The reports have been slow lately, due to a combination of things:
1. Been out of town a bunch lately.
2. Heavy into work on the 10th Bound Edition.
3. Not a whole lot of Rangers news at the moment.
4. The notebook where I stash things to discuss is pretty thin at the moment, with the exception of a couple big issues, which (partly because of 1 through 3) I haven't had the time to get to yet.
So for now, a couple notes that would generally fall near the end of a full-scale report ("emptying out the notebook," as it's become fashionable to say):
One local reporter wrote last week that Andy Hawkins, who served as Rangers pitching coach for the final two months of the season, "likely will end up as the bullpen coach." I'm not here to report it as fact. I merely pass the note along.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, in a note regarding the decision facing the Royals on whether to trade righthander Zack Greinke, reports that Texas "made a big offer for him before the July 31 non-waiver deadline." According to Rosenthal, Kansas City says it won't move Greinke unless overwhelmed.
Some have speculated that Arizona assistant general manager Peter Woodfork could be a candidate for Seattle's general manager job. Woodfork was a finalist for the assistant general manager position here that went to Thad Levine.
The Fort Worth Cats of the independent American Association re-acquired lefthander Joel Kirsten from the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, and the American Association's Grand Prairie AirHogs re-acquired infielder David Espinosa from the Atlantic League's Camden Riversharks. The excellent part is that the Cats and AirHogs had sent Kirsten and Espinosa to the Patriots and Riversharks for players to be named later just last month. Love the indie leagues.
If you need more of a team-centric fix right now, you owe it to yourself to go read Mike Hindman's Q&A with Rangers minor league pitching coordinator Rick Adair -- http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/10/q-a-with-rick-adair.html -- and Part I of Jason Parks's observations from his time in Surprise to take in a few days of the organization's Fall Instructional League program -- http://mvn.com/mlb-rangers/2008/10/04/rangers-fall-instructional-league-report-part-i/.
Both are well worth any Rangers fan's time.
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