Tuesday newsletter time: Non-roster invitee who could make Rangers’ roster
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The Rangers signed a left-hander Monday. Two of them, actually.
Neither is named Jordan Montgomery, but baseball fans have heard of both. One of them has a solid chance of making the Opening Day roster.
That would be Danny Duffy, who spent last season with the Rangers rehabbing from a lingering injury. He said throughout that season that he felt better than he had in multiple seasons. He threw live batting practice to Rangers hitters during the postseason.
General manager Chris Young, a former Duffy teammate, and special assistant Dayton Moore, their boss with the Royals, love the guy.
The other lefty is Chasen Shreve, who was with pitching coach Mike Maddux in 2018 in St. Louis. Shreve has pitched in the majors in every season since 2014 and has been serviceable against left-handed hitters and righty hitters.
What separates him from Duffy is that Duffy is a former starter, a good one, and would be able to handle multi-inning stints. The Rangers have a need for that. Shoot, they have a need for a starter if Duffy is up for it.
The Rangers also signed catcher Jose Godoy to a minor-league deal. He’ll be in big-league camp with Duffy and Shreve. Godoy has only 57 career at-bats and didn’t play in the majors last season, so he’s a depth piece at this point.
Duffy feels like an Opening Day bullpen piece.
Local kid scores big
The big baseball news Monday was the 11-year, $288.88 million extension Bobby Witt Jr. received from the Royals. If the Royals pick up the three option years, the deal would be worth $377 million.
Witt, who is only 23, is the son of former Rangers pitcher Bobby Witt Sr. and went to Colleyville Heritage High School about 20 minutes from Globe Life Field. Junior was the second overall pick of the 2019 draft, one spot behind Adley Rutschman and six spots ahead of Josh Jung.
Corbin Carroll went 16th overall in a loaded first round.
It was a memorable day. A bunch of us local types were in the Witts’ living room watching the draft live with them. He received a phone call after Rutschman went to the Orioles, quietly confirmed to his sisters he was about to be selected, and then they erupted after the Royals announced the pick.
We quickly talked to him and his dad, and then I scooted to Globe Life Park for the Rangers’ pick. The pizza provided at the ballpark was very good.
The Royals share the Surprise Recreation Campus with the Rangers, so Witt will be around. He played in a minor-league game on the Rangers’ side late last spring, taking Martin Perez deep.
He hit 30 more and stole 49 bases in the regular season.
On Monday, he secured his future.
If the A’s are going to move to Las Vegas, it’s not going to be easy.
A political action committee tied to a Nevada education union has sued the governor and the state in an attempt to overturn the law that approved $380 million in public funding for the construction of a new ballpark, claiming the law violates the state constitution.
Even if the lawsuit were to be successful, and it takes only one activist judge, the A’s are still likely to move from Oakland to a proposed ballpark on the site of the Tropicana casino. The A’s are not named in the lawsuit, so that’s one less headache for them as they attempt to relocate.
They still need to find a temporary home for 2025, 2026 and 2027. Their on-field product isn’t very good.
The A’s are about as popular in Oakland as a turd in a punch bowl, and the lawsuit is another example of them not being fully embraced by Las Vegas.
But, hey, at least they aren’t named in the lawsuit.
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