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Can’t Blame Jon Daniels for Rough Texas Rangers Season

When Jon Daniels was assembling the 2014 Texas Rangers roster, I don’t think he was expecting the disaster that would unfold.

He wasn’t expecting Prince Fielder to contribute nothing for the months of April and May and then miss the rest of the season. He wasn’t expecting Derek Holland to sustain a weird injury before Spring Training and be out for the first half of the year. He wasn’t expecting Geovany Soto to miss 10 to 12 weeks and I’m sure he wasn’t expecting Jurickson Profar to not even take the field this season. And let’s not forget Martin Perez’s Tommy John surgery and Matt Harrison’s potential career ending back surgery.

With all of that being said, how in the world can anyone blame Jon Daniels for this tough season? But there are a sect of Rangers fans that are still angry over Nolan Ryan’s departure from the franchise, and are placing their blame for this season at JD.

But I just don’t see how that makes sense. NO ONE can be prepared for an injury epidemic like the Rangers are dealing with. Players are missing games because they are getting hurt from sleeping funny. SLEEPING FUNNY. There’s no way to blame a general manager for that.

People act like Daniels did nothing to improve the club this offseason. But he did sign Shin-Soo Choo, who has been the best offensive player the Rangers have. Yes, Fielder has been a bust this season, but at the time that was a brilliant trade. Daniels thought he was getting a guy that could hit 40 home runs and bring power to a lineup that sorely needed it.

This season is obviously a lost cause for Fielder, but it’s very possible that he can come back next season and bring a lot of what he was expected to bring this weekend. But at the time of the trade, it looked like Daniels was filling a need.

Jul 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels takes questions from the media at a press conference after the trade deadline had passed at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels takes questions from the media at a press conference after the trade deadline had passed at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Not only did it look like JD was finally bringing a big time bat to Texas with getting Fielder, he also thought he was opening the door for top prospect Jurickson Profar to become an everyday player by getting rid of Ian Kinsler. That was he beauty of that trade: it was killing two birds with one stone.

Kinsler clearly didn’t want to assume a leadership role and at some point, Rangers had to decide what to do with Profar. But Daniels isn’t a psychic. I don’t think he  thought Profar would end up hurting his shoulder in Spring Training, and that he would be shut down again after hurting his shoulder again while sleeping.

As far as pitching goes, it’s not JD’s fault that Martin Perez went down with Tommy John surgery, and don’t forget that Perez was pitching lights out before that. The same goes for the Matt Harrison injury. His rotation was supposed to be Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Martin Perez, Matt Harrison and Colby Lewis.

On paper, that looks like it could be one of the top rotations in baseball, but it’s hard to recover when he only thing anyone can really point the finger at Daniels for is not being able to re-sign Nelson Cruz after the Baltimore Orioles were able to get him on a one-year deal.

But even with all the chaos, the Rangers are floating around .500 and some how in contention for the second wildcard spot in the American League. Sure it’s been a hard year, but please Rangers fans, don’t blame Jon Daniels. It’s just silly.

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  • Frank

    Daniels is an idiot! The injuries may not be 100% his fault. Fielder should have had medical clearance. That IS daniels fault. The Garza trade IS daniels fault. Free agents he let go, Napoli, Cruz, etc, that IS daniels fault. THe fact Nolan is gone, that IS daniels fault. I will be having a party on the day the IDIOT is gone!

    • TexIrish

      Good post. I wonder if some of these injuries are related to the fact that this team has fallen apart.

      • Frank

        I believe you may be right.

  • holla

    People just don’t see it and I don’t understand why. The Rangers soared to the top with Nolan part of the organization. As soon as he left they nose dived to the bottom. BUT all the talking heads want to say that that is nothing but a coincidence. If Nolan Ryan was still there he’d help steer the ship through the troubled waters they are currently in and they would not be in last. He possibly would have kept them from entering troubled waters to begin with if his suggestions, insights, and opinions were considered by Daniels. Nolan Ryan wasn’t just a face to sell tickets, he brought confidence to the team. He brought insight that could have been utilized, especially right now. When Daniels is wanting to trade for Fielder, Nolan Ryan perhaps goes against the grain and suggests going after an elite pitcher…..Maybe not, but I do believe Nolan Ryan offered different ideas and perspectives that Daniel’s didn’t and those different ideas and perspectives could have made for a good management team, but Daniel’s thought he knew it all and didn’t need someone else’s opinion that differed from his. So Nolan Ryan took his wisdom, experience, confidence and know how to the Astros. Soon they will be on top for utilizing those things. Good job Astros.