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Can Dave Magadan Wake up the Texas Attack?

November 19, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Dave Magadan is the new hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.
Dave Magadan (centre) needs to help Texas avoid a late-season hitting slump like what happened this year.

Dave Magadan, the new hitting coach charged with waking up a Texas Ranger offense that inexplicably faded down the stretch and didn’t show up for the Wild Card game, was the last batter ever faced by Ranger president Nolan Ryan during his 27-year Hall of Fame career. It’s true… look it up.

Now the question is whether Texas can bounce back and restore its AL supremacy. Reigning AL champion Detroit has already improved itself with the addition of Torii Hunter and Toronto has to move up a few rungs with the infusion of talent it landed in Miami’s most recent fire sale.

With Texas trying to figure out how to get both Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar into the lineup, the idea of shifting Ian Kinsler to the outfield has been raised. That would really limit his Fantasy value, so keeper league owners better monitor this situation very closely.

Of course, soon Texas will not only have the Angels and suddenly powerful A’s to deal with, but it will have to look over its shoulder at Seattle, too. Let’s face it, the Mariners have the makings of an incredibly rotation in about a year or two – especially if they opt to hang on to their 26-year-old Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez. Now, if Seattle can only find a middling offense.

Quick Hits

  • Vladimir Guerrero, 37, will not pack it in — yet. He’s down in the Dominican now, playing winter ball and ostensibly seeking MLB employment opportunities.
  • We recommended Xavier Nady, the former Salinas High School star, as a waiver wire pickup in early September. Good call. Nady hit over .290 with an OPS of 871, albeit in just 41 at-bats. He disappeared in October (0-for-9), but was definitely a useful spare part in September. Nady is a free agent this winter, and it will be interesting to see if San Francisco moves to bring him back or if he’ll be forced to change unis once again.

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Ryan Braun: 2012 in Review

November 18, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
Prior to the season, he got caught doing PEDs and faced a 50-game suspension that was going to really punch a hole in is Fantasy value.
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Ian Desmond: 2012 in Review

November 15, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (0)
So what happens? Desmond experiences a major breakthrough and winds up as the only regular shortstop in the majors to slug at least .500. He still can’t draw a walk, but that didn’t stop him from finally hitting for average (over .290). Oh, and as expected, Desmond topped 20 steals.
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The Halos Must Buy Out Vernon Wells

November 14, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The problem is Wells is still owed $21 million for each of the next two seasons, which is going to make it hard for the Halos to rid themselves of that deal. But make no mistake, they need to try to do so for payroll flexibility purposes. In two seasons in Anaheim, Wells has compiled 36 homers, 95 RBI and a .221 BA.
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Joe Mauer’s Comeback Effort

November 8, 2012 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
We love the fact that he stayed healthy enough to set a new career high in at-bats, reached double digits in homers for the third time, enjoyed another big RBI season and rode his best walk rate ever to the highest OBP in the majors this year (.416).
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