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Thursday newsletter time: Rangers, Garcia headed to hearing

(AP photo/LM Otero)

 

Well, it’s been a good run.

The Rangers’ streak of not going to an arbitration hearing is on the verge of ending, with the club and right fielder Adolis Garcia scheduled to air out their cases today.

Adolis Garcia wants a $6.9 million salary this season. The Rangers want to pay him $5 million. Three arbiters will make the decision after the Rangers get through telling Garcia why he isn’t worth $6.9 million.

Sounds like fun.

The Rangers last went to a hearing in 2000, when they beat first baseman Lee Stevens. They traded him three weeks into the season. Out of the country.

Garcia said on Jan. 26 that he will show up to spring training ready to be the same player he’s been since 2021 — pretty good. He’s been an All-Star twice and a the MVP of the American League Championship Series.

Forecasting these things isn’t easy. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. beat the Blue Jays on Wednesday and will make $19.9 million in 2024. The Blue Jays wanted to pay him $18.05 million.

But last year the Astros beat right fielder Kyle Tucker, who wanted $7.5 million but got only $5 million in arbitration.

There is, of course, a chance the sides met late into the night and reached an agreement.

Or … well, it was a good run.

Bubba again

Bubba Thompson is back on the waiver wire.

He was designated for assignment by the Twins, who claimed him from the Yankees, who claimed him from the Reds, who claimed him from the Royals.

The former Rangers outfielder had company as one of three DFA’d by the Twins. One was right-hander Daniel Duarte, who was designated by assignment last week by the Rangers.

Thompson is going to stick somewhere. He has elite speed and is a very good defensive player. He’s a good player to have on the bench.

I hope he’s been able to cancel, without a fee, all those reservations he’s had to book for spring lodging.

Bauer on the cheap

Free-agent right-hander Trevor Bauer wants to play in the major leagues so badly that he has offered to play for the league minimum.

He made his pronouncement on Twitter, calling himself a cheap option for a team that doesn’t want to pay Blake Snell. Bauer didn’t say Jordan Montgomery, but he didn’t need to say it.

He also didn’t mention the Rangers, though it seems like they could use a former Cy Young winner on a cheap one-year contract.

If the Rangers and Bauer was going to happen, it would have already happened. Right?

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In his defense, it does look fun. Enjoy.

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Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. deGrom Texas Ranger February 8, 2024

    Any competent executive who wants to win games would sign Bauer for the league minimum wage. He is worth at least 10-15 million. I would be infuriated if the Astros signed him over the Rangers. I also wish Texas could settle with Adolis beforehand to avoid the risk he gets a biased adjudicator who selects his salary.

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