Photo by Sam MertenThe scene yesterday afternoon in the lobby of the Hilton Anatole.Likely bracing for the departure of free-agent hurler C.J. Wilson, the Texas Rangers have already inked former Minnesota Twins closer Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million contract and announced Neftali Feli ... More >>
Photos courtesy Texas RangersNo need to place all of the blame on Nellie. There are plenty of other folks at fault for losing the World Series.No matter how hard you try to find a scapegoat, the story of the 2011 World Series doesn't have a chapter about its version of Bill Buckner, nor shoul ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenNelson Cruz giving me a free ticket to the gun show last year.As the trade deadline approached in July 2006, it seemed inevitable that Jon Daniels would make a bold move to bolster a mediocre offense in his first season as general manager.
He targeted the best hitter on the mar ... More >>
First place, thanks to 1st base.
With his 11th-inning homer to beat the looming storm last night in Arlington, Mitch Moreland not only provided a walk-off win over the Houston Astros but also further cemented our confidence that he's the Rangers' 1st baseman of the present, and the futu ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenJon Daniels, Adrian Beltre, Ron Washington and Scott Boras celebrate Beltre's new contract. Nolan Ryan, Chuck Greenberg and Thad Levine were also on hand for the occasion.As we speculated on the night Cliff Lee agreed to his contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, the Tex ... More >>
Sam MertenThanks for the memories, Cliff.After much procrastination, former Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee has decided to return to the Philadelphia Phillies, according to MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan, with Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeting that the deal is for five years and approximately $ ... More >>
This doesn't look good.
The New York Yankees make free-agent pitcher Cliff Lee an offer of six years between $140-$150 million. (UPDATE: How about a seventh year?!) Lee's agent, Darek Brauneker, puts the offer in his briefcase, leaves baseball's winter meetings early and flies to Arkans ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenDamn. If Jayson Werth commands a seven-year, $126 million deal, how much is this guy worth?Prior to the beginning of baseball's winter meetings yesterday at Walt Disney World Resort, a flurry of activity resulted in big-name players dealt and fat contracts inked. Predictab ... More >>
Photos by Sam MertenAll-Stars Josh Hamilton and Elvis AndrusAs Richie mentions in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, the Texas Rangers could be headed toward their winningest season in franchise history, as they nabbed their 50th win of the season last night and increased their lead to ... More >>
Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took a lot of crap early in his career.
Altogether now ...
Chris Young and Adrian Gonzalez to the San Diego Padres for who?!
If you remember the answer is Adam Eaton, you have an idea of just how far Daniels has progressed.
As if sque ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of you're rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End:
*If you saw the abortion that was Joe Buck Live on HBO Monday night, know this: It could have been much worse. How's that? Guess who Buck begged and pleaded to have on his virginal voyage? That's ri ... More >>
Armando Galaragga was the only thing of value Jon Daniels was able to get from the Alfonso Soriano trade. Then he gave him away for a player the Rangers released. Whoops.
You want more hot-stove baseball talk from Sam? Merry Christmas ...
As mentioned yesterday, Jon Daniels is entering his fourt ... More >>
Here in The Sportatorium, every now and then we like to talk baseball. I mean hard-core, balls-and-strikes baseball.
By "every now and then" I mean this morning. And by "we", of course, I mean seamhead colleague Sam Merten.
Sam, the floor is yours:
For those of you distracted by Sean Avery's ... More >>