The Rangers continue to become a powerhouse when it comes to scouting and signing Latin American talent, but even powerhouses hit stumbling blocks. The Rangers' current stumbling block? They are without a home for their young Latin American talent.
The team confirmed Friday that it has ended its association with former major league reliever Salomon Torres, the owner of the property on which the team's academy in the Dominican Republic sits. The Rangers and Torres had operated the facility for the last five years. Milwaukee will move into the complex near San Pedro de Macoris this May. The Brewers have signed a six-year deal.
Assistant general manager Thad Levine, who is traveling with the Rangers, said the club's immediate goal is to find a spot to house its young Latin American talent for the Dominican Summer League, which begins in June. Levine said it is possible the Rangers could move the DSL team to Arizona this summer and field a second team in the Arizona Rookie League.
The Rangers moved into the then-brand-new facility in 2006, putting a significant amount of their own money into the building and into upgrades. It was then considered a state-of-the-art complex, but has aged quickly. The team is "weighing all its options" for a location in the Dominican, but Levine said the breakup did not blindside the club. It also won't impact the Rangers' Dominican operations, he said.
"There will be no impact at all," said Levine. "We feel like our Latin American and international scouting efforts are one of the strengths of the organization. We have every intention of keeping it as a permanent asset. We'll do everything we can to make sure we don't take a step backwards."
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