Richard Justice of MLB.com might be baseball’s newest prophet. When asked about the the state of the Texas Rangers during last week’s general manager meetings, he surveyed the situation like a soothsayer.
“I think Nolan Ryan leaving really put the pressure on Jon Daniels to make a dramatic move,” Justice said. “He’s the only GM that I heard last week at the meeting saying, ‘Our needs can’t be filled internally. We have to go outside and make a move.’”
And boy, was Wednesday night ripe for drama. The blockbuster trade of Ian Kinsler felt like a shot across the bow. Daniels and the Rangers sent Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for first baseman Prince Fielder.
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