Rangers players excited about additions
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers pulled off two deals with the Chicago Cubs before the trade deadline to acquire catcher Geovany Soto and starting pitcher Ryan Dempster. Soto will take Yorvit Torrealba's place as the second catcher behind Mike Napoli and Dempster will be used to bolster a starting rotation that has struggled with injuries all season.
Here's what some of the Rangers players thought about their new teammates:
Michael Young --
“I don’t think I’ve ever faced him. I know he’s having a great year. One of my best friends in the game is Mark DeRosa and he says nothing but good things about him as a teammate. We’re excited to have him. To add a guy who’s a veteran, who’s been through big games before and who’s having a great year right now is definitely a plus for us. Now it’s just a matter of keeping our team healthy the rest of the way.”
"Our catching situation is in good hands. We wish Torre well; he was a great teammate. We’re going to miss him. But Soto’s done really well for the Cubs in the past, so we feel like our catching is in good shape. We feel like Nap is one of the best in the game and to add Soto out there to fortify the pitching is good.”
Josh Hamilton --
“It’s good, man. We needed another piece at pitcher and we went out and got it. I’ve faced him a few times, but like I remember. I can’t even remember who we faced yesterday. Like I said, I just show up and play. If he’s doing well, that’s good. We’ll just continue on winning.”
“You hate to see Yorvit go, but Soto’s a great player and he definitely can help us. I never played much against him, but I’ve heard a lot of good things about him.”
Mike Napoli --
“Great arm. He’s having a good year this year and we’re excited to have him. I’ve heard he’s a good teammate, great guy. So we’re excited about that and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
“Torre’s been a great teammate here and a big part of our team. It’s kind of tough to lose him. But that’s what the front office did. We’ll welcome Soto here with open arms and treat him just like anyone else in this clubhouse.”
Ian Kinsler --
“To get a guy of Dempster’s caliber and the type of year he’s had, it’s definitely good for the team. Any time you can acquire a player that can help the team, it’s a boost. Regardless of how good you are, how talented your team is, how well you’re playing or how bad you’re playing, if you can acquire a good player it’s a boost inside the clubhouse.”
"It’s always hard to lose someone that’s been in your clubhouse a couple years. Our clubhouse is a great clubhouse and it’s always tough to lose a guy that’s been a part of it. (Torrealba) is a guy that was a veteran leader and it’s tough to lose a guy like that. But Soto's a very good player. He’s proven at the big league level. He has a reputation of being a very good defensive catcher. Offensively, he’s done it before. It’s just a matter of him getting back to that. It’s good to have a young guy back there that can move around and do the things that he does.”
Nelson Cruz --
“It’s really exciting. That type of pitcher, he works fast. Hopefully he comes through when we need him.”
Scott Feldman --
“He’s pretty darn good, so it’s probably a good acquisition. It’s always a good thing when you can get as many good players in the locker room as possible. We’ve been fortunate enough to be in a position to do that the last couple of years. Seems like we’ve done it again this year with the guys we’ve been able to add.”
“Sad to see Torre go, but hopefully he can catch on with a contending team and finish the season well. He was a pleasure to play with, for sure.”
Roy Oswalt --
“Good add. Good guy, good clubhouse guy. I’ve known Dempster since he pitched for the Marlins back in 2000. Good entertainment in the clubhouse. You’ll see when he gets here.”
David Murphy --
“All I really know about him is what he’s done this year. He’s been in the league a long time, he’s had a lot of success. I mean, obviously he’s had a great year this year and if we go out and get a guy like that, it’s a great move. He’s been a horse for their staff this year, so hopefully he can come over here and do the same.”
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