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Sick burn: Rangers GM Jon Daniels assesses the Angels

Dec 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

It kinda hurts to be a Rangers fan right now, not only seeing Josh Hamilton go, but going to the division rivals no less. But having Jon Daniels as your GM helps things, especially when he says stuff like this:


And if the Angels don’t make the playoffs again in 2013 they’ll go get Robinson Cano and then we’ll do this all over again.

  1. anotheryx - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    This doesn’t even qualifies as burn… I’m sure fans of 20+ teams rather have a great team on paper than a crappy one.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:08 PM

      well, considering the cost of my cable bill, I hope the Angels are better than they were last year!

      • dcfan4life - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        Lets see, Trout 3rd, Hamilton 4th, Pujols 5th. Best 3-4-5 hitters in baseball?

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

        Trout hit leadoff last year. I think he may be the leadoff hitter again. He did a great job of it last year. I don’t know though. If I were Sciosca, I would personally put the top 5 like this:


        No matter how he does it, it has potential.

      • dcfan4life - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:25 PM

        I thought Trouts offensive output had the Angels looking at him in the middle of the order, guess i was wrong. Doesnt matter where he is he will do really well regardless.

      • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:29 PM

        He certainly fits the mold of a middle of the lineup hitter, but he also fits the mold of a leadoff hitter too. Like you said, I think he can succeed at either. I do think he’ll stick at leadoff, at least for another year.

  2. ChoneZone - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    He should have added, “Josh will be a much-needed asset for them, as a player who has some recent playoff experience.”

    • stex52 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      This ^

    • Francisco (FC) - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM

      Exactly! I mean it’s not like last off-season they signed any high priced free-agents who had gone to the playoffs that year, oh wait…

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      I gave you a thumbsdown, but only because I’m butthurt about how true this comment is.

  3. JB (the original) - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    I’m waiting for the first redrawn Angels cap where the A looks suspiciously like an upside down “Y”

  4. proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    All along, we read that The Rangers would sign Hamilton, if they could not sign Greinke. Nobody guessed that the Angels were using the same playbook.

    • rangermania - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      The Rangers would sign Hamilton for 2 years maybe at upwards of 20 mill but Josh didn’t go back to them because he knew the answer. 2 years is a long time with Josh – he had 2 events this year alone that took him out of the game. His final games were pathetic. His overall stats were average. He isn’t worth 25 mil a year but maybe to the Angels he is.

      • davemac32001 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:11 AM

        Average? Did you just say, “His overall stats were average”… really? Slash stats .285/.354/.577 with 43 homers and 128 rbi. OPS+ of 139. Average? Yeah, gimme some of that!

  5. number42is1 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    the ONLY logical response from the Angels is….

  6. schlom - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    It might mean more if the Rangers didn’t blow a 4 game lead with 6 to play and lose 8 of their last 10 games.

  7. thatyankeedude - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    Nobody’s touching Robbie!!!

    • proudlycanadian - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM

      Remember “No home team discount”; besides, the Jays like second basemen named Robbie. (just deaming out loud)

  8. ok9275 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    And the Rangers now look worse on paper.

    • temporarilyexiled - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:31 AM

      Good one. Maybe the opposing GMs should chew up said paper and have a spitball fight.

  9. hop1hop2it - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Hey Jon….he who hesitates is lost…..looks like we’re again going to be battling for 3rd in the division……again!!!

    • wpjohnson - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      Absolutely true. Daniels dropped the ball again.

  10. losanginsight - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Cano will fit in perfectly. now if the oc angels can swing a trade for Arod

  11. smcgaels1997 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Lets not forget who played a major factor of the Rangers blowing that lead…none other than MrAngel Josh Hamilton..the A’s can’t wait to hit more fly balls to him with the season on the line

  12. joecool16280 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    If they don’t win the WS within 3 years it’s gonna be real ugly as far as team payroll goes. With all that committed money going to guys who will be breaking down (Pujols & Hamilton) I find it difficult to see where they get the money to pay Trout long term. They should have given that money to Greinke because they would be a heck of a lot more dangerous with the Wearver/Greinke combo rather than what they just did.

    Pitching goes farther…just look at the Giants.

    • rangermania - Dec 13, 2012 at 8:02 PM

      I truly appreciate every move the Angels have made the last 2 years!

  13. approvenothing - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    People can press the panic button all they want, but with a farm system that includes Perez, Olt, and Profar. Who cares if we come in second or third in the division, were set for year to come with out farm system.

  14. xmatt0926x - Dec 13, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Poor Jon Daniels is upset that Hamilton signed and didn’t give them a chance to match. Give me a break. You put a guys major life decision on hold for weeks while you try and trade for Upton, which in turn would have meant you send Josh Hamilton packing. That falls through and all of a sudden Hamilton is supposed to check in with you now before he makes his decision? Deal with it Daniels, you jagoff. Not an Angels fan. It’s just funny how how Daniels is so “disappointed” in how it was handled yet he had no problem making it obvious that they only wanted Hamilton if they couldn’t get Upton yet Hamilton has to show some form of loyalty to them.

    • coloradogolfcoupons - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Daniels is just posturing for the fans to eliminate backlash. They had a front row seat to watch this guy decline right before their eyes for 4 months. They didn’t WANT him back, period, or they would have signed him. His pathetic act wore thin, and when his talent turned to crap…look at June and July, and then add in his ‘quit factor, taking himself out of the lineup during the stretch run…you will see why they don’t want to sign a pathetic head case who is closer to Vernon Wells than Mike Trout.

  15. rangermania - Dec 13, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Mr. Strikeout with runners in scoring position Hamilton was an integral part of those late season losses. There are much better hitters out there at a fraction of his price.
    He’s not worth half what he got from the Angels which is what he got in 2012 and didn’t hardly ever deliver in the clutch. Besides the Rangers have a strong team without him.

    • davemac32001 - Dec 14, 2012 at 1:13 AM

      “There are much better hitters out there at a fraction of his price.”

      Name two…

  16. tfbuckfutter - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Please never post a picture of Ashton Kutcher again.

    There is no reason for it.

    Even TV blogs don’t post his dumb ass face on their blogs….and he actually works in TV….I think….is that stupid show even still on?

  17. temporarilyexiled - Dec 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM

    Jon, Jon, Jon, you should be happy. It’s not like you really WANTED to be the Buffalo Bills, right?

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