Monday Morning Manager…Welcome to Las Vegas
The Rangers are usually quiet at the winter meetings but they struck first on Sunday when they traded Gerald Laird to the Tigers for Minor League pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Carlos Melo.
Moscoso is a 25-year-old right-hander from Venezuela who was 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 21 games, including 12 starts, between Class A Lakeland and Double A Erie this past season. Moscoso, who can both start and pitch in relief, is 2-1 with an 8.36 ERA in eight games in the Venezuelan Winter League.
A Detroit official described him as a pitcher with a 91-93 mile per hour fastball with an average breaking ball and a developing changeup. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll compete for a job on the Major League level in Spring Training.
Melo, 17, is a 6-foot-3 right-hander from the Dominican Republic who has yet to pitch in the United States. He was 3-3 with a 5.14 ERA in 14 games in the Dominican Summer League with 61 strikeouts and 20 walks in 49 innings. The report on him is that he has an “electric” fastball.
1. What’s your take on the Gerald Laird trade in light that the Rangers did not get a Major League-ready pitcher?
2. Who should be the Rangers Opening Day catcher?
3. Do you think it’s imperative that the Rangers should come away from Las Vegas with a legitimate starting pitcher for their rotation.
4. Are you surprised that the Rangers are sitting out of the free agent market?
5. Should Al Oliver be elected to the Hall of Fame?