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    Josh Hamilton Traded to the Rangers

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    The Texas Rangers spent most of 2007 trying to build up the starting pitching depth in the organization. Friday, they put that depth to use.

    The Rangers reached into their stock of young starters and used one, Edinson Volquez, to address one of their more pressing needs, the outfield. The Rangers, sources confirmed, have agreed to send Volquez and minor league pitcher Daniel Herrera to Cincinnati for power-hitting Josh Hamilton.

    In a way, it's a trade of one successful rebuilding project for another. While Volquez worked his way back from Class A last year to have a successful September for the Rangers, Hamilton overcame a long history of injuries and addiction issues to have an impressive rookie season for the Reds.

    Hamilton, who will turn 27 in May, hit .292 with a .922 on-base-plus-slugging average in 90 games. He also hit 19 home runs and drove in 47 runs.

    It was the latest chapter in a comeback for the No. 1 overall pick in the 1999 draft that included going three seasons without playing due to recreational drug problems. Failed drug tests also led to a year-long suspension by Major League Baseball in 2004. Hamilton has said in the past that drug problems arose after several seasons in the minors ended prematurely because of injuries that left him with lots of time on his hands.

    After getting clean in 2006, he started on the road back by playing 15 games at short-season Class A ball. His talent was judged mature enough that Cincinnati traded up during the December Rule 5 draft to get him when the Tampa Bay declined to put him on its roster. Hamilton then won an outfield job. He missed two weeks in May with gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the intestines), another month with a sprained wrist and the final three weeks of the season with a sore hamstring.

    But in the time that he was healthy over the final four months of the season, he appeared to refine his game even more. He batted .313 with a .389 on-base percentage and a .964 OPS. Among the 144 NL players with at least 200 plate appearances in that span, Hamilton ranked 15th in the league in OPS.

    Hamilton gives the Rangers options in the outfield. An above-average fielder, defender, he could be used in center field. But the club could also opt to move him to a corner to try to lessen his the wear and tear on his body. Marlon Byrd and David Murphy could split time in center. Milton Bradley or Frank Catalanotto could split the left field and DH duties, depending upon Bradley's health.

    The trade also opens the door for another young pitcher Luis Mendoza, Armando Galarraga, Josh Rupe, A.J. Murray or even Eric Hurley to win a spot in the starting rotation. Mendoza, Murray and Galarraga all had brief but impressive auditions as starters. Rupe went to camp last year with a good chance to win the fifth starter's job. Hurley is the club's top pitching prospect. The Rangers have also expressed at least mild interest in veteran free agents Freddy Garcia, Bartolo Colon and Jason Jennings, all of whom are recovering from injury.

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    Hamilton Traded to Rangers

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    For that young pitcher Volquez.

    The Texas Rangers spent most of 2007 trying to build up the starting pitching depth in the organization. Friday, they put that depth to use.

    The Rangers reached into their stock of young starters and used one, Edinson Volquez, to address one of their more pressing needs, the outfield. The Rangers, sources confirmed, have agreed to send Volquez and minor league pitcher Daniel Herrera to Cincinnati for power-hitting Josh Hamilton.

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    I would have liked to have gotten Teagarden but that's probably not possible without the Reds adding another player. Volquez is a stud. Last year he allowed only 98 hits and struckout 166 batters in the minors.

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    Are the Reds going to use him in the rotation? Looks like he pitched pretty well at the end of the season last year, this does free up some room in the outfield.
    This is the ol Left Hander rounding third and heading for home.

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

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    The Rangers and Reds agreed on a trade Friday that will send outfielder Josh Hamilton to Texas in exchange for right-hander Edison Volquez and a Minor League pitcher.

    Texas will have a press conference later in the day to announce the deal.

    Hamilton was quite a feel-good story early last season. Acquired by Cincinnati from Tampa Bay via a Rule 5 Draft trade, the 26-year-old -- who had been troubled throughout his career as a professional by drug and legal problems -- got off to an impressive start.

    A sprained wrist and a hamstring injury caused him to miss a good chunk of the second half of the season. He finished the season with a .292 batting average and had 19 home runs and 47 RBIs in 90 games.

    The hard-throwing, 24-year-old Volquez fanned 166 batters while going 14-6 at three Minor League stops last season.
    Games are won on run differential -- scoring more than your opponent. Runs are runs, scored or prevented they all count the same. Worry about scoring more and allowing fewer, not which positions contribute to which side of the equation or how "consistent" you are at your current level of performance.

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    ....and your opening day CF is Jay Bruce.
    "Is there a problem officers?"

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    Quote Originally Posted by red-in-la View Post
    ....and your opening day CF is Jay Bruce.
    That would seem to be the question.

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    Re: Josh Hamilton Traded to the Rangers

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    I really, REALLY like this move by Wayne. As much as I like Hamilton and respect what he did, he is a razor thin edge from being lost, given his past issues. Add in the injury stuff and questions about his body after all of the drugs, and to have turned a Rule 5 pick-up into two plus potential arms in the span of a year is really good work by Krivsky. Really good work.

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    Re: Josh Hamilton Traded to the Rangers

    Awesome. Nobody's kidding. Wayne's on my good boy list this holiday season.

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    Re: Josh Hamilton Traded to the Rangers

    I love Josh and hate to see him go...
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    1 spare OF for 2 pitchers. I like it.
    Last edited by Unassisted; 12-21-2007 at 05:55 PM.
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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    Herrera spent the bulk of 2007 in the hitter friendly Texas League and put up this line: 52.1 IP, 43 H, 3 HR, 20 BB, 64 K, 3.78 ERA.

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    THAT, my friends, is baseball GM-ing.

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    Re: Hamilton Traded to Rangers

    Shame to see Josh go.
    "Since I've been with the Reds in 1989, we've never had a farm system this loaded," Bowden said. "If we were the New York Yankees and had unlimited dollars, we could have traded for Colon, (Jeff) Weaver, Rolen, (Cliff) Floyd, (Kenny) Rogers and Finley and gotten them all -- and still held onto our top five prospects. That's an amazing statement."


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