Rangers Re-Do: Frankie Francisco for Mike Napoli

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Mike Napoli may help the Texas Rangers win some games this season, but right now he's a big pain in the butt.

How's that?

Because think of the team's landscape had general manager Jon Daniels not acquired Napoli from the Toronto Blue Jays on January 25 for reliever Frankie Francisco. If that deal was never done:

*Neftali Feliz could move into the starting rotation.

*The Rangers would have a proven closer in Francisco.

*Michael Young might be satisfied to be the team's everyday designated hitter/platoon first baseman.

*There might even be room on the final roster for the hot-hitting Chris Davis.

I'm smelling a do-over.

Granted, Francisico is hurt in Toronto after missing the last five weeks and post-season in 2010 in Texas. Francisco was 6-4 with a 3.76 ERA and 2 saves in 56 appearances for the Rangers in 2010.

And, granted, manager Ron Washington has penciled in Napoli as his Opening Day starter at first base. He'll also play some catcher.

Still, until Young is traded for a reliable closer it feels like Napoli is creating more problems than he's fixing.

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Jstewart1754
Jstewart1754

Frankie is hurt & he may never been the pitcher of two years ago.

Chix3309
Chix3309

Ha ha proven closer my ass

He has a sub par fast ball with no movement a slider with no movement a change up that is served on a silver platter to any hitter he is not accurate so really how is he a proven closer Napoli will fill his role and soon become a very popular athlete within the rangers organization

Evan
Evan

All I'm saying is that unless Napoli can REALLY toss a chair at A's fans, then this trade is a bust.

Dirty Sanchez
Dirty Sanchez

Are you and Greggo doing lines together now?

Gary
Gary

Proven closer? Proven what, that he can both close and cause whiplash?

Anonymous
Anonymous

Mind-boggingly stupid analysis.

P1Steven
P1Steven

A closer can be found on the market.....

rangery rangers fan
rangery rangers fan

who would you like the Rangers to go after? It'd probably have to be a team in rebuilding mode unless the Rangers gave up something real good. Joel Hanrahan of the Pirates? K-Rod with the Mets? (bad contract) Michael Gonzalez in Baltimore? (bad contract) Brandon Lyon? Anybody miss Coco Cordero? Heath Bell? (if the Pads don't think they can compete)

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

And one more thing, Nap is gonna make all you haters love him, the first time he has a game winning hit against one of the A's lefties (that's why he was brought in, look that up baseball idiots/people who listen to the Tardline) and the opening day starter for Kerg's team is a lefty, prob why Nap's getting the start.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

RW, hey buddy, I know you don't jack about much..so I'll take it easy on ya. Anyone that follows the great game, could tell you that FF just had a visit with Dr Andrews..and hasn't pitched in a couple of weeks..and Tor doesn't know when he may be available..dang man, you should donate your Observer paycheck to some worthy cause..cause you don't deserve it for your crappy writing and research skills.

Rooster
Rooster

1) Whether or not Feliz starts will have nothing to do with "Frankie the Chair". A good closer is much easier to find than a good starter, so if he can be a dominant starter, that is where he will be regardless of whether or not Francisco is on the team.2) Michael Young needs to accept he's an aging ballplayer who isn't what he used to be.3) The fans need to take a good strong look at #2, also.4) The fact Chris Davis shouldn't give up his apartment in Round Rock (or OKC last year) has absolutely nothing to do with Mike Napoli, and everything to do with the guy is consistently inconsistent.5) I still have my doubts Mike Young is getting traded anywhere, much less for a "reliable" closer.6) "Frankie the Chair" has been about as healthy as Steve Jobs lately. The fact he's been injured for the last 7 months doesn't strike you as a concern?7) Seriously. In your "create some false controversy" bag of tricks, this is all you could come up with? Gosh, maybe you should have went with the "Josh Hamilton has the sniffles so he must be broken down from years of drug use" argument you tried before.

reality check
reality check

Good point about #6 (main flimsy premise of the RW blurb).

Proven Closer = Frankie F.

Take 2009 out of the mix and he has 7 total saves going back through 2004.

Lets not let the facts get in the way of a daily post quota.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Bravo, Rooster. Nailed it.

Rooster
Rooster

Sadly, now I'm going to have to listen this get rehashed on RAGE, where he'll do a REALLY poor job of actling like he actually believes this crap...

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

What the What, napoli is penciled as opening day starter at 1st? Youre shitting us right, that was a misspeak right? What the fuck has Napoli done except rifle through the daily buffet and destroy 2 dozen cupcakes for dessert? This is a bitchslap to moreland (and davis for that matter). I sure hope this isnt being forced from the front office to show young that, see he was worth bringing in!

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Napoli will start because the Rangers face a tough lefty, Jon Lester, and Moreland is likely to sit against tough lefties all year long. If you don't start Napoli against Lester, then there was really no reason to deal for him.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

create a league post the info here let everyone join and see how many sign up, i got 2 guys who will join if we dont get enough

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I got my squad in there. Benji Gil's Legacy is primed for battle.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

good to go, I see merten joined, wonder if whitt will join? Richie, I putting the call out for you to join

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

I'll join up. May be tomorrow before I actually do, but I'll give it a go.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Davy, how about Sunday evening draft? Sat night works for me, but I'm a homebody..

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Im signed up now but change the draft night

Mishon
Mishon

I would be down to play against you guys but a Saturday Night draft just doesn't work for me and I wouldn't want to do an auto draft. But if you guys are able to change the time then I would join.

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

League ID: 179971Password: tardline

Right now, the draft is set for Saturday night at 8:30. Not ideal for everyone, I know. I'm pretty sure I can change it. Will have to be before next Thursday otherwise the we won't have a first week.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Exactly what I stated earlier Sam..Davey Crockett said he wanted in on some fantasy bball too..still time

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I joined a random league on Yahoo, but I'll gladly play against my Sportatorium cohorts instead of them. Or should I go ahead and create a league there and send you guys the info?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Hey RBS, my bad, I didnt see it sooner. Shouldnt you change your name to Jobless Ballless Romo, considering hes gettin hitched, outta work, and his sholder is fine. Oh ill play fbb too?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Now merten, how dare you post with facts. Now it makes sense to me as I hadnt realized who was pitching opening day. Anyhow, ill stand by my buffet comments. do you have any great opinions on what the Rangers do with Chris Davis?

Sam_Merten
Sam_Merten

Dunno about "great opinions," but I'd move Moreland to right, Cruz to left, Hamilton to center and put Davis in at first. Otherwise, Texas should deal him.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

You likey my new handle? It's the handle that keeps going..Bradford, Romo and now Webb..#winner

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

I said the same thing three hours ago, but I ain't pretty like Merton..I see how you are..Davis will be in Austin til Mikey gets traded or Moreland fails..or September..whichever happens first

Mishon
Mishon

I have been asking why that deal was done on this blog for weeks now. Glad to see you finally address it.

Dirty Sanchez
Dirty Sanchez

If you are asking that you really don't know baseball then.

Mishon
Mishon

ok, whatever you say man.

thanks for your 2 cents.

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