Dear Josh Hamilton, you should get well soon, and stay well. A potential replacement for you has just been signed by the Rangers:
Cuban defector Leonys Martin has finalized a $15.5 million, five-year contract with the Texas Rangers, and the speedy center fielder could be in their lineup before the end of this season.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said there is no immediate timetable for Martin, who was signed Wednesday to have a future impact. But Daniels acknowledged that it was possible that the 23-year-old outfielder could move quickly through the system to the majors depending on his progress and the team’s needs.
Before Josh Hamilton broke his arm diving into home plate three weeks ago and went on the disabled list, the Rangers had already moved the AL MVP to left field and made Julio Borbon their primary center fielder. Borbon went into Wednesday night’s game at Seattle hitting .262, having raised his average 83 points by hitting .409 (9 of 22) over the previous 10 games.
I predict things are going to be getting pretty interesting in Arlington very soon.
Cuban Defector Signs with Rangers (MyFoxDFW.com)
Rangers prospect Engel Beltre of AA Frisco has been suspended for an indefinite period by the Texas League. Beltre’s suspension was part of the fallout from an incident involving a few San Antonio fans and some Frisco players in a 6-5 Frisco road loss Tuesday afternoon.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said water bottles were thrown on the field by fans and a plastic garbage can was thrown into the stands from the Frisco dugout. Daniels confirmed it was thrown by Beltre, the only player suspended by the league. “It is definitely not something we condone,’’ Daniels said. “It is a black eye for all involved.’’
The Rangers are considering sending the suspended 21-year-old center fielder to Surprise, Ariz., for extended spring training work, Daniels said.
A ball hit by Frisco’s Mike Bianucci first ruled a go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning was changed by umpires to a double. Both Frisco manager Steve Buechele and pitching coach Jeff Andrews were
thrown out of the game in an ensuing argument. A strikeout of the next
Frisco batter ended the game and touched off the incident.
Engel Beltre has been in the Rangers’ system since 2007, and he shot immediately toward the top of the prospect list. He still hangs near the top four years later as their top outfield prospect, and this year he is at major-league spring training for the first time.
Beltre was 17 when the Rangers acquired him from Boston in the Eric Gagné deal at the 2007 trade deadline. He had his best season last year at age 20, with a fast start at Class A Bakersfield that earned him a promotion to Double A Frisco.
Player threw trash can at fans (ESPN DALLAS)