Tim Kurkjian's question for the Rangers
Did they mess too much with a pennant-winner?
Adrian Beltre had a terrific 2010, and is way better than Michael Young defensively at third base, but now Young wants to be traded rather than be the Rangers' DH.
"Why would they do that to such a pro?" one GM asked. "Wouldn't they be better moving Young to second and making [Ian] Kinsler the DH, [for] just chemistry's sake?" Maybe they could do that, but Kinsler is a better defensive player than Young is. The Rangers are also considering moving closer Neftali Feliz, the 2010 rookie of the year, to the rotation. He might be better off there in the long run, but in the short term, will that have a negative effect on the bullpen?
Again, check out our spring preview. We'll have updates from Surprise all spring long starting this week, so check back often here on the blog for the latest.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.