Monday newsletter time: Ohtani or spread the wealth? Rangers fans chime in
(AP photo/Sam Hodde)
A good response was offered Sunday morning on Twitter after the weekly Sunday Read was posted.
It was a three-part question, actually, but the first one stood out:
Which percentage of Rangers fans want them to sign Shohei Ohtani?
The question assumes that fans understand the potential financial ramifications and risks that will come with adding the two-way star and reigning American League MVP.
What % of Rangers fans want him & what % just trusts CY & what % would rather see 2 or 3 studs signed w Hader in the bull pen? * signing Montgomery puts a stud in the bull pen also *
— frugaltubby (@frugaltubby) November 26, 2023
That, led to the first-ever Rangers Today poll question:
— Jeff Wilson (@JeffWilsonTXR) November 26, 2023
General manager Chris Young might have carte blanche after guiding the Rangers to the World Series. The plan is to keep the Rangers’ competitive window open indefinitely, and Ohtani would help with that. So would two or three notable free agents (or trade acquisitions).
The Dodgers are the perceived favorites for Ohtani, but it’s been reported that he was impressed with the Rangers when they courted him in 2017. He wasn’t impressed enough to sign with them, but they are more attractive now with the World Series title, the ballpark where he hits well and with the money ownership has been willing to spend.
As Max Scherzer advised, winning is better than money, and Scherzer makes more money than anyone in the game.
Cyber Monday deal
Rangers Today is still offering its Black Friday deal, 20 percent off an annual subscription (only $48!). For Cyber Monday, though, we’ve sweetened the pot:
An annual subscription for $48 and a copy of At Long Last for $5. This deal is limited to the first 20 new subscribers. If you want, I’ll even sign your copy of one of Amazon’s bestselling new baseball books.
If you already have the book, you can turn around and send it to someone for Christmas. Shoot, you can even give the membership and the book for Christmas.
Pretty sweet deal.
If you want only the book, the National Baseball Hall of Fame has it available for 30 percent off on Cyber Monday.
Some of you received a test email Sunday as part of a checkup for the Rangers Today website and its email lists. Thanks to those who responded.
More intensive work on the email lists is coming as we attempt to clean up the bounce issues and streamline the process. That is likely to happen before the end of the year. Now that we’re not chasing both kids around to various games on the weekends, I have a little more time to focus on improving the user experience.
In the meantime, the podcast will fire up another episode this week as a preview of the winter meetings. Hopefully there is news to report before then, but John Moore and I will dive in regardless. We have a couple possibilities to be the guest, so we’ll see what happens there.
Me, hopefully, after getting the initial sales data for At Long Last (order it here, too). Enjoy.
— out of context dogs (@contextdogs) November 25, 2023
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