This week will be my 250th post on Texas Rangers Trades.
The first post was on December 30th, 2005, and thanks to Jamey Newberg, people knew about my blog. The post was about the trades that the Rangers made during the 2005-2006 offseason (the Rangers had traded for Jon Leicester, Brad Wilkerson, Termel Sledge, Armando Galarraga, Fabio Castro, Vicente Padilla, Adam Eaton, Akinori Otsuka, and Billy Killian to that point in the offseason).
I’ve had a lot of fun writing this blog over the years and want to thank everyone who’s read and supported it.
I would like to thank Eleanor Czajka, Evan Grant, Scott Lucas, Jamey Newberg, Ted Price, Mike Hindman and TR Sullivan for advertising my blog, and for always being so nice to me about it.
I would also like to thank Anthony Andro, Blake Beavan, Will Carroll, Jon Daniels, Thomas Diamond, Scott Feldman, Brennan Garr, Tom Grieve, Josh Hamilton, Derek Holland, Ian Kinsler, Kea Kometani, Josh Lewin, Kameron Loe, Doug Mathis, Travis Metcalf, Jim Miller, Tim Murphy, Eric Nadel, Jamey Newberg, Victor Rojas, Steve Rowe, Buck Showalter, TR Sullivan, Jim Sundberg, Taylor Teagarden, CJ Wilson, Michael Young, and Jeff Zimmerman for doing interviews for my blog.
Some quick notes about the interviews I’ve done:
• Taylor Teagarden was the first face-to-face in-person interview
• Josh Hamilton’s interview took place in the clubhouse
• The Jon Daniels and Buck Showalter interview took place on the stage at the banquet where I was awarded 2005 Rangers Fan of the Year
• Steve Rowe’s interview took place as he walked along the Riverwalk in San Antonio on his birthday
• Kameron Loe’s interview took place as he rode the subway in Oakland on the way to the A’s stadium
• Jim Miller’s interview took place in the visitors’ bullpen at a RoughRiders game while he played for the Drillers, using information from the back of a baseball card
I would like to thank all the Rangers’ players and staff who have been so nice to me, which is almost all of them (except for Milton Bradley), but most notably Blake Beavan, Court Berry-Tripp, Brad the Photographer, Jeremy Cleveland, Jon Daniels, Kurt Daniels, Chris Davis, Thomas Diamond, Gregg Elkin, Scott Feldman, Brennan Garr, Tom Grieve, Josh Hamilton, Jason Hart, Derek Holland, Judy and Cynthia in Customer Service, Ian Kinsler, Kea Kometani, Josh Lewin, Kameron Loe, Thad Levine, Jenny Martin, Doug Mathis, Mickey McGovern, Chuck Morgan, Tim Murphy, Eric Nadel, Eleno Ornelas, Rich Rice, Ron the Usher, Victor Rojas, Steve Rowe, Buck Showalter, Jim Sundberg, Taylor Teagarden, Justin Thompson, CJ Wilson, Michael Young, and Jeff Zimmerman. I’m sure there’s someone I forgot.
Last, I would like to thank the people who have read and commented on my blog over the years. Thanks to Mrs. Lynn, Ken Pittman, Landon and Eleanor Czajka for being frequent commenters.
Also, the Rangers made one trade this week.
The Rangers traded Jailen Peguero to the Houston Astros for cash considerations.
Jailen, who the Rangers acquired last year, was not a big prospect for the Rangers, but with the Astros’ farm system, he’ll probably be a top 10 prospect (the Astros have the worst farm system in the majors). Jailen was 2-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 22 innings with Oklahoma City this year, and is in Double-A Corpus Christi with the Astros’ organization right now.
Grade: C, it really doesn’t matter
Come back next week for the start of the next 250 posts.