Archive for the ‘Rangers’ category

Phils looking for some outfield help.

April 1, 2009

jonesnSeems the Philadelphia Phillies may have some interest in both Gary Sheffield and Andruw Jones. To Replace recently release Geoff Jenkins.

Sheffield was released yesterday by the Detroit Tigers and Jones is competing with Frank Catalanato for a spot on the 25 man roster with the Texas Rangers. From what I have been hearing it seems that Jones most likely will win that spot, however that doesn’t mean that couldn’t change if the Phillies want to make a deal for him.

I would think Sheffield is the better option for thePhillies offensively, however there still is the question on whether or not he will be able to preform in the field .  Here’s an Idea, Ruben Amaro Jr the Phillies new Gm should call up Brian Cashman and see what they have in trade for Melky Cabrera who recently lost his starting CF job to Rookie Brett Gardner.  Now I’m not saying I have heard anything like this but If it comes true just remember who called it first.

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Rangers still contemplate Jone’s Fate

March 30, 2009

andruwjones_thumbThe Rangers may not decide between Frank Catalanato or Andrew Jones before they break camp on Thursday. This spring Cat is hitting .344 with one homer and 6RBI’s in 32 at bats while Jones sports a .277 average with one home run and 4 RBI in 47 at bats. It would seem that Cat is the better choice even though hes 34 years old. But wait a minute ,The Rangers already have 4 lefty hitters in their line up and one switch hitter. Is adding another lefty bat  a good Idea.

The Story of Andrew Jones is a sad one he went from 10 time gold glove winner and starting CFer for the Atlanta Braves to hitting .158 in 208 AB (talk about losing your Mojo) in 2008 .The question you must be asking is how does someone go from the top of their game to bottom of the trash heap? My best guess is Money makes you lazy. Just ask Angel Berroa,Jimmy Gobble,Melky  Cabrera,Nomar Garciapara or Pudge Rodriguez. Now I’m not saying all these players got lazy and lost their Mojos. I’m sure some of them were probably Juicing and decided it wasn’t worth getting caught (see Pudge’s enlarged head) Still others got cocky and lost their work ethic.

Is it to late for Andrew ? Is he done at 30? Will he ever find that swing again that made him one of the most feared hitters in baseball? Only time will tell. My advice to Texas is to give him a shot.  It’s a Bench role anyhow if it doesn’t work out you can DFA him later but even with the good hitting Spring that Catanlanato is having Jones is still younger and better. I think that the going from 14 million a year to 1 million should be incentive to Jones to reinvent his career.  Andrew go get a new personal trainer and stay away from the donut table.