Yankees and Mariners trade finalized and Cashman shocked Yankee fans

January 24, 2012

“He may very well be the best player I’ve traded.”

Those are the words Yankees GM Brian Cashman used regarding the young catcher Jesus Montero in the exchange for All-Star pitcher Michael Pineda and 19-year-old pitching prospect Jose Campos.

This trade as I said in my previous post was all about need-for-need: power arm in exchange for power bat.

Pineda immediately brings youth to the Yankees rotation. He just turned 23 and was an All-Star in his rookie season last year. Pineda went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA and led all of baseball in holding right-handed batters to just a .184 average. He struck out 173 in 171 innings.

And no matter what arms Seattle had last season they lacked one thing to win ball games, Runs. Seattle hit just .233 as a team, scored 556 runs — worst in all of baseball — and hit only 109 homers in 2011. Seattle has failed to average four runs per game each of the past three seasons.

Montero could eventually provide the boost Seattle needs. During his brief call-up last September, Montero showed patience at the plate and an ability to hit with power to the opposite field. So before even playing his first game in Seattle, Montero is already being touted as the middle-of-the-order answer to the Mariners’ offensive woes.

Let’s put this trade to rest Yankee fans who miss Montero and realize this could turn into a Hamitlon-Volquez type trade that Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik projects:

“I look at it like we had a need and we were trying to address that need, and to get really good players you have to give up really good players. If this goes down and helps the Yankees and helps us both long term and short term, it’s a win-win for everybody.”

Royals moving in the right direction: Trade CF Melky Cabrera to Giants for LHP Jonathan Sanchez

November 7, 2011

Via ESPN:

The Kansas City Royals have traded outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and another minor league pitcher.

Sanchez was the Giants’ best pitcher during the latter part of 2010, when they beat the Texas Rangers to win the World Series. But he was just 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA this season before missing the final month with a left ankle sprain.

Cabrera hit a career-best .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBIs in his first season with the Royals. By dealing him to San Francisco, Kansas City opens up a spot in its outfielder for hotshot prospect Lorenzo Cain, who hit .312 at Triple-A Omaha this season.

The Royals also get left-hander Ryan Verdugo in the deal. He was 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA for Double-A Richmond this year.

What a deal by the Royals. I think they are heading towards success in the AL Central. With this trade, it solidifies their rotation to greatness in the next few years. Cabrera had a great year but with Lorenzo Cain ( former Milwaukee Brewer) hitting so well in Triple A and can give you equal production if not better production then it was okay to let him go. I love Sanchez as a left handed pitcher in major league baseball. I wish the Mets would have picked him up in that trade with Carlos Beltran. He has got huge potential with plus stuff and is still young. I think this trade is why the Royals want to win now and their organization is starting to get it. Take a look at next years rotation. Hochevar, Duffy, Sanchez, Montgomery, along with Paulino, Chen, and other minor leaguers fighting for that number 5 spot. I really like that rotation and they are all young flamethrowers. The Royals looking to be crowns of that division someday and they can start now with that trade…

Sources: Michael Young wants out of Texas

February 7, 2011

Via ESPN:

The team captain is ready to break ranks.

Michael Young told the Texas Rangers last week that he does not want to be a full-time designated hitter and wants to be traded, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

The six-time All-Star has spent his entire 11-year career with the Rangers. He has made other moves to accommodate the team, moving from second base to shortstop for Alfonso Soriano in 2004 and from short to third base for Elvis Andrus in 2009.

With the signing of Adrian Beltre to play third, Young was told that he would be primarily a DH and also fill in at all infield positions. The Rangers then traded for Mike Napoli, meaning Young might lose time at first base and DH.

Young said in the beginning of January that he wanted to be in Texas, but he appears to have changed his mind.

That doesn’t mean that the Rangers will give him away. The team does not want to trade Young unless the deal improves the club, sources told Olney. Texas has had talks with the Rockies about Young, but both sides need concessions to make a trade work.

Young hit .284 with 21 homers and 91 RBIs in 157 games for a Rangers team that reached the World Series. He committed 19 errors at third last season, the same number as Beltre.

Young’s desire to be traded was first reported by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

When I read this headline I was just straight up shocked. The face of the Rangers franchise for 11 years now wants out. This really angers me and cannot be true because he has not been given the respect he deserves. Being an All-Star and switching multiple positions for new players has been enough to earn you the respect and stop getting bullied around right? I guess not apparently. He is a true class act and a solid player with a few years left in him. I hope he can stay in Texas with that dynamic offense or win a championship with another franchise…