Friday morning…Hamilton, Ortiz, Upton
So we know the Rangers want to move Alexi Ogando into the rotation and then upgrade their pitching. We know they are interested in Zack Greinke. We also know they have to find a catcher.
In the immortal words of Casey Stengel, “If you don’t have a catcher, you end up with a lot of passed balls.”
Or something like that.
Now reports are out that the Rangers are interested in David Ortiz. In other words, they are interested in a big power left-handed bat.
Kind of like Josh Hamilton, only this one can’t run or play the field. But he can hit cleanup.
Maybe behind B.J. Upton. The Rangers are also interested in Upton as a potential replacement for Hamilton in center field.
The Rangers do like Upton, who is also also free agent
Just like Hamilton.
The Rangers, besides fretting about their pitching and their catchers, are bracing for the increasing possibility that Hamilton will not be back next year.
Which has always been a possibility. There are some on Ballpark Way who are good with that. There are others who would like to see Hamilton return. The subject is debated on the shores of Mark Holtz Way, amicably and otherwise.
One thing seems clear. If Hamilton does get a mega-contract, it won’t be from the Rangers. The only mega-contract they’re willing to sign is one with Zack Greinke’s name on it.
Ortiz won’t get a mega-contract. But he could get a two-year deal, most likely with the Red Sox. But it doesn’t hurt for someone to make sure there are others beyond the Red Sox who have interest in him.
There is a Latin term for that but All Saints Day has come and gone.
The interest in Ortiz is in line with a simple Rangers philosophy: look for high profile, high impact players at manageable prices. See Guerrero, Vladimir or Sosa, Sammy.
Remember the Rangers expressed interest in Grady Sizemore about this time last season. But once he decided on an ill-fated return to the Indians, the Rangers stopped looking for a center fielder. They just thought Sizemore could be a high impact player if he could overcome previous injuries. The Indians found out that wasn’t the case.
Pitching and catching remain at the top of the list. But the list is longer than that. The offense will need to be addressed as well because Hamilton is going, going, going…
Too bad Ortiz can’t catch. Too bad Ian Kinsler can’t catch. Or Mike Olt. The Rangers would settle for Geovany Soto to being able to hit and possibly having Upton in center field next year.