Texas Rangers: Ben & Skin
|A glorious DFW sports two-piece for your ears. ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins joins Ben & Skin to talk about the Rob Ryan firing and Jon Daniels jumps on to talk about the Rangers' offseason.
"The knee will require some maintenance on his part and the part of our medical staff," Daniels said. "He’s going to need days off here and there. We think we can manage it. We think we can keep him in the lineup. I would think he probably won't play the field a lot, especially early, but is capable of playing some first base. We’ll try to keep him out of the outfield. Our goal is to keep him in the lineup. If he’s in the lineup he’s going to produce for you. How many games is that? As many as the knee allows."
"We believe Jurickson can play in the big leagues, whether that’s Opening Day, whether that's mid-year, whether that's late-year or next year, this guy is going to have a long, successful career in the big leagues," Daniels said. "We don’t view him as a prospect, necessarily, we think he’s a player."
|Lance Berkman joins Ben & Skin to talk about winning over Rangers fans, his current physical condition and what he expects from the team this season.
"When we originally approached him (Kinsler), it surprised me at first how open he was to it," Daniels said. "He came out and said his preference is not to move, but I want to do what’s best of the team. He’s had some time to think about it and we’ve had some time to think about it.
"We’re not saying it’s definitely not happening, but it’s not something we’re going to lock in stone and say for sure it’s going to happen Opening Day. Odds are it probably won’t. We’ve got a really good situation here. We’ve got too many good players for those spots. At some point, we’ve got a decision that we’re going to be faced with. I just don’t think we want to force ourselves to make that decision before we have to."
"He’s capable of being a Gold Glove defender, but he didn’t have that kind of year last year," Daniels said. "I think you’re going to see most of the time he'll be at second (in spring)."
"We really like our club," Daniels said. "We’ve got some work to do and address some needs. You could move some of your core players or change the look of your team, but the more we looked at it the more it didn’t make sense for what we were doing. Our commitment to our fans, our ownership and our players is to be in this every year.
"I can’t tell you what year we’re going to make it to the World Series or win it, but our goal is to have a chance every year. We don't want to make moves that would cut our legs out from under us and close that window. We really thought there were a lot of good players on the market. Let’s pick up the right veteran guys that fill our needs at certain spots; we feel we’ve done that."
So the boys are on location here in the Tampa area to talk Rangers and watch the games. Be sure and join them from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (bonus hour!!!) on ESPN 103.3 FM as they get you prepared for Game 2 (and you may even here my voice from time to time giving updates).
There are tickets in other sections as well for the discounted price. And if you're not in section 47, you can still meet us before the game for a Q&A with assistant GM Thad Levine. I'll be wandering through the sections to say hello and chat about the Rangers during the game.
You can still call 972-RANGERS and give them the BENSKIN coupon code to buy tickets in whatever sections are left. Or you can buy them online. Click here and put in the coupon code BENSKIN and the $15 tickets will pop up.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Thanks again and I hope to see as many of you as can come at the Aug. 29 game.
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.