I’ll miss Hank; so will the team. But despite a good start from Tejeda and an offensive surge tonight in Houston, this season is over (barring a miraculous 10+ game winning streak rolling forth from tonight on).
So now, Hank can heal. He can get back in time for the end of the season and be ready for a better run next year. There couldn’t be a better time for him or anyone else to get hurt. Let the veterans have a slow year, and bring up all the yourh in the system for development. For starters: I like the idea from a commenter over on Elysian Fields to move Teixiera over to third and call-up Botts to play at 1B.
While Hanks’s out, look for Sammy to be traded ASAP after he hits his 600th home run. His stock is higher than anyone expected as he’s been taking care of business. And while I really like Sammy, he is not part of the Rangers’ long-term future, so the smart move is to trade him ASAP and get a couple younger guys in here in return (preferably including a pitcher with 4-5 years in the majors who might be on a team looking to contend now but could use Sammy’s bat and wants to clear some salary from the pitcher who could take the 3 slot and a young outfield bat that could blossom under Rudy).
Time for Little Jon DanielsHart to show if he can be a better seller than he’s been a buyer. The problem is, what does he have to sell? More thoughts on that ahead…