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May 22, 1:00 PM ET
Chat with Jean-Jacques Taylor

JJT
  (1:06 PM)

chatting from the ballpark today as the Rangers try to avoid getting swept for the first time this season and having their lead cut to 4.5 in the AL West

John T. Gold (Salt Lake City )

Hey JJT- I have been reading that Jerry is planning to lock up Lee. Is there a reason he can't let the season play out to see if Lee can ever stay healthy?

JJT
  (1:08 PM)

The price never ever goes down. He can wait, but it might also be easier on the cap if he gets it done during the season

Karl (SD)

Am I going to have to avoid all sports shows and media outlets in order to avoid hearing about Tony Romo's back and how Jerry Jones should not have forked over 108 million to him? Kill me now, JJT.

JJT
  (1:09 PM)

the cyst itself is not that big a deal. Missing OTAs is a big deal, especially in an off-season where players have less work together than ever before. It's not the end of the world, but it's important that he's going to miss valuable work

Keanu (Honolulu)

Hello JJT, do you think Holland's last 2 starts are just a blip in the road or is he reverting back to his inconsistent ways?

JJT
  (1:13 PM)

were his first two starts a sign of maturity or just a blip on the road? baseball is not a sport for instant analysis. If I told u before the season that after nine starts, Holland would have a 3.30 ERA, allowed 56 hits in 60 IP with 54K and 14 and only 4 HRs allowed. U wouldn't care about his record.

Candy (Slippery Rock)

JJT, what do you think the Rangers biggest concern is now: bullpen, starting pitchers going down?

JJT
  (1:14 PM)

Their offense remains suspect. It's way too much hit and miss. They must do a better job of manufacturing runs on the base paths

Dave (Novato)

Hi JJT, is Mitch Moreland breaking out or is he just in the midst of a hot streak?

JJT
  (1:15 PM)

I slave over a computer for hours on end to provide provocative and informative columns. The least u can do is read them...lo http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/9284634/texas-rangers-first-baseman-mitch-moreland-healthy-playing-outstanding-plate-field

Derrick (Garden City)

What do you think of Martin's defense in CF so far? Looks like he can hit but is a little raw in the outfield.

JJT
  (1:16 PM)

He takes some interesting routes to balls, but he has easily the best arm in the outfield. It is a cannon

Mike Ho (Hong Kong)

Hello Jean-Jacques, any chance the Rangers try and move Kinsler to another position to make room for Profar or is this something more to consider in the offseason?

JJT
  (1:17 PM)

Kinsler, a 3X all-star, has been a top 3 leadoff hitter and 2nd baseman this season and Profar has 22 CAREER at bats in big leagues. Would u move him right now?

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What Texas Rangers Players are Out for the Season in 2013?

JJT
  (1:18 PM)

none that I know of

jose (dc) [via mobile]

What kind of impact will hargrove have ?

JJT
  (1:18 PM)

if he makes the team he'll be a decent rotation player.

Tron (Beverly MA)

Did the cowboys know about Romos back before the contract? Its lookin like giving a 6 year deal to a 33 year old who still hasnt proven anything yet might have been a bad decision

JJT
  (1:20 PM)

it's a cyst on his back. It's not a big deal unless they're lying about the severity of it, which is always possible. But if it's a normal cyst then it's no big deal. You have a thorough physical before u sign a $108 million contract. If it were major, it would've popped up

eddie (texas)

Did you give timmy mac a hug after Vinny Del N. got fired i know how bad he wanted CP3 here now that over..and dont he owe you money for the bet

JJT
  (1:20 PM)

Until I get my steak dinner form Timmy MacCheap, I'm not hugging him. Even then I probably wouldn't

steve (texas)

in your honest opinon do you think tony romo the guy for the cowboys to win football games and advance to playoffs

JJT
  (1:21 PM)

if he doesn't play well ALL SEASON they won't make the playoffs

Brian White (Laredo, texas)

You should spend less time posing for those stupid pictures of yourself, spend that exta time writing better articles. Not a question. Hope you read it.

JJT
  (1:22 PM)

You wouldn't know I needed to write better articles unless you read them. You wouldn't know what I tweet unless you follow

Dan (Iowa)

Your a hater plain and simple. You talk about all of the negatives with the Boys but when you interview one of them your completely different explain that.........................

JJT
  (1:23 PM)

are you in the locker room. I've been covering the Cowboys as a beat writer and columnist since 1995. You can't do that unless you keep it real. I asked Romo yesterday if it was true that he demanded more authority with the game plan yesterday. And I asked it just like that.

JJT
  (1:24 PM)

You can't hate on a team with ONE playoff win in 17 seasons. You can't hate on a team that has missed the playoffs 3 of 4 seasons. And you can't hate on a team that has not posted consecutive 10-win seasons since 95 and 96.

jfb (dfw)

JJT, instead of the Mavs shopping the 13th pick for cap space, why not just give it to OKC since they are owed one from the Mavs or since it is top 20 protected through 2017 they cannot just give it up unless they finish with one of the 10 best records, is that how it works???

JJT
  (1:24 PM)

interesting. I'd have to check with MacMahon on that.

JJT
  (1:25 PM)

he's czar of the NBA CBA. Archer is boss of the NFL CBA, though he gets mad when u say that

jfb (dfw)

JJT, when the Mavs dismantled their championship team everyone around here was saying it was for the opportunity to sign D-Will, Howard, or Paul. If I remember correctly at the time, most in the media even said it would be for 2 out of the 3 so why is it that now the time is upon us, we are only looking at one? Can't they basically have Marion opt out, trade Carter, then they are left w/ Dirk plus 3 rookies from last year making no more than a million each? Do you think anyone in the Mavs front office believes they can get both guys to come here for less? There were reports in Nov. that both wanted to play in Dallas together before being traded to their respective teams and now you have Cuban/Dirk/CP3 together in Vegas. Am I just drinking the kool-aid here?

JJT
  (1:26 PM)

yep. I NEVER believed they were getting any of those guys. I certainly don't believe they're getting D12 or CP3. And I won't believe it until the news conference. Then i'll be happy to bow down and offer praise to Cuban

jfb (dfw)

JJT, sells pitch to Paul/Howard: Winning tradition, head coach, owner, Dirk, no state income tax-10 mill. in savings, Dirk taking less money w/ his contract being up next year, have Marion opt out, trade Carter, you sign Paul and Howard, you are over the cap, but can re-sign your own guys when your over the cap i.e. we sign back Marion, Wright, M. James, and Mayo, thus you have Paul, Mayo, Marion, Dirk, and Howard, w/ Crowder, Wright, M. James, vet. min. shooter guy coming off the bench. Thoughts? Life long Mavs fan drinking the kool-aid, sorry.

JJT
  (1:27 PM)

don't drink and drive

chris (MA)

hey JJT, why don't you write an article that someone wants to read please?

JJT
  (1:27 PM)

I write 3X a week. The choice is yours.

jfb (dfw)

JJT, can Memphis get back in this series or is it church? Seems like Memphis is missing Gay and Mayo b/c they cannot generate enough offense and SA is collapsing in on the bigs daring Memphis to make an outside shot.

JJT
  (1:27 PM)

the comeback last night should give them a lot more confidence. Spurs playing great and I really want to see Spurs v. Heat because that would be great series

jfb (dfw)

Please tell me as a lifelong Mavs fan I won't have to worry about SA hosting the trophy at the end of the year. Barring injuries, MIA will take them out, right?

JJT
  (1:28 PM)

Can't say that. Spurs have no fear and pop is better coach than Spoelstra. If Wade knee flares up Spurs can win

Jimmy (NC)

Do the Mavs have a legit shot in landing Howard?

JJT
  (1:28 PM)

not to me

Norman (NY)

I'm a little upset that JJ did nothing to improve DT and depth at DE but with Rod Marinelli's proven track record should I be optimistic that the d-line will play well this year?

JJT
  (1:29 PM)

you can't fix everything in one year. They like a Front of hatcher, ratliff, spencer and ware. Me too. The question is whether they can stay healthy

Dwight (Cleveland)

Over/Under on the Cowboys winning 8.5 games ?

JJT
  (1:30 PM)

I'd say over as of today

Ben (ATL)

This is getting kind of ridiculous. Jerry Jones made his remarks about Tony Romo being more involved in game planning to help justify the contract. Jason Garrett doesn't like playing the media game because it can potentially cause more harm than good. Romo took the wise role of a LEADER and did not let the story get spun more out of control by not denying what Jerry Jones said and not overshooting the head coach with how operations are handled at Valley Ranch.

JJT
  (1:31 PM)

if that's your opinion, then good for you. Mine is different

Jack (NC)

Wtf.. your articles suck

Jack (NC)

Did the cowboys know about Romos back before the contract? Its lookin like giving a 6 year deal to a 33 year old who still hasnt proven anything yet might have been a bad decision

JJT
  (1:32 PM)

your questions suck. Now, does that make you feel good? See why being rude is unnecessary.

BIG DAVID (Lockhart)

Do you think the Cowboys sign Winston or happy with Free?

JJT
  (1:32 PM)

why would they do that?

bf (midwest)

Does demarco murray have shot at being a household name running back in say 2 years

JJT
  (1:33 PM)

if he stays healthy

Frank (Laredo)

Have you heard any reports how Dwayne Harris has progressed in the offseason? Also I told you about Jerrod Johnson he is now the favorite to be Russell Wilson's backup.

JJT
  (1:36 PM)

he was terrific at the end of the season. So he'll go into training camp competing for a large role in offense.

Ed (Queens Village)

More likely you can do a 1 on 1 interview with Jerry Jones or Mark Cuban?

JJT
  (1:42 PM)

Both. They call if they're mad. I'm not hard to find. I'm easy. JD texts if he's mad. Here's the deal: If u let you friends, parents, spouse, boss, athletes, front office folks, pastor or anyone else affect what you write, then you should quit. Once that happens, you're no longer authentic. You're just writing what folks want to hear.

David (Austin)

Whats your record for the cowboys this year?

JJT
  (1:42 PM)

too early. We don't even know who's on the team

Bryan (Springdale, AR)

Even if the Mavs don't land Howard or CP3, bringing back Chandler, Terry, and Barea would only have guaranteed a shot at the Western Conference Finals. That team, which I loved, struck at the right time, because that team would not beat the Lebron of 2012 or 2013...agreed?

JJT
  (1:43 PM)

i wouldn't think so, but I didn't think they'd beat them the first time. That's why you play the game

John (Texas)

Do you think Ronald Leary has a chance to start this year?

JJT
  (1:43 PM)

absolutely #JasonGarrettVoice

Reggie Smith (Washington DC)

Everything I read says Profar is ready for the majors. Why hasn't Wash and/or Daniels brought him up to stay?

JJT
  (1:44 PM)

where is he going to play? Kinsler is having all0-star year at 2B and Moreland is having all-star year at 1B

Beevomav (Dallas)

Are you ready to apologise for remarks critical of the greatest QB in Dallas?

JJT
  (1:44 PM)

first u harass me me on my Twitter time line. Now, on the chat. You don't intimidate me.

J'von (Charleston)

Your in the locker room. What's your view on how the player's see Romo as a leader?

JJT
  (1:45 PM)

The players I've spoken to see him as a really good quarterback who makes too many bad decisions at inopportune times for a player of his caliber. If he would reduce them, they could compete with best teams in the league.

JJT
  (1:47 PM)

Thanks for a great chat today. we'll roll next Wednesday too because of the Cowboys' minicamp. See u then!!