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Kinsler, other former Rangers are getting the last laugh

And the bleeding doesn’t stop; if anything, it’s getting worse.

The Rangers have more players done for the season than any other Major League club has players on the injured list. That comes after it was announced that Jurickson Profar likely won’t play a game as his shoulder rehab has met further complications – and now Prince Fielder, the guy who was supposed to single-handedly carry the club back to the World Series, is done the year and will have neck surgery, ending the year with a grand total of three home runs and 16 RBI in 42 games.

At the rate things are going, by September it will be the Myrtle Beach Pelicans playing at Globe Life Park – with a Class A level attendance as well.

Profar is fast becoming a concern for me, and looking like he could be the worst failed can’t-miss prospect since Ruben Mateo.

But the big problem is Fielder, who now may have become an albatross around this franchise’s neck, no pun intended. I’m not a medical expert by any stretch, but I know the neck is part of the spine, just like the back. And Matt Harrison’s career has been completely derailed by back surgeries. So I can’t hold my breath that Prince can come back from this operation and be anything close to player he once was. And this is a guy the Rangers have to pay around $130 million over the next six years after this.

It gets worse: Fielder supposedly had neck problems since last year and the Tigers surely knew something. And whiz kid Jon Daniels didn’t bother making Fielder taking a physical when the deal was made, and now is trying to use the sheepish excuse of “if we’d issued a physical, we still likely wouldn’t have discovered anything like this.”

Meanwhile, Ian Kinsler, the player who was supposedly finished and the Rangers had to get rid of because he was definitely never going to do anything? Only batting .326 now with 34 21 RBI in 44 games.

We have no choice to chalk this trade up as a failure now, and add Kinsler to the growing list of former players starring elsewhere while the Rangers are sadly heading down the road to nowhere.

The frustration on how this season has gone so far is not just the number of players the Rangers have shelved; it’s how many former Rangers are shining elsewhere while this team plummets, making the club look even more foolish.

How would the Rangers look if they had any of these guys right now?

Nelson Cruz: 15 home runs, 43 RBI in 45 games.

Darren O’Day: 0.95 ERA in 19 innings.

Koji Uehara: 1.02 ERA in 17.2 innings, nine for nine in save appearances.

Joe Nathan: 2-0, 11 of 14 in save appearances.

And yes, I’m sorry to bring THIS guy up, but…

CJ Wilson: 6-3, 3.00 ERA in 10 starts.

Rangers fans love to praise Jon Daniels for being the anti-Jerry Jones, mainly that he shows no long-term loyalty to players, treating them with a “what have you done lately?” attitude and casting them aside while looking for the player to actually improve the club, while Jerry gives long-term deals to players and sees them decline and eat up payroll.

Now, I would never say anyone should run a team like Jerry, anyone who knows me knows that. But JD now appears to perhaps be going too far to the other extreme. And this lack of loyalty to players may finally be biting Daniels in the rear, as his replacements are simply not playing up to snuff while those he spurned are having the last laugh.

I never held a grudge against Kinsler for his “I hope they lose 162 games” comment, because it takes stronger words than that to get me butthurt.

But in some way, Kinsler has to be enjoying this. And, barring a miracle turnaround with their Plan E players, Rangers “fans” are going to have to endure Ian’s team in the postseason while theirs is sitting at home.


Rangers Trade Ian For Prince… WHAT??????

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What happened?

I come back from a long trip to Lexington to see the UTA Mavericks try their hardest but still get soundly beaten by Kentucky, and I expect things to be a bit calmer for at least a while. Ho boy, was I wrong on that.

Just hours after getting home, the news hit hard. Ian Kinsler gone – traded to the Detroit Tigers for… Prince Fielder???

Of course, everyone is dancing in the streets at this, especially shouting, “that worthless piece of sh*t Kinsler is gone!!!” Pretty much everyone in so-called “Ranger Nation” has spewed venomous abuse at Kinsler, acting like he was the absolute worst player ever and that they wouldn’t mind at all if he got hit by a semi several times. I’ve already seen posts about “addition by subtraction,” like he was this horrible person in the clubhouse too even though there is every indication he was the exact opposite.

Well, pardon me if I’m not among those declaring this to be the greatest move in the history of baseball and another shining reason why Jon Daniels is a greater genius than Stephen Hawking who has never made a bad move in his entire life.

When the Rangers failed to sign Fielder back in January of 2012, I breathed a sigh of relief, especially with the contract the Tigers ended up giving him. I didn’t want Texas throwing away that much money on his type of player then, so I do have precedent with this.

If I was more of a Grassy Knoll type of guy (ironic, given what anniversary is upon us), I might say this is yet another move Jon Daniels is making solely to try ad drive Ron Washington out of town. I will say this is a move that makes very little sense in that Prince Fielder is the exact opposite of everything Wash wants in a player and everything the Ranger shave stood for since 2009.

Once upon a time, the Rangers chose to build a team solely around big guys who hit for power and nothing else – no speed and no defense. It did not work, to say the least. Then Ron Washington came on board, and at long last things started changing. You had to be able to field your position well to get on the field. You had to be able to run and make things happen on the basepaths.

Well, that’s all out the window now, as the epitome of “can’t field and can’t run” will be wearing their uniform.

If Fielder is a full-time designated hitter and Mitch Moreland or almost anyone else plays first, this might look better. But within a short time after the trade, Daniels began saying that Fielder is definitely their first baseman. (Um, why is the GM and not the manager saying where someone is going to play months before spring training even opens?)

Remember how everyone complained about bad Michael Young was at first in 2011, how his lack of range killed a team that still was one play (elsewhere) from winning it all? Yeah, sure bet Fielder’s even worse. In fact, he should be legally required to change that name, because “fielder” isn’t anywhere in his game.

Basically, here’s the strategy for anyone playing against the Rangers: Hit a grounder. Especially to the right side.

People are quick to point out how the Tigers still made the World Series in 2012 and ALCS last year with not only Fielder at first but another limited defender in Miguel Cabrera at third. The Tigers could get away with that because their pitchers led the majors in strikeouts. Outside of Yu Darvish, the Rangers’ pitching staff is built around putting the ball in play and trusting their defense. Can’t do that anymore.

I get the logic. The Rangers desperately needed power, and the free agent crop in the department is thin. They had to pull off some type of move like this to improve there. But outside of hitting home runs, there pretty much is nothing else Fielder can do.

Heck, this will likely result in Adrian Beltre having the worst year of his life if he’s going to bat after Fielder. No more doubles for Belt; if he’s batting with Prince on first, he can’t get anything other than a single if he keeps it in the park, – even with a shot into the 407 gap, he’ll still have to stop at first because Prince can’t go past second.

Doesn’t it say something that the Tigers were willing to pull this trade just two years after giving Fielder a nine-year contract? At least A-Rod lasted three with the Rangers.

So basically, by making this trade, the Rangers took on someone with a contract with A-Rod-like implications and the inability to catch anything, and they have now quadrupled the demands for Jurickson Profar, so so far has failed to live up to all those lofty expectations. He now has to become one of the absolute best players in the game, or else.

If Fielder plays the field and Profar is anything less than an All-Star, don’t expect the Rangers to even come close to a tie-breaking game in 2014.

What has happened to me? At one time in my life, I was the pinnacle of seeing the Rangers through rose-colred glasses, to the chagrin of almost everyone I knew. Now, it looks to me like, little by little, this front office is destroying everything they built because the GM wants to treat them like a fantasy team and not an actual team. They’re slowly turning back into the Rangers of the 90s, and that’s not exactly a good thing.

I need to find something to take my mind off of this. Oh look, the Rangers have sent out their ads for next year’s season tickets.

There’s a picture of Kinsler on it. Smooth, Rangers.