I’m not a fan of this one. If it were Jason Bourne from the Bourne movies and books, you bet. But while Michael Bourn seems to be loaded with speed and potential, he doesn’t seem to be breaking out – it looks more like he’s flaming out.
For as long as – well, forever – the Rangers have needed two things. The first most people know about: STARTING PITCHING. That’s always stunk here. The other, especially since the opening of The Ballpark, has been a great defensive center fielder who could preferably also hit leadoff and steal some bags. The Rangers have had one or two such guys pass through or show brief flashes, but outside of pitching, this should have been a focus long ago (which is why I would have traded for the young Carlos Beltran when he was in KC (perhaps during that brief period when he lost his job to Johnny Damon) – and that’s not just hindsight being 20/20 as I said so at the time).
Anyway, the Rangers could and should do better for the return on talent and impact they get if they move Otsuka.