Thursday, April 1, 2010
Claiming Garko makes sense
By Richard Durrett
The Rangers needed some corner infield help and Ryan Garko was the best player available on the market.
Matt Brown and Max Ramirez may yet grow into one of those jobs, but Garko has more experience and gives the club a right-handed hitting first baseman who has played the position for a few years. Garko his a .279 career hitter and has some postseason experience, playing in the AL Division and Championship Series in 2007 and hit .314 (11-for-35) that year.
Maybe the most important stat: He can hit left-handed pitchers. Garko has a .311 batting average (119-for-383) against lefties the last three seasons and an .882 OPS. That gives the Rangers a viable option at first base if they want to sit Chris Davis against certain lefties.
Garko also doesn't cost much -- $550,000. Brown was a non-roster invitee and Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
I think this was the best move the Rangers could have made in terms of that roster spot. What do you think?