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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

LeBreton on the Delgado situation 

Gil LeBreton today has a piece in the S-T about the Rangers' quiet pursuit of Carlos Delgado.

While I agree with a lot of LeBreton's central premise -- that most of the free agent signings this offseason have been excessive, particularly for pitchers, and the Rangers were wise to stay away -- he has a little more faith than I do in Tom Hicks' willingness to open his wallet.

I'm still disturbed by the rumblings -- Buck Showalter's denials notwithstanding -- that payroll is slotted at $52-55 million, and thus Soriano has to be traded to make room for Delgado in the budget.

While a Soriano deal isn't a bad thing in and of itself -- and LeBreton's whining notwithstanding, I'd deal Soriano for Chris Burke straight up -- the notion that this team can't afford both players is quite irritating. We'll see soon enough how serious Tom Hicks is about solidifying this team.


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Comments:
Adam,

How do you feel about the argument that signing Delgado is a mistake because the Rangers aren't going to contend for a title with him this year, so you might as well let Botts/Gonzalez get playing time and develop in the big leagues this season and then you can use the "delgado money" to resign your stars like Tex when he becomes a free agent.
 
Have the rumors of Soriano going to Arizona for Javier Vazquez completely died at this point? While a bit of a fly ball pitcher, Vazquez would obviously be a great addition to the rotation. The Snakes desperately need his arm as well, but could most certainly use Soriano at second, taking over for the woeful Craig Counsell.
 
I don't think Botts or Gonzalez will ever be as good as Delgado will be for the next few years. Delgado fills a need, and is a great fit for the park. And while I don't think they are title contenders with him in 2005, I didn't think they'd be in the pennant race last season...and if they had Delgado here at DH in 2004, they'd probably have made the playoffs.
 
I haven't heard anything about Soriano for Vazquez in a while.

Soriano to Houston seems to be the most likely scenario...and again, if they can't get anything but Chris Burke, I'd still make that deal.
 
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