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.
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?