Newberg: Sunny days.

“Few teams have a better 1-2-3 prospect trio than the Rangers,” wrote Baseball America’s Ben Badler on Tuesday, in conjunction with his publication’s ranking of Texas minor leaguers. He was referring to Joey Gallo, Lewis Brinson, and Nomar Mazara, the same three that front any assessment of the Rangers’ system — though not always in that order, as Baseball Prospectus, for […]

Newberg: The singular travels of Gil Kim.

The Following is a contribution from Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report: Various reports indicate that the Blue Jays have been in contact with Yovani Gallardo this week, as they look for a reliable veteran to fit with J.A. Happ at the bottom of their rotation. Short-term memory is a factor, as the 29-year-old pitched […]

Newberg: Painting like a child.

I was watching a show the other day when a Picasso quote I’d never heard was referenced: It took me four years to paint like Raphael — but a lifetime to paint like a child. My first reaction was shock that I’d never heard it before.  My second was the embarrassment that it’s probably because I don’t read enough. My […]

Newberg: Holding fourth.

When the Cowboys make their first selection in the draft on April 28, as long as they don’t trade out of the number four slot it will be the third time that they and the Rangers have called names in the same first-round position in adjacent drafts. In June of 1973, Texas took Houston high […]

Newberg: Ripple effect.

Sometimes the press release reverberates with a cannonball splash, like four years ago today, when Texas was awarded the exclusive rights to negotiate with Nippon Ham righthander Yu Darvish after submitting a record posting bid of $51.7 million. Other times it registers with a mild ripple, like the anticipated reunion with Colby Lewis, the free agent signing […]

Newberg: The longest winter.

The Rangers didn’t trade for Cole Hamels. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels, because before they could do that, he said yes to Houston. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman, because Houston got them both, and didn’t need to trade for Oliver Perez two weeks later. They didn’t trade for Cole Hamels […]

Newberg: Secondary market.

You asked that other owner in your fantasy league a thousand times for Dodgers prospect Raul Mondesi (Sr.), and Expos minor league shortstop Wil Cordero and Marlins reliever Matt Mantei slightly less often, and you got nowhere. If your cordless phone calls were even returned, they didn’t last long, as he inevitably tried convincing you […]

Newberg: The varying degree of cutting ties.

There are nine new GM’s in baseball since August, and while some of their predecessors are merely moving upstairs, that’s not the case for all of them, including Seattle’s Jerry Dipoto. Dipoto hasn’t overhauled his new club the way A.J. Preller did last winter with the Padres, but it’s early.  He’s been on the job less than two […]

Profar, Texas Ranger.

Man, let’s go get him. His big question mark may at last be gone. But it still hovers, so maybe we can buy low. He’s raking, and if he’s right he can defend at a premium position. He’s high-risk, high-reward, but that risk keeps diminishing.   He could still be great, like we all thought, and he’s […]

Newberg: Windows of opportunity.

It’s a relatively big day today, as Texas must decide by the end of the afternoon whether to tender Yovani Gallardo a one-year qualifying offer of $15.8 million, and whether to bid blindly on the right to negotiate with Korean first baseman Byung-ho Park, who was posted by his Nexen Heroes team on Monday. If the Rangers […]