Nolan Ryan talks Guerrero, pitching, Jon Daniels
Rangers president Nolan Ryan addressed a few subjects on his club Wednesday afternoon…
* Ryan said the Rangers would still like to add a veteran hitter off the bench now that Jim Thome has signed with the Twins.
“It’s always nice to have a veteran bat off the bench,” Ryan said. “It gives you an opportunity late in the game if you don’t like the matchups. I’m not sure that person is out there.”
* Ryan admitted that Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez probably don’t fit that profile…
“We thought Thome had a niche you’d like,” Ryan said. “I don’t think some of the other free agents fit that niche. I don’t picture Guerrero as a player in that role after the year he had for us last year and the role he played on the team. I’d have to think both of them are looking for more at-bats and playing time on a day-to-day basis.”
* Ryan on the possibility of adding more starting pitching…
“I’m happy with the mount of talent we have in our pitching prospects. When you look at Michael Kirkkman, Derek Holland and Tommy Hunter, they have the talent you’re looking for in your starting pitchers. It’s a matter of them going to Spring Training and being consistent. It will really come down this spring who we are most comfortable with.
“Everybody is looking for veteran starters that can give you innings and get you deep into games. But I don’t think it’s realistic we can acquire somebody of that nature.”
* Ryan said the Rangers will get an extension done for general manager Jon Daniels, who is signed through 2011.
“That will be a priority in the next couple of weeks,” Ryan said.