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
Triple Steal rating: Double
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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.