Really, I think this post could end right there.

In fact, I think it does.






Okay, FINE. I couldn’t do that. I’m sorry.

But the Texas Rangers really do need some freakin’ pitching already. I mean, they were basically first in all the offensive categories, and basically last in all the pitching categories. It doesn’t get much more clear than that.

But fortunately, the Rangers actually have a farm system loaded with pitching, some of which could be ready as early as 2009. I’ll quote Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus here so you’ll believe me:

…the Rangers have one of the deepest and most talented systems in the minors, especially when it comes to pitching. Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland are both high-ceiling power arms who could be ready as early as mid-to-late 2009. The 2007 draft netted top-level high-school pitchers Michael Main, Blake Beavan, and Neil Ramirez, while a recent focus on international talent produced a stunning rotation at short-season Spokane that included Ramirez and lefty Martin Perez. Their 2008 first-round selection, Justin Smoak, fell into their lap and was far better than the 11th overall pick that they acquired him with.

Yes, even this kind of pitching.

Yes, even this kind of pitching.

To acquire perhaps even more pitching (or maybe a corner outfielder), the Rangers also have an excess of something that a bunch of other teams need very badly, something that is all too rare: catching. Legitimate, not-old catching. With upside. Aside from Gerald Laird, who’s the old man of the bunch at 29, they’ve got three kids: Jarrod Saltalamacchia (the youngest), and Taylor Teagarden (the eldest), and Max Ramirez (the well-adjusted middle child). Ker-ching, ker-ching!

One other thought: since they have a ton of pitching prospects in the pipeline, it might be a good idea to find a veteran innings-eater while the young guns are developing. Paul Byrd? Jon Garland, who is expected to decline arbitration? Carl Pavano is looking for a place to prove himself — weeks ago, it was rumored that he and Florida had mutual interest, and recently, the Mets were mentioned, but I think Texas might be a better fit than New York. The Rangers are rumored to be among six teams wooing Randy Johnson — he isn’t my definition of an “innings eater” anymore, but the 45 year old would at least put some butts in the seats and give the kids a mentor. (He seemed to relish the role in Arizona.)

Anyway, yeah: pitching. Young pitching, old pitching, fat pitching, thin pitching, one pitching, two pitching, red pitching, blue pitching. That’s what Texas needs.

-What They Need Index-

4 Responses to “What They Need: Texas Rangers – Pitching… pitchingpitchingpitching…. PIIIITCHIIIIINGGGGGAHHH!”

  1. Everybody needs pitching. The problem is that Texas is a terrible place for young pitching to develop and veterans wisely don’t want to sign somewhere that’s going to be a career killer (remember Chan Ho Park?). Arlington isn’t quite Coors, but the Rangers are left with the same challenge the Rox always have been…trying to win while working against an unorthodox home environment.

  2. Sarah Green says:

    Mike, the Rangers had THE worst pitching this year coupled with THE best offense in the AL — both home AND away. Remarkably consistent of them, eh?

  3. Plus, I think we all knew that Chan Ho Park was not worth that investment at all. He had one very good season, followed it up with a good one, then was signed to a five-year deal that paid him like an ace when he was never considered among the best pitchers in baseball. And not only was he never good enough to warrant the contract, he was hurt. A lot.

    No one can deny that Arlington is a tough place to pitch. But it also doesn’t help when you trade away guys like Chris Young, Edinson Volquez and John Danks. And if we can’t think of a better Rangers pitcher over the last few years than Kenny Rogers, there’s a problem.

  4. Sarah Green says:

    Judging by the level of pitching talent they’ve got in their system, though, I am not sure I would argue against the Volquez trade. I think that’s a case where both sides got what they needed. Even though they’ve traded away some good young pitchers, the Rangers have hardly depleted their system.

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