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05/08/2013

Do you miss these Texas Rangers?

La-sp-angels-notes-20130505-001If this wasn't so much fun it would be sad, but the Los Angeles Angels are 11-21, and 8.5 games behind Texas for first place in the American League West.

Not that you haven't been following this yourself, but former Rangers fan favorite Josh Hamilton is now batting .202 with two HRs and 9 RBI in 129 at bats with the Angels. On the good side, he does lead the team with 40 strikeouts. So he has that going for him, which is nice.

Watching Josh whiff heplessly brings to mind a host of former Rangers who are now playing elsewhere, and whether it's a good thing they are gone.

Take a look

Cliff Lee, LHP, Philadelphia Phillies. 3-2, 3.26 ERA, 49.2 IP

Since he signed a five-year, $120 million deal with the Phillies in 2010 he has been durable and quality. He is 26-19 in 69 starts. The reason he may have been worth a seven year deal for the Rangers is the guy does not appear as if he will get hurt, and can eat innings.

QIBcKrVMichael Young, 3B, Phiadelphia Phillies. .330, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 6 doubles, 115 at bats
There was no where to put him, and GM Jon Daniels was dying to deal him. People love to hate this guy, but there is no way around this, the guy can still hit.

C.J. Wilson, LHP, LAA Angels. 3-1, 3.86 ERA, 7 starts, 42 IP
The surfer boy attitude was wearing thin with the Rangers when he signed a five-year, $77.5 million deal with the Angels two two years ago. He is awfully durable and, from a numbers standpoint, probably be worth it for the Angels as long as he is the No. 2 or No. 3. He is 16-11 with the Angels in a little more than one full season.

Josh Hamilton, OF, LAA Angels. .202, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 40 Ks
Signed a five-year, $125 mil deal with the Angels in the offseason. Rangers decided he wasn't worth the talent.

Mike Napoli, C, Boston Red Sox. .260, 15 2B, 6 HR, 32 RBI, 131 ab
If his replacement, A.J. Pierzynski, wasn't off to such a good start there may be more noise about this. 

Chris Davis, 1B, Baltimore Orioles. .318, 9 HR, 30 RBI, 9 2B, 107 ab
Since he was dealt to the Orioles he has become one of the best power hitting first baseman in baseball. This one hurts.

Scott Feldman, P, Chicago Cubs. 3-3, 2.70 ERA, 6 starts
Decent pro, nice guy, but ... who can ever forget game Game 6? 

Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners. .236, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 110 ab
Part of the deal that brought Cliff Lee to Texas. He has not matured into the type of hitter that scouts had projected.

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