Transaction Analysis

Rangers sign Ken Caminiti for 1 year, $3.25 million

This was an excellent move for the Rangers - Caminiti is a good hitter when he does play, and if the Rangers give him a lot of time to rest, he's a great pickup.  They did the smart thing and signed him to a 1 year deal, and the salary is also surprisingly low, given Caminiti's upside.  He's capable of playing about 90 games at a very solid level .290/.380/.510 (AVG/OBP/SLG), which is excellent for a third baseman.  The Rangers can make or break this move by the way they use him - if they let him start every day, they're asking for trouble, but they will most likely give him a lot of days off, and hope for the best.  This would have been a great move for any team without a stand-out third baseman, and he fits perfectly for the Rangers.

Triple Steal rating: Triple

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it. Memorabilia© 2000 JBaseball

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