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2010 Texas Rangers
Major league affiliations
Location
2010 information
Owner(s) Tom Hicks
Manager(s) Ron Washington
Local television FSSouthwest
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Local radio KRLD 105.3 FM (Weekdays)
KRLD 1080 AM (Weekends)
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The Rangers Ballpark in Arlington opening day 4/6/2009

The Texas Rangers' 2010 season will be the 50th season in franchise history. The Rangers will be competing to win the AL West for the first time since 1999.

Contents

Offseason

Rudy Jaramillo turned down a 1 year extension and took the hitting coach position with the Chicago Cubs.

The Rangers signed Clint Hurdle for the position of hitting coach.

Ivan Rodriguez signed a 2 year deal with the Washington Nationals. The Rangers received a compensation draft pick for Rodriguez who was a type B free agent. The other type B free agent on the Rangers, Marlon Byrd, signed a 3 year deal with the Chicago Cubs, re-joining his hitting instructor Jaramillo.

Omar Vizquel signed with the Chicago White Sox, as well as Andruw Jones. Neither free agent met type A or B status so Texas received no compensation for their departures.

At the winter meetings Jon Daniels made headline moves when Texas traded Kevin Millwood and $3 million to the Baltimore Orioles for pitcher Chris Ray and a PTBNL. The Orioles later selected Ben Snyder in the rule 5 draft from the San Francisco Giants and sent Snyder to the Rangers to complete the trade.

Following the Millwood trade, the Rangers signed Rich Harden to a 1 year deal. The contract includes a mutual 2nd year option. Michael Young told the media his new teammate “…has the best stuff in the league. I didn't say some of the best stuff. I mean the best stuff I've seen.” Harden was not offered arbitration by his former club, the Cubs, so Texas did not lose a draft pick to sign the type A free agent.

One trade that was not finalized would have sent Mike Lowell and approximately $9 million in cash to the Rangers and the Red Sox would have received AAA catcher Max Ramirez. The trade was cancelled after a physical discovered an injury to Lowell's thumb that would require surgery.[1]

Vladimir Guerrero signed a 1 year contract with Texas with a mutual 2nd year option. Guerrero will be the DH and will presumably hit 5th behind Hamilton.

The Rangers signed Khalil Greene to a 1 year contract. Greene will be the utility infielder. He meets a need for the team by being able to play 3B and SS, backing up Michael Young and Elvis Andrus. On January 14 the Rangers and Colby Lewis agreed to a two year deal. The former Rangers draft pick spent the previous 2 years pitching in Japan where he led the league in strikeouts both seasons and issued only 46 walks in a total of 354 1/3 innings pitched.[2] On January 21 it was reported the Rangers designated OF Greg Golson for assignment.[3] Golson was later traded to the New York Yankees for a minor league infielder.[4] On January 25 Joe Inglett was designated for assignment to make room for Lewis on the 40-man roster.[5] Inglett was claimed off waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.

All-Star 2nd baseman Ian Kinsler had praise for the offseason moves made by the front office. He acknowledged hating to lose Millwood, but recognizes how the moves have made 2010 the year the Rangers could win the division.

We basically covered every question we had going into the off-season, with very little spending money. JD made some very smart moves at the winter meetings. You never like to see a teammate get traded, especially someone who did so much for the organization in four years like Kevin, but JD and the rest of his guys thought that move was necessary. When we were able to get Vlad ... the signings we had before that were exciting, but to be able to get Vlad, it just got us all excited. We realize that this is our year. It's all up to us now.

—Ian Kinsler, Fort Worth Star Telegram: January 22, 2010.[6]

Two final additions to the pitching depth came from an unexpected source. Ranger pitchers Omar Beltre and Alexi Ogando had been banned from receiving US visa’s after being involved in a marriage-visa scam 5 years ago. Since that time the Rangers, the players, and their agents have been requesting new visa’s for the players and they were finally approved by February. Both players were listed on the restricted list on the team’s 40-man roster, meaning the Rangers retained rights to their MLB services if they ever returned to the United States, but they did not count towards total players allowed on the roster. Both players will have to be removed from the restricted list at the completion of spring training.[7]

Financial problems

Rangers owner Tom Hicks' company, Hicks Sporting Group, defaulted on loan payments in 2008 or 2009.[8] Although Hicks has maintained the Rangers are not being affected by the financial transactions, the Rangers have been hampered by the financial troubles of HSG.

Most notable was the Rangers inability to sign[9] their 2009 1st round draft pick Matt Purke[1]. After the deadline passed it was reported the Rangers offered Purke a $4 million dollar bonus[10], 2 less than what Purke was reported[11] to be demanding prior to the draft. However, a conflicting report by Randy Galloway says MLB rejected the Rangers contract offer[12] and told Purke that the Rangers would only be allowed to offer a $2.4 million dollar offer. Hicks later told the Dallas Morning News that the Rangers did offer Purke a $4.0 million dollar offer and MLB had no influence over the dollar amounts[13]. Ryan would later contradict this claim saying MLB and the commissioner's office had direct dealings with the Rangers in almost all aspects of their financial transactions including approval of bonus money and trade approvals. Ryan and Danials both said the offer to Purke was "well above slot" but the exact details of the offer was not described, and there may have been other factors as to why Purke did not sign.

By September speculation had begun to build about MLB forcing the Rangers to shut down front rotation man Kevin Millwood before he surpassed his inning threshold that would vest his 2010 option for $12 million.[14] Hicks did admit that the Rangers had received some advances from MLB[15], but that the money borrowed would be repaid out of future earning due the team at the end of the year.

In October MLB executive vice president Rob Manfred sent a letter to then potential buyers Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan informing them the Rangers had been in violation of the collective-bargaining agreement and owed around $40 million.[16]

Another major problem for the Rangers following the 2009 season was the refund for prepaid post season tickets. Some fans did not receive refunds from the Rangers until late December, even after the team failed to make the post season in August.[17]

During the winter meetings Daniels told the press that the financial problems the Rangers are under are much like operating under a salary cap. These problems are why the Rangers had to trade Millwood before being able to make the Harden signing official. An increase was made to the team budget after the New Year when the ownership sale was finalized between Hicks and Greenberg/Ryan.[18]

Ryan spoke about the financial constraints the team was under after the sale agreement was completed.

We were required to have any expenditure that was not budgeted for had to be approved and also any signing outside of the slot limit had to be approved. There were obviously some restrictions that other clubs weren't under. MLB did not want to affect the normal day-to-day operations. It really did not encumber us to the point where we couldn't do anything. They realized we needed to run as usual as much as we possibly could.

— Nolan Ryan, “ESPN.Dallas:” January 26, 2010.[19]

Hicks told reporters from April 2007 to March 2009 he added an additional $85 million dollars to HSG. According to Hicks, HSG took on too much debt because the teams were spending more than the budget allowed.[20] However, according to Forbes, the revue and operating net income of both the Rangers and Stars went up from 2006 to 2008 while the estimated debt levels remained flat. Between the 2006 and 2007 seasons, the debt level for the Texas Rangers increased by approximately $100 million, the same time period when Hicks purchased the Liverpool Football Club. From 2007 to 2008 Forbes reported the Rangers and the Stars were the third most leveraged franchises in their respective sports.[21][22][23][24][25][26][27]

Ownership sale

Hicks has been looking for someone to sell partial ownership for the club since just prior to the default on the loan was reported. By the 2009 season Hicks was possibly forced to find a buyer for the team. Three known bids were put in for the ownership of the Rangers. Ex agent Dennis Gilbert, Houston business man Jim Crane, and a partnership of Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan placed bids believed to be around $500 million for the purchase of the team. Hicks offered exclusive negotiation rights to the Greenburg/Ryan group with a purchase expected to be complete prior to or following the start of the 2010 season.

During the bidding process it was discovered Ryan, as president of the club, was not under contract but working only on a handshake deal with Hicks, and that he would step down from the front office if another bidder were to win. After talks with Gilbert, Ryan later said he would not step down unless asked by the new owner to do so.

The winter owners meeting was held prior to the end of the 30-day exclusive negotiation between Hicks and Greenburg. Representing the Rangers at the meeting, Hicks told the media "You're not getting rid of us"[28] indicating the known desire for Hicks and his family to remain minority owners of the Rangers after a sale is completed.

The 30-day negotiating period ended on January 14, 2010 with no announcement about the pending sell. Hicks, with no pending threat to his control of the Rangers or Dallas Stars, did not finalize a deal while he tries to find a way, possibly by raising additional capital, to maintain control of the Rangers.[29] On Saturday January 16 Ryan and Greenberg released a joint statement regarding the sale of the MLB club saying they were "on the verge of an agreement."

We have made extraordinary progress the last couple of weeks and have come too far to walk away now. We are fully committed and prepared to work around the clock if that’s what it takes to reach a final agreement. We are at a point where deals get done as long as both parties share a desire to cross the finish line together. There just isn't much left to resolve. [30]

It was reported on January 23 the sale agreement had been completed. Early indication are Tom Hicks will remain a minority owner with the club, but it is questionable he will have a seat on the new board of directors, something he has stated he wanted. Approval from the executive and ownership committee, the banks who are owed money by HSG, and 75% of MLB owners is still required before the sale is finalized.[31][32][33] The new company will be called Rangers Baseball Express. Greenberg will serve as CEO and Managing Partner, Ray Davis and Bob Simpson will be Co-Chairmen of the Board. Rangers Baseball Express has also acquired approximately 153 acres of land adjacent to the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Cowboys Stadium. A separate company owned by Hicks previously owned the land.[34] After the land sale was announced, Hicks was sued by a former partner over the land. The former partner claims Hicks never dissolved the partnership that was formed when the two groups were planning the Glorypark.[35] Hicks was also sued by an architectural firm, RTKL, and a construction company, Vratsinas, for $6.9 million of unpaid work done over 3 years ago.[36]

Greenberg posted the following on his Facebook page:

Tonight was a big night for Nolan Ryan and me as we signed the definitive agreement to purchase the Texas Rangers. Thank you to everyone for your incredible support and encouragement over the last few months. Nolan and I can't wait to get started in our efforts to bring Rangers fans everywhere what you have waited for ...all these years. Thanks again and.... See you at the Ballpark!....... Chuck[37]

A report by Jon Heyman lists the sale price at $570 million.[38] At least one group whose approval is needed, Monarch Alternative Capital, has failed to sign off on the sale. Monarch Alternative Capital, which purchased a portion of Hicks Sports Group's debt after HSG defaulted, thinks Hicks passed up on a better purchase deal from Jim Crane, who was speculated to have made a higher offer.[39]

Regular season

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Spring training

Khalil Greene did not report to camp at the start of spring training, and is expected to miss significant time with the club. Greene has suffered in the past with anxiety issues which limited his playing time in 2009.[40] Jon Daniels released a statement on Greene’s absence from the club.

The Rangers fully support Khalil’s decision to address this private matter. Per club policy, we will not comment on his medical situation. We have agreed to leave the door open for a continued relationship, if both Khalil and the team desire that in the future.

We have not put a timetable on a possible return to the club with the sole focus right now on doing what we can to assist him. The Rangers will continue to work with Khalil and his representatives to monitor his situation and interest in rejoining our organization. Over the next few days, we expect that Khalil’s status will be more clearly defined. We will also communicate the impact on the 40-man roster once we've walked through our administrative options.

— Jon Daniels, Dallas Morning News: January 22, 2010.[41]

The Rangers voided Greene's contract in February.[42]

On March 9th the Rangers acquired Edwar Ramirez from the Yankees for cash considerations.[43] Ramirez took the last spot of the 40-man roster that was vacated by Greene's departure.

The starting rotation in previous years came down to the last minute to find out who would be the five starters at opening day, oftentimes having to get a free agent like Pedro Astacio, who signed in February prior to the 2005 season, or a trade like John Koronka and John Rheinecker, who were acquired at the end of March in 2006.

The 2009 season once again finds this question needing to be answered, but unlike previous years, it is due having too many potential candidates instead of scrambling to find a 5th starter or more. With a rotation starting off with Rich Harden, Scott Feldman, and Colby Lewis there were only two spots left, and with Tommy Hunter coming off a good 2009 showing he has the inside track for the number 4 spot. Remaining are Brandon McCarthy, who has still been unable to make a complete season healthy since 2006; Matt Harrison, coming back from surgery; Derek Holland, who started in the bullpen his rookie year of 2009 and finished the season in the rotation; Luis Mendoza, who only made one major league appearance in 2009 but had a strong showing in the winter leagues before the 2010 season; Neftali Feliz, the 100 MPH throwing reliever who is expected to be in the bullpen during 2010 if he doesn’t make the rotation; and CJ Wilson, who has spent every year with the team in the bullpen since his rookie year in 2005.

Wilson, who has requested a chance to make the starting rotation since 2006, spoke about the upcoming season and his frustrations with the organization not giving him a chance to start prior to 2010.

"It's no secret I don't think I should be limited to the set-up role. I have too many weapons. Here is the reality. It is real simple. There are not very many guys that have the stuff that I do that would be willing to sign here if they were free agents. There is no experienced pitcher that has my stuff that would sign here, historically."

— CJ Wilson, Fort Worth Star Telegram: February 18, 2010.[44]

Wilson’s comments were not well received by media or fans of the team.[45] Team president Nolan Ryan stated CJ is a guy "who likes to communicate" and Ron Washington said the team would not address the situation.[46]

This is not the first time comments made by Wilson have caused problems for the talented left-hander. Wilson was a regular poster on the website lonestarball.com under the handle blueglovelefty and in 2005 he stated the average ballplayer is a douchebag.[47] Wilson was later talked to by several team leaders on the Rangers, including Michael Young and Kevin Millwood. After the incident Wilson deleted his user ID and removed all posts from the web site.

On March 17th, 2010 Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman reported Rangers manager Ron Washington failed a MLB drug test in 2009. First-time offending non-playing personel who fail a drug test or admit to using drugs are not suspended and are subject to counseling and a substance-abuse program. After taking the test Washington called the MLB offices and informed then the test might come back positive. Washington them informed the front office of the Rangers about the test. Washington called a team meeting the morning of the story to inform the players about the failed test.[48]

Farm system rankings

Among baseball publications the top four Ranger prospects are all agreed upon, with Naftali Feliz most often being #1 and Tanner Scheppers being number #4 and all four are consistently ranked as top 100 or top 50 prospects. Neftali Feliz; Justin Smoak; Martín Pérez; Tanner Scheppers.

Jamey Newberg[49] and Baseball America[50] have Smoak ahead of Perez. Baseball Time in Arlington listed Perez ahead of Smoak.[51]

Keith Law, who ranked the Rangers as having the number 1 farm system[52] listed them in his top 100 with Perez being the highest of the four coming in at #7 overall in baseball.[53]

MLB.com’s top 50 players also included the Rangers prospects. Feliz and Smoak were both in the top 10 on this list.[54]

MLB Fanhouse ranked the Rangers system number 2[55] and listed them in their top 100 as well.[56][57]

Baseball America had the Rangers farm system ranked the second best behind Tampa Bay.[58] Two of their main writers John Manuel [59] and Jim Callis [60] have stated they consider the Rangers to be the number 1 farm system as recently as December.

MLB draft and international free agents

On January 18 it was reported the Rangers signed Jorge Alfaro, a 16 year old catcher from Colombia, for $1.3 million.[61] The 6' 1" 185 lbs right-hander is a power hitter with a strong arm. The Rangers also signed Australian-born catcher Guy Edmonds for $150,000 in February.[62]

Current roster

Texas Rangers 2010 Spring Training roster
40-man roster Spring Training
non-roster invitees
Coaches/Other
Pitchers
Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list


* Not on active roster
† 15-day disabled list
Roster updated March 18, 2010
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Season standings

  
AL West
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 0 0 0–0 0–0
Oakland Athletics 0 0 0–0 0–0
Seattle Mariners 0 0 0–0 0–0
Texas Rangers 0 0 0–0 0–0

Record vs. opponents

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Boston 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Chicago 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Cleveland 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Detroit 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Kansas City 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Los Angeles 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Minnesota 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
New York 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Oakland 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Seattle 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Tampa Bay 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Texas 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Toronto 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0

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