Transaction Analysis

Rangers trade for Randy Velarde

Velarde is a pretty similar hitter to Luis Alicea - good on-base skills and a small amount of power. Velarde's defense will be a boost to Texas, whose pitchers induce a lot of ground balls. They gave up some good prospects in Harang and Cullen, but Velarde is a good fit in Texas given the Rangers' disinterest in re-signing Alicea.

Triple Steal rating: Double

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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.

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