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The Rangers “pushing hardest” for Carlos Beltran

Jul 26, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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Because they’re clearly in need of offense, the Rangers are thought to be “pushing hardest” for Carlos Beltran.  Or so says Joel Sherman.

Why not. Look, at this point we’re clearly in the “no one knows anything so we’re all just waiting for something to happen” stage of the proceedings anyway.  Which is kind of a bummer, because it doesn’t lend itself to the kind of wacko stuff that you see during free agent season in the winter.  Remember last December when guys were passing along rumors about private planes taking off and landing between Arkansas and Dallas and stuff?  Man, those were good times.

I’m not sure why the Rangers really feel they need Beltran given that their offense is healthy and it appears like they’re taking control of the division, but I suppose you can never have too many runs.

  1. halladaysbiceps - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Here’s my take on these rumors. I have seen them for years and they have become a joke. Midget Ken Rosenthal and his fellow cronies, Busta Olney and the other ESPN clown squad are fed disinformation by “sources” in baseball circles, which are made up by the Xerox copy boys in these organizations. Until a trade happens, you cannot say that this team or that team is in the lead. It’s absurd and laughable.

    Midget Rosenthal and Busta Olney have never, ever been right with any of their trade predictions. Never.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM

      I really thought Bicepts had turned a corner. I don’t see what his name-calling is adding to the discussion.

  2. Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    The Rangers are probably worried that at the rate their cracker governor is signing death warrants, he’ll start eating into their outfield soon.

    • spudchukar - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:01 AM

      They do play Toronto to end the month, and base on balls to could be construed as Jay walking, thus punishable in Tejas by death, unless Jesus swoops into the jury’s heart, and they deliver a Christian verdict of life.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM

        Hey Spud – how’d we get out here in the bleachers among all these here cracker dumbshit TPN fans?

    • demo3356 - Jul 26, 2011 at 12:37 PM

      yes, yes, by all means, lets keep pushing our political agenda on a sports blog..That never gets old…

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 4:01 PM

        That’s right, because politics never gets old. Anyway, what was my “agenda”? We’re just trafficking in facts here. The “good Christian” governor of Texas is in the process of setting the alltime record for death warrants, just behind the North Koreans, Communist Chinese and the Taliban.

        But he’s clearly in this for the duration, so he might get to pass at least one of those august beacons of humane democratic ideals before his term is out.

    • philiplewis1 - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      That may be the dumbest comment ever.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:56 PM

        Clearly, you haven’t been on this blog very long if you think so. But if that’s true, just stick around. You ain’t seen nothing yet.

      • demo3356 - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:28 AM

        I dont know Phillip..As dumb as it was it may nit even be top 3 dumbest things old Gator has queefed out his pie hole…Guy lives his life to spew political crap out on a sports blog..Kind of sad actually…

      • Old Gator - Jul 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM

        There’s that word “spew” again. TPNers can’t seem to build a sentence without it. Ah well. But as a matter o’ fack I live to construct subtle allusions to old movies. The political stuff is just a bonus for all you apoplectics out there who seem to think that sports exist in some kind of cultural immunodeficiency bubble.

    • youreyesareweird - Jul 26, 2011 at 2:07 PM

      that word is a derogatory and racist remark towards whites. You’re an ignorant racist.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 3:57 PM

        Always capitalize the first word of a sentence when lecturing about ignorance.

      • youreyesareweird - Jul 26, 2011 at 4:06 PM

        touche…What about the racist part, you’re just fine with that label? Didn’t see you try and deflect the truth for that one.

      • Old Gator - Jul 26, 2011 at 5:55 PM

        Too funny and silly to merit a riposte, but since you bring it up, “cracker” is an ossified, simplistic, mystification-riddled state of mind, not a function of eugenics or pigmentation. I checked the dictionary and didn’t see any references to epidermal melanin concentrations, yea or neiggggghhhhhh. Crackers come in all ethnic variants and colors. You want to import a chip for your shoulder, go right ahead. We got an unlimited supply of trees.

    • kpmueller - Jul 27, 2011 at 3:13 PM

      Oh silly Old Gator and Spud. 1.) Gator, you and Lady Gaga should probably date because only you and her really believe we shouldn’t kill murders and rapist because they were ‘born this way-hay’. You don’t think that cold blood killers deserve death penalty, maybe you feel the same way about Hitler. Hope you’re not an American. 2.) Rangers are better than your team 3.) The Texas economy rocks compared with the country. Spud your mad at your dad not at the Ranger fans

  3. purnellmeagrejr - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    THe Rangers had too many runs last night – and too many hits, too.

  4. sprest83 - Jul 26, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    His bat isn’t the selling point. I would think it is his defense/speed more than anything. He isn’t a very consistent hitter.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    I just read that the Phillies are willing to hit the luxury tax threshold. From the mouth of Dave Montgomery which makes it real, not just one of those rumors we hear around this time. Look out.

    • Utley's Hair - Jul 26, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      I think my head is about to explode…

      • Jonny 5 - Jul 26, 2011 at 12:04 PM

        Good explode? Bad explode?

      • Utley's Hair - Jul 26, 2011 at 12:10 PM

        Both, actually. The potential pickups just jumped through the roof. But my head is screaming anyway—I think I need coffee…or Percocet.

  6. yournuts - Jul 26, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    81,64, 97 these are the number of games Beltran appeared in in 2009, 2010, and 2011! You notice that I said appeared in and not played in! He is finally healthy now, but he is 34 years old and declining rapidly that is also why the Mets want something in return, not only salary reduction. He has been on the DL numerous times. He is a lifetime .282 hitter who has not hit his average in 8 of the last 10 years and when he did it was in 2009 in 81 games. Clearly a slugger with fading numbers and one accident away from retiring from baseball. He is clearly meant for the Giants who have no offense and can take a chance on Beltran because they take chances on projects like Pat Burroughs. Maybe he will succeed in San Francisco but he will take playing time away from Torres who is doing great in the leadoff roll and a major part of an offense that is just plain terrible. Will the Giants throw in a GOOD prospect or a pitcher other than Zito, who nobody wants?

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