Inbox: Davis a Gold Glover at first?
Reporter T.R. Sullivan answers Rangers fans' questions
I have heard a lot of people complain about first baseman Chris Davis, but I am very excited about how he makes the other players better by digging balls out of the dirt and out of the air that could have been overthrows. What do you think his chances of being a Gold Glover one day?
-- Aaron M., University Place, Wash.
Davis is definitely a well-above-average first baseman in the field and could be an annual Gold Glove contender, but he will always have stiff competition as long as he's in the same league with Mark Teixeira, Carlos Pena and Kevin Youkilis.In your opinion, which player could the Rangers least afford to lose to injury for a significant amount of time?
-- Paul G., Burleson, Texas
The Rangers would be scrambling at third base without Michael Young, but it was pretty obvious last year what happens if they lose Ian Kinsler for an extended period of time.With the Rangers' high-powered offense, who is going to be the odd man out come the July 31 Trade Deadline? It seems to me that with all their strong bats they could get some pretty good pitching in return
-- Marc H., San Diego, Calif.
Right now, the most expendable outfielder is David Murphy. He appears to be getting the least amount of playing time now that Josh Hamilton is back. He would also be highly coveted by non-contenders, because he doesn't have much service time. But the Rangers also value him highly for that same reason, especially considering Marlon Byrd, Hank Blalock and Andruw Jones are all free agents after this season.If the Rangers' rotation continues to pitch so well, who gets bumped out if/when the organization feels that Derek Holland is ready to move to the rotation or if/when they sign Ben Sheets?
-- Tim V., Arlington
Right now the easy answer is Brandon McCarthy based on the way things are going, but club officials are also starting to say they would be perfectly content with keeping Holland in the bullpen all year if no opening develops in the rotation.Realistically, what are the Rangers chances of signing Sheets at some point this season? More importantly, what are the chances that Sheets can be effective in the starting rotation?
-- David S. Fort Worth
Sheets has not even started throwing yet. Once he does, you're talking a two-month process minimum to build up arm strength and durability. So best-case scenario is August at the earliest, and that's without any setbacks. It's highly doubtful he could have an impact on a team this season.What would an ace's numbers look like in Arlington for a full season? People say we play in a hitter's park, but what would Zack Greinke's numbers look like if he were in Arlington? An absolute ace came here and shut us down, so why does anyone think it wouldn't be different with a full season?
-- Dru B., The Colony, Texas
Barry Zito is 11-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 15 career starts at The Ballpark. Mike Mussina is 7-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 13 starts. Randy Johnson is 5-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 10 starts, and John Lackey is 5-5 with a 6.12 ERA in 15 starts.Does Mike Maddux have any input on when to pull a pitcher and who to bring in?
-- Steve P. Burleson, Texas
Yes. Ron Washington depends on him heavily when making pitching decisions. Maddux has significant input although Washington makes the final decision.Since the Nationals couldn't sign him, would the Rangers look at Aaron Crow again in this year's First-Year Player Draft. They had interest last year. Do you think other teams might overlook him since he's not in college now?
-- Chris Q. Fort Worth, Texas
Crow is pitching for the Fort Worth Cats and some significant members of the Rangers' front office are planning to see him pitch.I like Eddie Guardado. A lot of people on the forums, however, are interested in knowing as to why he is still with the team.
-- David M. San Francisco.
Because Guardado is left-handed, he is a tremendous leader in the clubhouse and in the bullpen and he has the best command of any Rangers pitcher when he's right. Guardado started off struggling, but he is starting to come around again.
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-- Michael R. Cleburne, Texas
The D-backs have Haren signed through 2012 with an option for '13. The Rangers would certainly be interested but would have to be willing to talk about moving Holland and Neftali Feliz. Same way with Johnson.Assuming the Rangers are not going to re-sign Vicente Padilla and they are in the division race at the Trading Deadline, what do you think they will do if another team makes a substantial trade offer for Padilla.
-- David L., Cleburne, Texas
Hopefully, say, "No." The Rangers don't need more Minor League prospects. They need to win at the Major League level.Since the Red Sox do not have room for Clay Buchholz in the Majors and with David Ortiz off to a slow start, do you see any chance the Rangers could trade Hank Blalock [and others] for Buchholz?
-- Justin F., Granbury, Texas
The Red Sox probably have a greater need to make that trade right now than the Rangers. They are looking for offense but probably aren't eager to include Buchholz in any deal.What would it take to land Roy Halladay at the Trade Deadline? Justin Smoak and who else? Would the Rangers be interested in trading for Halladay?
-- Johnny O., Fort Worth, Texas
The Blue Jays right now have the best record in the American League. Why would they talk about Halladay with anybody?Knowing that Jarrod Saltalamacchia is the best offensive catching prospect that we have, does it make sense to trade him and let Taylor Teagarden, the best defensive catching prospect, take the role full-time? It seems to me that the affect that Teagarden has on the pitching -- such as Matt Harrison -- is more valuable to this club than the offense we might give up with Salty.
-- Jake B., Dallas
What is Teagarden doing with Matt Harrison that Saltalamacchia isn't doing with Scott Feldman, Kevin Millwood or Padilla?What is Chan Ho Park up to these days? Is he still in baseball?
-- David N., Broken Arrow, Okla.
Why, you miss him? He's pitching for the Phillies.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.