Ron Washington on Josh Hamilton, Neftali Feliz, Mitch Moreland

Ron Washington spoke with the media this afternoon. Among what he had to say was:

* He wants Josh Hamilton back in left field to reduce the wear and tear on his body. He wants Julio Borbon to seize the center field spot and hold on to it.

* The Rangers have talked about Neftali Feliz in the rotation. But Washington has made it clear that he would like Feliz in the bullpen as his closer, getting those final three outs of a Rangers win.

* Washington said Mitch Moreland still has to earn the first base job in Spring Training. Moreland was terrific in post-season but Washington still wants to see improvement.

* Right now Washington said only C.J. Wilson and Colby Lewis are locked into the Rangers rotation next season. Everybody else will have to earn a job.

* Washington wants Vladimir Guerrero back as designated hitter. He is also not concerned with Guerrero tailing off in the second half of this past season.




It’d be nice to see Julio step up, take the next step in his development, win the centerfield job and keep it long term.

I cant wait for the season to begin and to see Hamilton in the field I love and enjoy what he does in the field.

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