Texas Rangers Free Agency Rumors: Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton, or Justin Upton... Who Will Texas Choose?
The Winter meetings have come and gone. The annual event was held this year in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel, where owners, general managers, and agents wined and dined each other for 4 straight nights.
Last year in Dallas the Los Angeles Angels completely stole the show by signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to record contracts. The latter was of course expected, but the former was a would-be stake in the hearts of both the Texas Ranger organization as well as every Ranger fan in the land.
This time of year far too many people pay too much attention to the wrong numbers. The contracts tend to dominate the discussion at the winter meetings. So, when a deal is made like the one the Angels made with Pujols, who was coming off his worst season, everyone lauds the Angels an instant contender. No mind is paid to his steadily declining numbers and the fact that Angel Stadium is a pretty solid pitcher’s park. No comparison is made to the infamous contract Texas gave Alex Rodriguez in 2001 outside of the fact that they are roughly for the same amount of money and years.
Miguel Cabrera is on the verge of something historic.
Cabrera enters the final weekend of the regular season with a .329 batting average, 44 home runs, and 137 RBI, all of which currently lead the American League. If he maintains these leads, Cabrera would become the first MLB player to win the Triple Crown since 1967, when Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat during with the Boston Red Sox.
His lead in all three categories is far from safe, however. Mike Trout could pass Cabrera in batting average by going 4-for-4, while four different players are within three of Cabrera’s home run total. His edge in RBI does appear safe, though only a fool would doubt the ability of second-place Josh Hamilton (127 RBI) to have a monster weekend.
Right when it looked liked the Sox were going to get their entire team healthy, another injury has struck their fragile lineup. Willie Middlebrooks got hit in his right wrist by a 95 mile an hour fastball thrown by Esmil Rogers in the ninth inning, suffering a broken wrist. At this point it is still unsure how long he will miss, but missing the season is the likely scenario. It seems like the Sox may not ever get healthy enough to put there projected starting lineup on the field.
Middlebrooks was the who was good enough to allow the Red Sox to give away Kevin Youkilis. This move may come back to haunt them now that Youkilis' went down to the injury bug making him the 25th player to go on the disabled list this year. The Red Sox have had a Major League leading amount of games missed due to injury as of when Middlebrooks went down. If the Sox can actually grind out a playoff run it would be nothing short of miraculous with the luck they have had with the disabled list.
New York Yankees News: Bronx Bombers Should Be Concerned About Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia And Starting Rotation
After watching Phil Hughes give up seven earned runs in four innings of a 10-7 loss against the Blue Jays this afternoon, the Yankees should officially be concerned about their starting rotation. Hughes missed his spots all afternoon, and got pounded by a Blue Jays team fielding what was essentially a spring training lineup.
The more you watch Hughes pitch, the more you have to think that he just isn't good enough to be a starter. His numbers on the season are respectable-11 wins, 10 losses, a 4.44 ERA-but he's a two pitch pitcher, and the two pitches aren't all that good. Not to mention, starters just don't get away with only being able to throw two pitches consistently.
The AL West has not been quite the contentious rollercoaster this season that most analysts predicted it would be. There are numerous reasons for this, the first of which has to do with how polar opposite the two division favorites, the Rangers and Angels, played in during the first month of the season.
Texas rolled off the starting line like it had a Gibraltar-sized chip on its shoulder, blowing up their competition for a 17-6 clip. Yu Darvish was competing for the league lead in wins and everybody was hitting well, especially Josh Hamilton. On the other side of the West played the Angels, and the story for the first two months of the season in Anaheim was not like it was in Arlington. Jered Weaver will always be Jered Weaver, but everyone around him was detonating, including new blue chip free agent Albert Pujols (fresh off defeating the Rangers in the World Series). And, after a 6-14 showing Angels manager Mike Scioscia called up Mike Trout because, why not?