08/07/10 4:35 PM ET
Teagarden earning stripes with defense
Catcher displaying impressive skill set behind plate
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Daniels wants to maintain staff continuity
When the Rangers' new ownership group takes over next week, much focus will be on how much the club will be able to spend on payroll. People will want to know if the Rangers can re-sign Cliff Lee and whether they can be big players in the free agent market.General manager Jon Daniels acknowledged that's important and a luxury they haven't had in the past few years. "I think the biggest impact going forward will be the flexibility and creativity to consider some things we haven't been able to in the past," Daniels said. But, equally important to Daniels is being able to keep together the people that helped rebuild the Rangers, from his front office staff to the Major League coaching staff, the Minor League development people and the scouts who went out and found the talent. A team in financial distress is always in imminent jeopardy of being raided by other teams. Managing partner Chuck Greenberg and club president Nolan Ryan are committed to preventing that from happening. "They believe in attracting the right people, treating them well and keeping them in the organization," Daniels said. "The front office staff, the scouts, the coaches, that's critical. You've got to have talented players naturally, but you have to have the people to find them and develop them. What we were able to do as far as adding players this season is a tremendous credit to our scouting and player development people. "The better an organization does, the more opportunities they have elsewhere and it's critical to keep them in the organization. The bottom line is [the ownership change] is big for a lot."
Davis sparking trade interest from clubs
The Rangers are getting much trade interest in first baseman Chris Davis even though he is back in Triple-A Oklahoma City. The Boston Red Sox, who signed Carlos Delgado on Saturday, are among the teams that have shown interest. Major League sources say Davis has become a popular name.Davis continues to flourish at Triple-A Oklahoma City since being sent down at the beginning of August. He is 6-for-16 with seven RBIs in five games and is hitting .355 with 10 home runs and 63 RBIs in 72 games there. Davis hit .188 with no home runs and three RBIs in 31 games at the big league level this season. But there are some who feel he could be a late-blooming bat in a similar manner as Carlos Pena and Russell Branyan. He also remains a standout defensive player. It's doubtful the Rangers will do something now that players have to clear waivers to be traded. Davis is unlikely to get through waivers without being claimed. But if Mitch Moreland convinces the Rangers that he can be their everyday first baseman, Davis could be a prime topic of conversation between the Rangers and other teams in the offseason.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said Josh Hamilton will be his designated hitter on Sunday, giving Julio Borbon a chance to get back in the lineup. Borbon was out of the lineup on Saturday with David Murphy back in for the fourth straight game. ... Washington decided to start Taylor Teagarden at catcher on Saturday because it was a day game after a night game. He said Bengie Molina will start on Sunday. ... Rangers' No. 9 hitters are batting .282 for the season. That's the highest for any team in the American League.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.