Rangers hire Ivan Rodriguez for “ambassador” job

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One year after retiring as a player Ivan Rodriguez has another gig in baseball, as the Rangers announced today that he’ll rejoin the organization as a special assistant to the general manager, instructor, and ambassador.

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram reports that Rodriguez’s first duties will involve going to spring training next weekend, presumably to do some coaching.

“We went to a tryout game and he wanted so badly to instruct that we almost literally had to hold him back,” general manager Jon Daniels said in describing Rodriguez’s passion for the new role.

White Sox trying to trade Avasail Garcia

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A wise man once said that a wise mad said that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. The White Sox are not prepared to miss their shot: Mark Feinsand of MLB.com says they are “actively trying” to trade Avisail Garcia.

Which seems like a super difficult shot given that (a) Garcia had knee and hamstring injuries this past season; (b) hit just .236/.281/.438 when he did play; and (c) is arbitration eligible and stands to make more than the $6.7 million salary he made in 2018. You put those things together and you have a guy that the Sox are almost 100% going to non-tender rather than take to arbitration, thereby making him freely and cheaply available to anyone who wants him as long as they can wait until November 30, which is the tender/non-tender deadline.

Garcia, who somehow is still just 27 years-old, is one year removed from what many considered a breakout year, in which he hit .330/.380/.506 in 136 games, but I don’t think anyone is going to bite at him in a trade. Assuming he’s in decent shape and recovered from injuries, however, he could be a useful player in 2019.