Rangers Magazine: Thad Levine talks acquisitions
|Rangers assistant general manger Thad Levine discusses the impact of Greg Maddux and Tony Fernandez. |
Levine said Maddux usually arrives at the complex in Surprise, Ariz., around 6 or 6:30 a.m. He’s worked with pitchers in every way possible, including their fielding, and shared information on keeping a chart and what to look for when looking at video. Maddux has 355 career wins, is a four-time National League Cy Young Award winner, an 18-time Gold Glove pitcher, and he won a World Series with Atlanta in 1995.
Neftali Feliz talked with Pedro Martinez in the offseason, but the future member of the Rangers starting rotation has also received an interesting opinion from Maddux.
“[Maddux] will talk to you about every single one of our pitchers, how excited he is about them, how he’s had a chance to sit down with them, tell Neftali Feliz how he sees a lot of John Smoltz in him,” Levine said.
Fernandez came to the Rangers to work with the infielder prospects in the Rangers' minor league system, but he has also lent his expertise to the major league infielders.
“We thought it would be good to have him come in, offer some mentorship, but what we weren’t necessarily expecting his impact he’s had on the big league side, which has been terrific," Levine said of Fernandez, who was a four-time Gold Glove shortstop, five-time All-Star and a World Series winner with Toronto in 1993. "I think we are now trying to figure out a way to have him around the club more and more.”
Levine also discussed why he visits with scouts who sit behind home plate at Cactus League games, left-handed relief -- including the story of Neil Cotts -- the debate of whether Josh Hamilton should be the everyday center fielder, contract negotiations with current players, free agent signings pre-World Series run compared to now and more. Listen to the podcast.
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