THE NEWBERG REPORT — NOVEMBER 13, 2007
It’s generally not my thing to spotlight stories like this that aren’t really news, but according to a story that T.R. Sullivan has up on MLB.com, the Rangers have expressed interest in bringing free agent lefthander Kenny Rogers back to Texas, for a fourth stint.
Said GM Jon Daniels: “We’d be open to it under the right circumstances. Obviously, finances would be a part of it. But I’d only want it to be a positive homecoming.”
I’m obviously on record as having a love-hate relationship as a Rogers fan since 2005, but there’s one thing that cannot be disputed: There’s never – never – been a pitcher who better understood how to pitch in Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
If he returns and his head is right (not a given), he could be a huge benefit to this club, not only on days he pitches but also as a mentor to the young pitchers who have arrived and are on the way.
And think about JD’s final comment: “I’d only want it to be a positive homecoming.” If Rogers signed a contract to pitch here, by definition there would be nothing negative about his return from his own standpoint, either in business terms or personally. Otherwise he wouldn’t sign the deal.
The positive Daniels must be talking about is from the organization’s perspective, that is, a clear understanding that Rogers would be returning with some degree of contrition, a gesture to management and teammates and the local press and the fans that he isn’t proud of his past behavior and is ready to put that behind him and everyone else.
No way? Then no deal.
That appears to be what Daniels is saying.