Friday, July 1, 2011

Texas j2 step

Here is Ben Badler's take (sub.) on which j2 kids that Texas might be in on. Based on his previous writeups, I don't see any Sanchez, Sano, Mateo type talents, which is a bit disappointing, given that Texas has the cash to go 3m on that type of guy if there was one. Nor does it seem like there are a lot of high-ceiling Cuban guys in the wings waiting for visas (or disguises). I'm sure they will drop some coin, but for whom and how they choose to do so is the question, especially given their weird draft strategy. If there is no one that has a higher likely ceiling than Leonys Martin, maybe they won't sign a 3 million dollar man, and instead pursue the three million dollar men strategy from 2009 (including Alfaro with that class).

"Texas Rangers: Though they dealt with an ownership situation in flux for most of 2010, the Rangers remained active internationally. Colombian catcher Jorge Alfaro, a January 2010 signing, is already in the short-season Northwest League, as is Venezuelan shortstop Rougned Odor (technically a January 2011 sign). The Rangers didn't have a first-round pick this year, though they got a first-round talent in Cuban center fielder Leonys Martin already. On the July 2 market, their priority appears to be Dominican outfielder Ronald Guzman, who should command one of the top bonuses in Latin America. Several international sources also expect Venezuelan lefthander Yohander Mendez to sign with the Rangers. Beyond those two, the Rangers could also be involved with Dominican outfielder Franmil Reyes, Colombian shortstop Gustavo Perinan and Venezuelan outfielder Eduar Pinto, among a host of other players they'll likely add for low six-figure amounts."

Note: sub. link added...


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