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07:30 AM ET 11.01 | Letting Lance Berkman go will still cost Texas. The Rangers began the 2013 free agent season on Thursday by declining their $12 million option on Berkman for 2014. To do so cost the club a $1 million buyout. ... Berkman, who is expected to retire, was one of seven Rangers to officially file for free agency. The others: Outfielders Nelson Cruz and David Murphy, pitchers Matt Garza and Colby Lewis and catchers A.J. Pierzynski and Geovany Soto. The Rangers will make a qualifying offer of $14.1 million to Cruz. ... Still to be determined is the future of closer Joe Nathan. The Rangers must decide by Saturday whether to offer to exercise his $9 million option for 2014. Even if the club does exercise it, Nathan is expected to decline it since he reached a vesting threshold. He is seeking a multi-year deal.

The Dallas Morning News

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November 1, 2013  07:44 AM ET

Now that Nolan is gone I'm not trusting this ownership group. They aren't baseball people.

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November 1, 2013  07:59 AM ET
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Wow. You read my mind. Nolan Ryan was the integrity of the group. I expect the Rangers to regress.

They have already started to regress. Nolan was a lot less hands on this past season and the results were telling. They have already dumped their bench coach and first base coach (who were Nolan guys) but kept their 3rd base coach who always seems to send the wrong guys to the plate with bad results.

November 1, 2013  08:12 AM ET

.....me thinks nolan was a shadow over the org and had served his purpose...its past time to allow jd and wash full conrol.......people like me who understand such things actually regard them very highly.....wash and bogar wil be a much better combo.....

November 1, 2013  08:16 AM ET

People always talk like Berkman is such a nice guy, but I say it's lame if the guy takes his buyout and then retires. Wouldn't the team be off the hook if he just retired first? I guess it's his right to take it, but I still say it's pretty weak if a guy who has made as much as him grabs the money with no intention on his part to actually play next season.

November 1, 2013  08:23 AM ET
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.....me thinks nolan was a shadow over the org and had served his purpose...its past time to allow jd and wash full conrol.......people like me who understand such things actually regard them very highly.....wash and bogar wil be a much better combo.....

speaking of regressing..it didn't take you too long to either. You had one rational comment yesterday for the first time in forever and now you're back to being stupidmoron extraordinaire.

November 1, 2013  08:23 AM ET

Adios Nathan... won't miss ya nor will I miss my stomach in knots every time you stepped on the mound.


Tanner Scheppers - you're up.

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November 1, 2013  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Tanner Scheppers - you're up.

can he????

November 1, 2013  09:14 AM ET

I'm a Nolan Ryan fan but I think he gets way too much credit for the Rangers' success of the past few years. He did lend an air of credibility to a woebegone franchise but it's time to move on. Nolan didn't exactly endear himself to me the way he acted like a spoiled child when his "president's" title was given to Daniels. One could even make the case that his actions hurt the team.
He could still be with the organization as CEO, representing the team in owner's meetings, sitting in his box along the first base line and occasionally throwing out the first pitch in a playoff game. He chose not to. Adios, Nolan.

November 1, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

can he????

Why not?

I would hope this is what they have been gromming the kid for. Nathan was always a stop-gap after Feliz got hurt.

Time to see.

November 1, 2013  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

.....me thinks nolan was a shadow over the org and had served his purpose...its past time to allow jd and wash full conrol.......people like me who understand such things actually regard them very highly.....wash and bogar wil be a much better combo.....

You have a hard time understanding Sesame Street, who you crappin'?

This team is going to fold like a house of cards..............

November 1, 2013  09:38 AM ET
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No worries, they're bringing in Steve Carlton to take his place.The team is presently building a spring training facility deep under the Rocky Mountains and is now transporting the team to a secret location to be instructed about the dangers of Jews and flouridation.

Carlton is going to be in the Rangers' organization?!?!?!?

<Chasin's ears perk up>

November 1, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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One could even make the case that his actions hurt the team.

And one could say that Obamacare was rolled out seamlessly, but both statements would be 100% inaccurate.

November 1, 2013  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I'm a Nolan Ryan fan but I think he gets way too much credit for the Rangers' success of the past few years. He did lend an air of credibility to a woebegone franchise but it's time to move on. Nolan didn't exactly endear himself to me the way he acted like a spoiled child when his "president's" title was given to Daniels. One could even make the case that his actions hurt the team.
He could still be with the organization as CEO, representing the team in owner's meetings, sitting in his box along the first base line and occasionally throwing out the first pitch in a playoff game. He chose not to. Adios, Nolan.

I tend to agree with you, bud. Daniels is the GM. It's time to let him run the show without Ryan's shadow.

November 1, 2013  10:40 AM ET
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You have a hard time understanding Sesame Street, who you crappin'?This team is going to fold like a house of cards..............

...oh youse guys....rangers are the best run franchise in baseball.....phillies...not so much...

November 1, 2013  10:59 AM ET

Chris Carpenter did the same in St. L. He had several million left on this years contract. stayed on DL this year to collect ad will probably retire now. There was very little chance he would pitch this year.

November 1, 2013  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Chris Carpenter did the same in St. L. He had several million left on this years contract. stayed on DL this year to collect ad will probably retire now. There was very little chance he would pitch this year.

No one in St Louis care. Everyone thinks he earned it.

November 1, 2013  11:09 AM ET

*cared

 
November 1, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

No one in St Louis care. Everyone thinks he earned it.

Damn sure did...


<looks at 2011 ALCS T-Shirt and cries>

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