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January 16, 2009

Davis at first....for now

Now that the third base situation is finally in hand, maybe Chris Davis can now relax and settle in at first base, right?

Not so fast. It would behoove Davis not to sign a long-term lease at first. Justin Smoak is coming and coming fast, from all reports. Most speculation has him arriving by 2010 and with his reputation as a smooth glove man, as well as a terrific hitter, Davis will likely be on the move again very soon.

Where will he land? Not sure what the Rangers' plans are there, or even if they're thinking along those lines yet (the way this organization plans ahead, though, my guess is they have something in mind).

One thing for sure, I doubt there will be all this hub-bub when Davis is asked to move.

   -- JIM REEVES

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I think most of us see the positives on the horizon. Having the best farm system in baseball is a really big thing.

But, by the same token, hopefully Daniels and the Rangers don't fall in love with the system. At some point, especially in the case of catcher and DH, a few of these kids are going to have to be dealt to bring in an experienced player or two to the big league club. That is one of the adavantages of having a strong system, obviously.

We all know that Hank Blalock is probably not in the long term plans at DH. Smoak could come up next year, and Davis could slide over there. But what if Davis looks really good at first, or even, God forbid (kidding), wins a Gold Glove? What if Max Ramirez takes over at DH at some point this year and knocks the cover off the ball? Smoak could be one of the guys to go. Davis, Smoak and Hamilton could also end up being a nice 1-2-3 punch for a long time. Who knows. Should be fun to watch, though.

"Owner Tom Hicks, Ryan and Daniels are united as the Rangers peer toward a bright tomorrow. I know this because I ASKED ALL THREE OF THEM."

touche

I'm starting to think maybe someone needs to get Nolan in to mediate the two of you. It seems the head honcho in charge of sports there at the Telegram has lost some control. Must be a boy wonder from "Colgate".

Reeves you are rather transparent with your misguided disdain for for Rangers management. Are you upset because you feel they disrespected your friend or you just want to take 'pot' shots for writing style?

You were wrong about why MY demanded the trade, you said it was the way they approached him about the move, but MY was quoted as saying it was because he is not ready to move and he is a gold glove winning SS. So maybe you are upset about misinforming people otherwise.

At any rate your post comes across as a vitriolic person still steaming about something. If you are going to be the only beat writer with the Rangers I hope you loosen up a little.

Jim Reeves..let me preach to you a minute man...if this is your shining moment...ala SHINING MIKES gold glove..(i hear the ncaa b ball championship theme song,) let me tell you, that chance is bliz-own, and your advice/info is as dead to me as PEEBO BRYSON.

Do you really think Blalock is on this team next year? If you do, you haven't been following the path this team is taking. He won't be around after the All star break. And if he produces, if you thought we got something for kenny lofton(MAXIMUS), you get ready for better return for Hank.
I know we won't have Hank's Homies, BOO HOOO(btw, even THEY gave up after their boy had the flu/rib problems?) instead we'll have SMOAK'S DOG'S for a lot less money and way better glove in the infield.
JIM REEVES..I AM CALLING YOU OUT. ANSWER MY POST. WHAT DO YOU REALLY THINK IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO CHRIS DAVIS. SPEAK ON IT. IF YOU THINK HE IS GOING TO BE MOVED, I WANT YOUR RESPONSE. IF I DON'T SEE A RESPONSE, I WON'T BE SURPRISED. I MEAN YOU HAVE THE CELL PHONE NUMBER OF ALL THE RANGER'S PLAYERS...I'M SURE YOU CAN CALL THEM AND GET THE INSIGHT US BLOGGER/ FANS CAN'T GET....

Keith: If I knew what was going to happen with Chris Davis, I'd have told you, man. Of course I don't think Blalock is with the Rangers next year. Does that mean Davis becomes the DH? Maybe. But what if Max Ramirez gets a shot at it when Blalock is traded at the deadline and hits so well, he can't be budged for 2010? Nice problem, but what do the Rangers do then, trade Davis? Ramirez? See what I mean, too many unknowns to provide a real answer right now. What we do know is having both Davis and Smoak coming right behind him is a problem most teams would love to have.
By the way, I'm a columnist, not the Rangers' beat writer (did that for 11 years in the '70s and '80s). Jeff Wilson and Anthony Andro are our beat writers and yes, they probably have all the cell phone numbers. I don't, but I could probably get them. Wouldn't do me any good to ask Davis where he'll be moved, though, because I seriously doubt that the Rangers have even hinted that they plan on moving him yet.
Keep reading and blogging. Glad to have you here.
-- revo

The Ranger brass really hoped to trade MY but there's no interest in a 32 year old SS making $12 mil and hitting .275 away from Arlington Stadium. What they wanted, by 2010, was Chris Davis at 3rd, Elvis Andrus at SS, Kinsler at 2nd and Smoak at 1B. Perhaps Teagarden behind the plate with Max Ramirez spelling him and DHing. Cruz in left, Borbon in center, and Hamilton in right.

The young arms in the minors should be arriving by then and wouldn't it be nice to have a 26 man roster with the average age of about 24 or 25 years old. But Young and his contract is not tradeable. Young and his agent know it and so does JD, Nolan, and Hicks.

So get used to seeing Young's 2nd baseman's arm floating them to lb from 3rd and get ready for a spike in infield hits from the opposition.

If Jon Daniels is still in charge I suspect Davis will be traded in 2010 for a 36-year-old pitcher who hasn't played in two years because of an inoperable-rotator-cuff injury. JD might even throw in Josh Hamilton just to be nice.

Daniels seems to relish injured players.

Joe, I really like your forgiving spirit, I guess you walk on water too.
The Rangers have inproved since Hart left, why be so negative. No one man runs things unless it is Hicks, and I guess that is why we dont have Sheets onboard.

look past the clouds, the sun is there..

All I have to go on is Jon Daniels' record and it isn't very good. But, I've only been a baseball fan since Mantel's rookie year.

Joe - you mean Mantle? The one with a .298 avg, 536 homers and 1500 rbi's? It's Mantle - not Mantel

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