If you’re like me, you probably spent most of the past week scouring the Twitters to find out what sort of moves the Rangers were going to make. Rumors were all over the place. At first, we were definitely getting Cliff Lee. Then not. Then it was Josh Beckett. Then it wasn’t. Then Cliff Lee. Then Broxton.
And then late Monday night, we were all confused when Daniels and Co. traded for Geovany Soto, a backup catcher with worse offensive numbers than Yorvit. Yeah, his defensive is certainly an upgrade and he’s signed through the 2013 season, so it sort of makes sense but really wasn’t addressing ANY of the issues the Rangers are CURRENTLY having.
It seemed that this was all the Rangers were going to do. Stand pat that they weren’t going to trade away Olt or Profar (thank goodness) unless it was a crazy good offer. And in the final minutes, it seemed like that’s how things were going to end. Fans were putting up the “Hey, if everyone plays like they’re supposed to, we’ll be fine!” tweets. But let’s be honest, we were all a little disappointed. We’ve been spoiled the last 2 years with a lot of big moves at the trade deadline that have certainly rewarded the team.
Then Buster Olney dropped a bomb. The Rangers and Cubs had reached ANOTHER deal and the Rangers were getting Ryan Dempster. You know the Dempster that threw a hissy fit a few days ago saying that he was blindsided by being traded to the Braves (which eventually fell through). He was also linked to the Yankees and Dodgers over the final days. Nope. Rangers it is. As a Cardinals fan, I definitely cringe at the thought of having to cheer for Dempster after spending the last 8 years cheering against him, but I have to say…
I like the trade.
Over his career, he posted a 4.31 ERA. What’s more impressive is the 2.25 ERA he’s had in the 2012 season. The other intriguing aspect to Dempster is that he has had experience in the bullpen as the Cubs closer from 2005-2007. Yeah, I don’t really think the Rangers are thinking he’ll be in the bullpen, but if and when the Rangers are in the playoffs, that’s definitely a plus.
The Rangers sent pitching prospect Kyle Hendricks and 3B prospect Christian Villanueva to the Northsiders. With Villanueva being blocked by both Mike Olt and Joey Gallo, it was a pretty good swap for both teams.
Ryan Dempster isn’t a savior, but I don’t think anyone is expecting him to be. He just needs to be better than Oswalt (which shouldn’t be hard) and eat up some innings. We all know that in order for this team to win, the underperforming offense needs to pick things up. A LOT. And maybe a few new faces in the clubhouse can help pick up moral. Surely, Soto and Dempster are happy to away from Wrigley, right?