Even with the Rangers sprinting toward the finish line with nine wins in their last 10 games, 2014 is a race they long ago lost.
Which means, of course, that 2015 can’t get here fast enough.
The Rangers are already eyeing next season with a couple of moves, putting pitcher Alexi Ogando on the “extreme fatigue” list and holding a private workout for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas.
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Ogando’s season ended back on June 4 because of elbow inflammation, and with the Rangers’ latest designation he won’t be able to pitch in winter ball in the Dominican Republic until December at the earliest.
Also in the Domincan, the Rangers want a closer look at Tomas, a 23-year-old outfielder. They watched him a group workout over the weekend and will have go through a private workout today.
Tomas, who should become a free agent before next season, went 6 for 16 with two home runs for Cuba during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
The Rangers went through a similar due diligence process before signing Cuban defector Leonys Martin in 2011.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.