Gerry Fraley, Rangers beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team in a live chat recently. Check out the highlights:
Most disappointing Rangers thus far?
Fraley: Rougned Odor, for starting at 7 for 42 with 15 strikeouts before going on the IL. He looked nothing like the player who performed so well during spring training.
Other than Mike Minor, what Rangers could be on the trade block?
Fraley: Drew Smyly and Shelby Miller, if they get it going. Chris Martin, who can become a free agent after the season. Delino DeShields, if a team needs a center fielder. Don’t see them looking to move Lynn.
What are your biggest takeaways from the Rangers’ 10-7 start?
Fraley: Lots of offense: second in AL with 5.53 runs per game.
Better defense, although the outfield could improve. They do not play defense at the level of Houston and Tampa Bay, but they are not giving away outs and runs.
The response to rookie manager Chris Woodward. He won the club over during the spring training. The players trust Woodward and his staff.
What should be the Rangers’ asking price for any Mike Minor suitors?
Fraley: Better than they received for Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels.
The players obtained in the Darvish deal — OF Willie Calhoun, RHP A.J. Alexy and 3B Brendon Davis — could all still do something, but the clock is ticking.
The Hamels deal is already looking like a wash. RHP Eddie Butler, who was unimpressive last year, moved on to Korea. The Rangers traded away RHP Rollie Lacy. That leaves the Rangers with Alexander Ovalles, an 18-year-old first baseman-outfielder who has not played above the Dominican Summer League level.