Christmas buying = fun. Christmas shopping = futile.
But so it is for the Rangers at this week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, relegated to being merely spectators at baseball’s lavish swap meet.
While we’ve already reluctantly downsized our dreams to Justin Upton or Matt Kemp as a target for the left-field gig, general manager Jon Daniels told us yesterday to scaled it back a bit further.
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“We’re really looking more for a fourth, an extra guy, defensive-minded,” Daniels told reporters in his hotel suite. “We got interest in Torii, and it was unique to him. There could be a guy that fits in the mix to give Jeff (Banister) some flexibility and lets him move some guys around. But we’re not heavily involved in the outfield market.”
No Hunter. No Upton. No Kemp.
In other words, the Rangers’ starting left-fielder on Opening Day 2015 will be either Ryan Rua, Michael Choice, Jake Smolinski or Mitch Moreland. And as the toys possibly taken from the Winter Meetings? A fourth outfielder, which amounts to a sad lump of coal in your stocking.
Dang, Santa Daniels, have we really been that naughty this year?
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.