Choo-se Your Own Adventure

If you’re reading this, then you’re most likely a Rangers fan. And if you are a Rangers fan, then I’m sure you are well aware of the swirling drain that many believe this season is circling. I do have my opinions on the path this team should take, but at fifty-nine games into the season, I’ll wait to have that […]

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How a Brewers battery could supercharge the Rangers’ title hopes

Trade season is here, and the Rangers are spinning in and out of the rumor tornadoes. For months they have been linked to Jonathan Lucroy of the Milwaukee Brewers. Those rumors have yet to die, even the catchers for the Rangers have continued to produce offensively having slashed .236/.286/.422/.707 thus far in 2016. That isn’t terrible from a position that […]

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Stone Cole

Cole Hamels is good. We all knew that when the Rangers made the deal for him last July. Locally, though, I don’t think any of us realized just how good he really was. Hamels has been everything Jon Daniels had hoped for and more. A legitimate front of the rotation starter – maybe not an “ace” but a 1A – […]

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Blockbuster Ideas

Alright, we played with our Surplus Values all week. We identified some nice pieces that would improve what already should be an internally improved Division Winner. But that’s not enough for us. We want to sling this team to World Series contender. We want to make a move that breaks twitter for a day. We want to throw something into […]

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Under the Radar

So, we’ve slept on the formulas for Surplus Value. And you’ve also had a few days to day dream of that blockbuster winter deal. Temper that excitement for a bit. Today we are going to identify a few of those smaller moves that help strengthen a club. Those “under the Radar” guys that you may not recognize initially, but improve a […]

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Hot Stove Season

With the Hot Stove season creeping up, we at SDI thought it might be time to throw some wood into the Rangers’ rumor bonfire. This will be a three-part series this week, beginning with Part 1 below, which is addressing some of the Rangers most talked about proven commodities, as well as how we will assess values moving forward. We will […]

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Chill in the Air

Folded in my closet on a shelf is a red hooded sweatshirt. On the front is Texas Rangers and something in regards to the 2010 playoffs. “Hoodie weather” in Texas is a short season, and fond to all of us. But this one is more special than most. It’s a reminder to me of what October baseball is all about. […]

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Magic Show

The Pledge – “We will now, right before your eyes, take this team to the playoffs.” Disappearing acts Your premier power hitter sidelined with neck surgery. A young arm recovers for half this season. A true Ace leaves the roster before the season can even begin. An Opening Day starter makes it through one inning, and then vanishes for months. […]

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Lunar Phases

The young Astros landed Monday in Arlington in first place, and coming off a gutsy ninth inning victory. They strolled in still confident, bright-eyed explorers; young and naïve to what pennant race baseball really is, the mission not quite clear. And they leave, grounded, wings held on with duct tape, sputtering rockets, and mission command looking for answers. As this […]

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