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Profar is best as a trade piece now for Rangers

The inevitable on Juickson Profar’s lost season appears to have been confirmed.

Just weeks after the Rangers and team doctors suggested he would be out for the rest of the year, the infield phenom himself recently stated it looks like he won’t play at all after re-aggravating his injured shoulder.

Thus the young kid who was supposed to immediately show how much more awesome he was than stupid ol’ Ian Kinsler (the fans and media’s words, not his or mine) won’t play a game in 2014. With Both Profar and the man the Rangers got for Kinsler, Prince Fielder, both gone, that pretty much has to be declared a failure of a trade all around.

So what do they do now?

Profar’s injury forced the Rangers to call up their other can’t miss infield prospect, Rougned Odor, much sooner than they wanted. The good news is that Odor has actually risen to the opportunity, batting .281, and while his production (6 runs and 11 RBI in 22 games) has dropped off, it still shows more than the other infield prospect called up, Luis Sardinas.

But that leads to another problem. Even if the Rangers sign the likes of Kendrys Morales to give Odor some time off and hopefully avoid the rookie wall, there is pretty much no way they can send Odor back to the minors if he keeps this up.

Which is why the subject has to be approached. Jurickson Profar, by this time, may have become an expendable piece that the team simply can no longer hang on to and is probably better as trade bait.

Odor for now seems to have won the spot as the Rangers’ second baseman of the future. So what could they possibly do with Profar now? Convert him to a third baseman and drag him out for another two years until Beltre’s contract is up?

Of course, that’s not the option that so many on the social media seem to want. They see another person as expendable.

Yes, their solution – is too trade Elvis Andrus.

Because continuing to dump the players that were part of those trips to the World Series has been working so well, right? CJ Wilson, Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz, Kinsler…. one by one the Rangers have listened to the knee-jerk fans who cry that since that team didn’t get the job done (because of ONE fly ball), every single player from there is worthless and needs to be replaced.

The result has been that they have constantly lost players with the experience of playing on the biggest stage and are now having to wait for younger guys to learn while the rest of the division gets better.

And now Andrus? He’s somehow done as a player that can contribute? Even though he has more runs scored and only three fewer RBI than Shin-Soo Choo?


If you are giving me a choice between a veteran that has already established himself on this team and a kid that had been extremely over-hyped, I’ll take the veteran.

In Profar, I haven’t seen a Rangers prospect so excessively hyped since Ruben Mateo. And that one didn’t work out too well.

This isn’t just the fact that Profar won’t play at all this season. For one resin or another, Ron Washington didn’t want him in the lineup these past two years. Maybe he sees something that other people don’t.

The Rangers won’t get anything for Profar when the July deadline comes. But if they can convince other teams that he has completely recovered by season’s end, an off-season deal for a catcher or power hitting outfielder could be possible.

It’s time to start looking past the hype and realize that Profar might not have a future here and others have passed him by. I’ve heard people say time and time again that we need to “move on” from all the players the Rangers cast off, even as they succeed elsewhere. But we have to stick with Profar just because people say he’s GUARANTEED to be a star? Nothing’s guaranteed.

It’s time to move on from Jurickson Profar.


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 Shouldn’t Need the Russell Wilson Sideshow

Marc McLemore surely did not mind when the Rangers gave the No. 3 he had worn for years with the club to Alex Rodriguez, given what was expected of A-Rod when he came to Texas in 2001.

But you have to wonder what he feels of the person currently wearing that number in Surprise, AZ, right now.

The Rangers Spring Training facilities have suddenly become home to a media circus, with reporters from ESPN and the MLB Network and thousands of new fans in droves. But are they there to see the Rangers’ new acquisitions, or even the international star that is Yu Darvish?

No. All they care about is someone who’s chances of playing at Globe Life Park are beyond nil – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who the Rangers acquired in the Rule 5 Draft last December.

The throngs in Surprise Stadium with footballs, not baseballs, to sign, made it clear they didn’t give a crap about the actual baseball players. One even showed up with a sign reading, “Sorry Rangers’ Fans, We’re Here For Wilson.”

“Hopefully, the Dallas fans won’t get too mad,” Wilson told USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale.

Consider this one Rangers fan more than a bit perturbed.

This is not what should be getting the Rangers a front-fold sports story in The Nation’s News.

Instead of focusing on whether Prince Felder will turn his career around now that he’s in new territory or whether Shin Soo Choo will live up to expectations, this Rangers’ preseason has been overtaken with the question of whether the current NFL champion will become the next Bo Jackson.

Really? Does anyone really think that’s going to happen? Forget whether someone who so far has a .229 average in two years at the lowest level has a snowball’s chance in You-Know-Where of making a team with an infield of Fielder, Adrian Beltre, Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar – do you really think the Seahawks will allow their golden QB to take the field in another sport?

And there are definitely some within the baseball ranks not happy with Wilson taking up a Spring Training spot, like Giants pitching prospect Andrew Carignan, who Tweeted, “Hey, .230 hitters in A Ball, you want to go to a big league camp? Win a Super Bowl.”

The more I look at this, the more I get a bad gut feeling this has Ray Davis and Bob Simpson written all over it and that now that a certain strikeout king is no longer in North Texas, they feel free to churn out any sideshow-like activity that will draw the fringe media out there rather than actually let the club focus on the game itself.

General manager Jon Daniels is doing nothing to diffuse this situation, saying things like, “If we can just get Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Timberlake out here, we can take it to another level.”

Why? Why does a team that was in the freaking World Series less than three years ago and supposedly won this past off-season (which quite a few people seem to take stock in) need to send a sideshow from another sport in order to garner attention?

It seems the only one who is currently maintaining any sanity is Ron Washington, who has refused to allow Wilson to play the field or take batting practice.

Wash should get another year on his contract just for that decision alone.

He used the politically correct response of “Man, I can’t just do that. We wouldn’t be able to sleep the night on the half-percent chance that something would happen.”

I can’t help but wonder what the people in Seattle think of this. You would think they would be in an uproar that their meal ticket to football dynasty is even considering playing another sport. If so, it may be the first time Seattle fans and I ever agreed on anything. (Well, that and the fact that they got screwed out of their basketball team, but that’s another story.)

And before you accuse me of just being a whiner because of my well-known dislike of American football, let me ask this: What would you think if LeBron James showed up at Cowboys training camp in pads?

Do you think the Yankees or the Red Sox or the Dodgers would allow a sideshow like this to take over their preseason? This sadly goes to show once more, how little the Rangers are respected as an Organization and the lengths they must go to in order to garner attention.

That attention will all go away in a week or two when Wash is able to put that red card in Wilson’s locker (Do they still do that like they did in Major League?) signaling has being cut from Spring Training.

The good news: The real baseball players can get back to preparing for their season.

Rowdy Time Gamenight: 8/24/13



RANGERS 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
 WHITE SOX 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1

W – N Jones ; L – T Scheppers
HR – A Jones ; A Rios

G – Alan Gordon, 8′ , Steven Beitashour, 16′ , Blas Pérez, 19′ , Michel, 72′


MIDLAND 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 
RIDERS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2

W – Drew Carpenter L – Arlett Mavare
HR – Conner Crumbliss ; Teodoro Martinez


AIRHOGS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
WICHITA 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 13 

W – Justin Klipp ; L – Gabriel Garcia
HR – CJ Ziegler

Rowdy Time Gamenight: 8/23/13


RANGERS 0 4 1 1 1 0 1 2 1 11 11  1
WHITE SOX 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1  5 11 


RIDERS 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10  0
 SAN ANTONIO 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

W – Jerad Eickhoff; L – Donn Roach


AIRHOGS 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
 WICHITA 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 1

W – James Giulietti ; L – Curtis Camilli
HR – Andres Rodriguez