As most teams whittle down their rosters in preparation for opening day, the Texas Rangers were dealt a last-minute curveball. Rangers’ starting second baseman Jurickson Profar will miss 10-12 weeks after suffering a slight muscle tear in his right shoulder, according to U-T San Diego’s Dennis Lin.
Even though the Rangers prefer to tap someone internally to take Profar’s place, per Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Jeff Wilson, such a decision would either involve starting non-roster invitee Kensuke Tanaka or rushing 20-year-old prospect Rougned Odor.
Instead, general manager Jon Daniels could do what he’s done so many times before: make a “win-now” trade. And New York Mets’ second baseman Daniel Murphy would be a perfect fit.
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The Texas Rangers were very busy during the Trade Deadline. Specifically, they worked hard to revamp their struggling bullpen, and acquired relief studs like Mike Adams and Koji Uehara to bridge the gap. In a bullpen that’s now so deep, it’s easy to forget about arguably their most surprising, yet most dominant reliever–Yoshinori Tateyama.
Tateyama, a 35 year-old right-handed pitcher, has posted a 2.62 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 6.33 K/BB in 34.3 frames for the Rangers. The pitcher was a veteran Japanese hurler, who decided only recently to make the jump to the states. As a reliever for the Nippon Ham Fighters, Tateyama relied heavily on his immaculate control, owning a 2.00 BB/9 over his last four seasons. Not much has changed with Tateyama’s 2011 season in the Major Leagues. Continue reading
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