But it is always an opportunity in the mediation process. Rangers assistant general director Shiraz Rehman and front-office aides Ben Baroody and Mike Parnell are running point on the task of avoiding a hearing.
“[Avoid a hearing] is always the goal,” Daniels explained. “We’ve had conversations. All things being equal, you’d go for a negotiated settlement.”
Friday is just a deadline only when clubs make it one. That is the day clubs exchange arbitration figures by their own players, and also the real hearings will be scheduled in February.
Trainers have the privilege to continue negotiations with players along with their agents up to a hearing. However, there’s an increasing opinion in Baseball for clubs to adopt a file-and-trial doctrine. Which means if a club is unable to reach agreement with the player before exchanging arbitration figures, it will cease talks and simply take matters to a hearing.
Daniels explained the Rangers do not follow that doctrine, except in some specific instances. Even though Texas has averted a hearing since 2000,” Daniels said the Rangers were close to going with Mike Napoli at’12 along with Mitch Moreland at’1-5.
“Both times we were on the plane and had our own cases all set to go,” Daniels explained.
Daniels, on Thursday, also addressed other topics in regards to the Rangers.
Gallo to be in outfield
Daniels reported the Rangers are thinking about Joey Gallo playing the outfield this season, even though the exact position has yet to be defined. Daniels explained the Rangers do not view Gallo initially this season and third party base has been eliminated.
Gallo, so far because the outfield, has been used chiefly in left field, however his tremendous arm might be better suitable for right. In addition, he has the athletic ability to engage in centre if DeShields could be the major offender.
Guzman leading runner for first-base gig
Ronald Guzman isn’t a lock to become in the Rangers’ Opening Day lineup, however first base is his job to eliminate. Guzman played 123 games for Texas this past season and hit .235 with 16 home runs and 58 RBIs. He’d a .306 OnBase percentage and a .416 slugging percent.
“He has the very best chance of being first base, but he has to keep to get it,” Daniels explained. “He did a great job this past year and has already established a fantastic off season, but that’s just the nature of the match .”
Rangers will continue to build nurturing team
Texas is closer to being set at the start rotation than it is in the bullpen. The Rangers have three starting pitchers this offseason at Drew Smyly, Lance Lynn along with Shelby Miller to go with Mike Minor along with Edinson Volquez.
The Rangers are not concerned that Smyly, Miller and Volquez didn’t pitch last season while recovering from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. There’s still a month to go before Spring Training and a high number of veterans still available on the free agent market.
It would have been a significant surprise if the Rangers do not continue to add start nurturing, however, the mood isn’t too savage after enrolling Miller.
“If everything goes well, we have five guys with Leading League track records,” Daniels explained. “Three failed to pitch this past year, however they are in great areas. They’re ready to roll. We just want to ensure we are covered. We can add a guy on a guaranteed deal or guys on a security [Minor League] deal.”