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Rangers void Khalil Greene's contract

Feb 25, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

Khalil Greene headshot.jpgAccording to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant, the Rangers have voided shortstop Khalil Greene’s 2010 contract following his failure to report to spring training due to ongoing anxiety issues.

It’s a sad story that continues to get sadder.  Greene, now 30, battled the same anxiety disorder last season in St. Louis and hit just .200/.272/.347 with six homers in 170 at-bats for the Cardinals.  He signed a one-year, $750,000 contract with the Rangers this offseason and was hoping to turn his career around in Texas.  But he is still struggling internally with something many of us probably can’t understand and it sure sounds like he will not be playing baseball at all this year.  Craig Calcaterra had more on the whole ordeal Monday.

  1. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    And while we’re at it, let’s repeat the Rangers’ heartwarmingly courageous and humane stand on the issue as reported by said Craig Calcaterra on Monday:
    .
    “The Rangers fully support Khalil’s decision to address this private matter. Per club policy, we will not comment on his medical situation. We have agreed to leave the door open for a continued relationship, if both Khalil and the team desire that in the future.”
    .
    Uh huh. This little about-face seems less remarkable when one remembers that this is the team that our corrupt, lying, mass-murdering drooling imbecile of an ex-President used to run. Or so they tell us. He may be gone but the stench of his modus apparandi seems to linger on.

  2. Phil - Feb 25, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Uh huh. This little about-face seems less remarkable when one remembers that this is the team that our corrupt, lying, mass-murdering drooling imbecile of an ex-President used to run. Or so they tell us. He may be gone but the stench of his modus apparandi seems to linger on.
    Former Texas Agricultural Commissioner and editor of The Texas Observer once said that if ignorance ever goes to $40 a barrel, he wanted drilling rights to George W’s head. The drunken frat boy who never grew up underscores the old jailhouse definition of capital punishment. To wit, them what’s got the capital don’t get the punishment.

  3. Phil - Feb 25, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    Sigh, that should read “Former Texas Agricultural Commissioner and editor of The Texas ObserverJim Hightower… I hate it when my old, arthritic fingers spoil a good rant.

  4. Joey B - Feb 25, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    It’s a sad story. In addition to Green’s issues, we have to people that seem to think this is a political board. We’ve had guys that tried to run NYC into the ground. I don’t remember the last time their names came up in conversation. Y’all need to get over your obsession and get something going in your lives.
    ‘Good morning’
    ‘Bush is an idiot’
    ‘How about joining for a drink?’
    ‘Bush is an idiot’
    ‘Okay, how about breakfast then?’
    ‘Bush is an idiot’
    Repeat, over and over, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, 10 years a decade, 2 decades a score, 5 score a century, 10 centuries a millineum.

  5. BC - Feb 25, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Wonder if he can sue the team? Or what the Player’s Association will do?
    I was fortunate enough some time ago that when began really feeling the effects of clinical depression, I was able to go on Medical Leave and return to work after some time. My employer was incredibly supportive.
    Clinical depression (or any similar anxiety order) is a horrible thing if you can’t get it under control through therapy, medication or both. It can ruin your life. It almost did it to me. Hopefully he can get things in check.

  6. Ace - Feb 25, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    The day this nation is done dealing with the disastrous aftermath of that presidency is the day I’ll stop complaining about him.

  7. cliff - Feb 25, 2010 at 2:53 PM

    Drew,
    Do you allow politics on this blog or are “Old Gator’s” and “Phil’s” politics just the kind that NBC promotes and therefore permitted?

  8. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    It takes a simple mind to see complex problems in simple terms. I envy you yours.

  9. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Ditto for you. And in your case, you can throw your equally simplistic paranoia about liberals lurking everywhere in the media into the mix for good measure.

  10. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Yep, and it’s not just the guy’s idiocy, but the new levels of money worship he (and his and his daddy’s execrable corporatist Supreme Court picks) brought to Washington – and which, one might say, is reflected in the kind of toxic, cavalier, cover-my-bank-account’s ass behavior that the Rangers are demonstrating towards a kid with a serious medical issue. Sorry if some folks out there don’t think there’s some kind of relationship between sports, economics and politics – they triangulate intimately, in fact, but as I mentioned above, simple minds want sports to exist in some sort of disembodied la-la land and don’t want to acknowledge, much less try to sort out, such complicated interrelationships.

  11. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Phil – my last post was meant to reply to yours.
    Ace – don’t hold your breath. The extent of the damage hasn’t even begun to play itself out yet. You might even, and with good reason, view the retrenchment in free agent signings and general toughening of team stances with regard to compensation, the proliferation of ILCs and the number of teams engaged in salary dumping as directly symptomatic of the economic aspect of the Bush disaster.

  12. Joe - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Perhaps Greene and his agent agree that this is the best move at this point.
    The Rangers made the move on Thursday after multiple conversations with the Commissioner’s Office, the Major League Baseball Players Association and Greene’s agent, Mike Milchin.
    “It was done without any issues from any parties,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “This is not about the contract, this is about a player getting well.”

  13. BC - Feb 25, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Let me take a shot at putting a halt to the invective…
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_Wb7gmBhM3z4/SsYLweBAojI/AAAAAAAACLE/4m2pZZFgAgg/s400/go4-drew-barrymore-108.jpg

  14. Joey B - Feb 25, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    “It takes a simple mind to see complex problems in simple terms. I envy you yours.”
    It’s yoga for the mind. Understanding where you are in the cosmos and what is apropriate and what is not appropriate.
    Bush is an idiot, and I was disappointed from almost the moment he stepped on the field.
    Likewise, as a Raiders’ fan, Randy Moss was a disappointment from the moment he stepped on the field. The reason why I never raised this issue before is because A) it’s ancient history, and B) this ain’t a FB site and it ain’t a Raiders site.
    I don’t care if you bash Bush. I don’t rightly remember anything of his I favored. But this really isn’t the proper forum for it, and it is selfish of you to try to foist your political views on a forum in which people are trying to discuss baseball.

  15. BC - Feb 25, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    Oh well. I tried. Alas I failed.

  16. Charles Gates - Feb 25, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    Can’t say I’m with you on DB. I caught a little Cheryl Bernard on TV today during lunch. Oh, Canada…

  17. BC - Feb 25, 2010 at 4:38 PM

    This any better?
    http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Drew-Barrymore-drew-barrymore-81927_1024_768.jpg

  18. Charles Gates - Feb 25, 2010 at 4:55 PM

    Well, yes, better. But she doesn’t crack my Top 10.

  19. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Well yeah, she’s hot, but man, you must have more than that one picture to fall back on…er…let me reword that…
    JoeyB: as a practicing yogi myself (going on forty years or so now) I must agree that it’s nice to have an idea of where you are in the cosmos. Now, let’s see if you can get a bearing on where you are in the economy as well, since that – and the politics which are inseparable from it – are what we’re talking about when we talk about teams arbitrarily voiding the contracts of players with medical issues. Nice that you’ve figured out where baseball begins and the cosmos ends in a discussion of a player’s contract. How leaving a guy with acute anxiety issues – and I hope all of this isn’t a polite euphemism for the onset of full-blown schizophrenia, which strikes with its greatest force an alarmingly high percentage of the time in young adulthood. We’ll just have to leave it to the Rangers to explain to us how cutting off Greene’s means of support is going to help with the health of the patient, as it were. Still sounds an awful lot like classic Bush fecalspeak to me.

  20. Go Figure! - Feb 25, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    Drew Barrymore doesn’t crack your top 10!, you may want to consider one of the following ideas, rework your top 10 or find out who Khalil Greenes’ therapist is!!!!

  21. Charles Gates - Feb 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    (Sorry BC)
    For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll sssume the Rangers didn’t violate a contractual agreement with Greene by releasing him.
    We’ll just have to leave it to the Rangers to explain to us how cutting off Greene’s means of support is going to help with the health of the patient
    Obviously it won’t, but why is it the responsibility of the Rangers to do so?

  22. Old Gator - Feb 25, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    It may well not be, according to the contract itself. It’s the assertion of the Rangers front office that somehow it’s in Greene’s best interests to void the contract that pisses me off. Spin doctoring at its clumsiest and ugliest. How about: whereas we regret having to take this step, it’s Greene’s problem, not ours, and what we’re doing is really in the best interests of the club’s bottom line? Sounds like shit? Well yeah. But if that’s what it is, the club ought to have a little faith in being shits. Just for continuity’s sake if nothing else, you know?
    .
    Anyway, notwithstanding all this, I have to wonder why they could cut him for a medical condition whose legitimacy they’re not disputing if they couldn’t cut him for, say, tearing an achilles tendon? Did they include an escape clause because of his past history, and if so, where the hell was the Player’s Association review of the terms? They can reject a player who wants to renegotiate a deal to less per year to stay with a team – but not for this? Doesn’t make much sense. But then, life in general usually doesn’t.

  23. Charles Gates - Feb 25, 2010 at 8:16 PM

    Thanks for the reply.
    It’s the assertion of the Rangers front office that somehow it’s in Greene’s best interests to void the contract that pisses me off. Totally agree. Just be honest about it, and say “We took a risk and what we’re doing is really in the best interests of the club. (I think the bottom line is implied…but that’s just the economic reasoning in me making an appearance again).
    RE: Your 2nd paragraph; that was the first thing that struck me. The Rangers knew what they were getting into, medically speaking, and they were able to sign a no liability contract? Wow. Good negotiating. You’d think that Greene would have had a clause in there that said something like, “If I can’t play due to my prediagnosed anxiety issues, the club has a $XX,XXX buyout” or something.
    Then again, it is the Rangers and it’s not like they’re swimming in money, all Scrooge McDuck like.

  24. JD - Feb 26, 2010 at 2:18 AM

    Poor Khalil. The story is about you but it seems everybody wants to talk about everything else, from politics to women. That’s what you should do. Think about something else and don’t let the job get you down. Find a good shrink to go to. Have him prescribe to you some legal drugs that make you feel better. Go to therapy.

  25. BC - Feb 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM

    I highly recommend Nardil. It’s like hitting Alt-Control-Delete. Pretty much takes everything and pushes it off to the side so you can concentrate on getting yourself right.
    As for Drew… hey, I was just trying to create a distraction. All this political stuff was getting to be too much. I’d go to the Newsweek blog (if they have one) if I wanted to read that.

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