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Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

Posted on: December 28, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2010 12:47 pm

RyanTeam president Nolan Ryan appeared on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket Monday, with the Dallas Morning News transcribing the content. Ryan spoke about ever-rising salaries and what it means to the Rangers.

"Obviously, the premier free agents…they’re just so few of them, they just keep going up and so what you have is a high-ish amount of people getting an unbelievable amount of money and it impacts everything else," Ryan said. "So we’re overpaying some free agents that probably shouldn’t be getting paid what they are."

The Rangers have been quiet this offseason despite the chase for Cliff Lee, signing catchers Yorvit Torrealba and Matt Treanor, the latter coming back to the team for $850,000. Torrealba inked a two-year, $6.25 million deal. Texas also acquired Mason Tobin in the Rule 5 draft via the Cubs. That's been it -- and that may have something to do with Ryan's preferences.

"My comfort level on free agency is three to four years and they think nothing of agents, nowadays, asking for seven. So, I don’t know, I don’t know how you justify something like that."

Clearly, the team justified offering more than four years to Lee, with six- and seven-year deals on the table for the left-hander. However, Lee was a special case: one of a handful of "true" aces in the game and who expressed a willingness to return to Texas. On a regular basis, free-agent deals lasting longer than four years rarely work out.

With free-agent pitcher Carl Pavano demanding at least three years and Texas not keen on meeting that asking price, the club reportedly agreed to terms with Brandon Webb, with only a physical standing in the way.

"It’s a little premature for me to make that prediction or not," Ryan said of inking Webb,  "But we’ve been in talks and had discussions with his agent and if you were to ask me today where we stand, I’d say we’re probably getting really close."

It's not just Webb left on the shopping list for Texas. The team needs a DH, and talks with incumbent Vladimir Guerrero haven't been fruitful. The Rangers appear to be exploring all other possibilities -- including a platoon at the spot.

"There’s several DHs that I think would be nice additions if you had the ability to sign a DH and then sign another one that might be good from the other side of the plate. He could give you some at-bats and maybe be a pinch hitter so yea, I’d say there are a few players out there that could still help the ball club but whether that’s doable or not, I don’t know."

One such player that could help is third baseman Adrian Beltre, who has found the market as chilly as last year. Only this time, he's coming off the pillow contract that worked wonders in Boston, but still no interest. That could open the door for Texas, although the team would be confronted with a tough situation in moving Michael Young to another position.

"When you have a player of [Beltre's] caliber out there, you have to have an interest if it’s realistic within what your budget is and how he would fit into your ball club and how you would hit him in the lineup and stuff of that nature," Ryan noted. "So, obviously with our ball club, it wouldn’t be nearly as clear-cut as somebody else, say whether it be the Angels and the rumor is that Oakland has made him [an] offer. I would say if you looked at the free agent market right now, he’s probably the premier free agent that’s still unsigned."

While you can't close the door on Beltre to Texas, it does appear that the team isn't seeking an outfielder. With Josh Hamilton's myriad injuries, he's best used as a left fielder and Texas wants to make that happen with internal candidates. Julio Borbon has been trying to crack the starting lineup permanently and may come through in 2011. Texas also has rising prospect Engel Beltre, acquired from Boston in the Eric Gagne trade.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:09 am

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

I noticed your website on blogsearch motor, you're a good bloger!

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2011 12:33 am

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

Rangers will be fine without Lee or Vlad. We were in first before Lee. Cliff came to texas with a 8-3 record and a 2.34 era in july. by the end of august he was 10-8 with a 3.37 era. he went 2-5 during that period for the rangers and i believe his era was over 5.00. If i am not mistaken, he also lost 2 games in the world series.

Don't get me wrong he is a heck of a player. But he is not the reason we were in the playoffs. in fact, you can argue that the rangers played worse with Lee.

Feliz and Elvis are 2 of the best  youngsters in the game. Cruz and Hamilton are legit MVP candidates. Beltran will put up huge numbers in Arlington. The pen was one of the best in mlb and got better. Colby and Wilson are solid. Hunter and holland will get better. We still have one of the best, if not the best, farm systems.

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2010 11:46 am

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

You have to take your hat off to Nolan Ryan...the Rangers have become a much more competitive team and have developed their young talent quite well. Getting rid of Justin Smoak to the Mariners to Cliff Lee was a great deal. I know the Rangers didn't get to keep Lee, but they found out Mitch Moreland was a pretty good player, and the rest of the team certainly stepped up. They have a good young pitching staff, a nice mix of veteran and young players, and of course they have Josh Hamilton, and what more can you say about him. The Rangers used to be a joke, but now they are a good team, and may be ready to knock on the door again next year. I'm hoping Brandon Webb can return to his all star form, and with the players they have, and the great fans, it should be another exciting year. Is Ryan a great exec??? I don't know, but I think he's done a heck of a job so far.

Since: Aug 29, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:31 am

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

Bronx... Alot depends on the Fan support too, didnt seem to jumping in Arlington until Sept, team was winning all year yet the Fans didnt show until Sept... Hopefully in 2011, they come all season... Afterall the Cowgirls wont be doing piroetts until August, twirling away to Jerry Jones commands.. Now there is a guy who needs another Hobby, he and Dan Sneider she leave Football to the ones who know the game, not to the guys who had their undies pulled over their heads like Jerry and Danny boy, whoknows if they try it they may actually become successful,because their way obviously has not worked.....

Since: Aug 29, 2010
Posted on: December 30, 2010 7:25 am

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

Definately agree Nolan Ryan was a winner as a Player, however lets not elect him into the HOF as a Baseball Exec  just yet,let the Rangers win a few Div titles in a row, make the post season back to back at least before we annoint Ryan the next Gillick...

Micheal Jordan may have been the best Baketball player ever, and possibly one of the best athletes too, he won what ? 5 NBA Titles, scoring titles, MVP's you name it, weall know who Jordon is and what he did on the Court, that said, he is less then a stellar GM w the Bobcats, his draft picks are questionable as well as his trades and other moves... Just because you can play doesnt mean you have what is needed to put the pieces in place to win consistantly, but we shall see, only time will tell..

As a Phillies fan i do know that every year you must tweak your team and improve, so far the Rangers have lot key pieces and havent even came cloe to replacing them yet .. ( Lee and give Vlad a bone, he was as good as any DH in the league in 2010, leading the Rangers to several lopsided wins vs the Angels ( imho still are the Class of the AL West and the Div titles have shown to go thru LA) yet Vlad is left w out a contract ?? Guy stepped up when the AL MVP was out, and has shown he loves to WHACK the ball in Arlington.. For the Rangers to state they are spending $$,I say show us Nolan, so far, your offseason splash has been nothing but a trickle.. Other AL Teams are improving, inho, the Rangers got decidely worse ( more to the loss of Vlad but Lee as well, without General Cliff Lee, the Rangers lose to the Rays in 4 games...

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2010 10:54 pm

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

Texas also has rising prospect , acquired from Boston in the Eric Gagne trade.

Aquired my a$$, Texas stole Beltre on their way home after pushing Gagne out of a speeding car at 4 Yawkey Way. The way Gagne pitched for the Sox, I'm sure he was injured when he tumbled head over heels into Fenway from the shove.

Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:02 pm

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

People who feel the need to criticize the grammar of others should at least attempt to convey their messages somewhat coherently. 

Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:02 pm

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

you mean an era over 4. Nolan Ryan is one of the best pitchers ever, my only objection was with the statement that he is a "winner" and as long as he runs the Rangers they will be winners. Not a bright thing to write. But this is CBS Sportsline. Most people spell a lot as one word and recently saw someone write "good riddens" instead of "good riddance."

And i'm done on the Nolan Ryan front.

I'm saying he's a 9.5 out 10 you guys are saying he's a 10 out of 10. Not worth our time anymore.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2010 1:08 am

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

, this is a website with Nolan Ryan's stats. He had an ERA over 3 one time in his career and that was in 93. The last season he played. A careee 3.19 ERA. That tells me no run support. I would definately consider him a winner on or off the field.

Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: December 29, 2010 12:54 am

Ryan speaks on Texas' offseason moves

Let him lead the Rangers to a WS title, then by all means proclaim him a winner, for now, let's just stick with HOFer, no hit artist, strike out king...

I'm not sure what your issue is with Ryan, but one thing I can assure you of is that your issue with The Ryan Express is sorely misplaced.  Ryan is not only, as you casually mentioned, a HoFer, a no-hit artist, and a strike out king ... his is a first ballot HoF'er with a better than 98% of the vote (just 6 votes short of a unanimous vote), he amassed a record 7 no-hitters, almost double the amount of any other pitcher in baseball history, and the all-time strike-out leader with 5,714 K's, almost 1,000 more K's than any other pitcher in baseball history.

However, although overwhelming in and of itself, the most important fact supporting my claim with Ryan as a winner is a fact that has already been proved a winner with the Rangers by leading the Rangers to the World Series in just two short years as president of the Rangers.  Something the Ranger franchise had never accomplished in their entire existence in MLB.   

On top of the above, he happened to also have amassed 324 wins during an illustrious career, pitching for nothing but mediocre teams.

If the above to you is not descriptive of a winner, you my friend, are incapable of identifying a winner when you see one.  

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