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July 25, 2013

Garza is just what the doctor ordered

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But the burning question is did the Rangers pay too high of a price for the best starting pitcher on the trade market?

Olt and Grimm have both shown a lot of promise in their young careers. Just last year, Olt was on the short list of prospects the Rangers would not part with under any circumstances, along with Perez and the incomparable Jurickson Profar. Grimm also impressed in his first MLB action last year. I was as enchanted with him as anyone after I watched his big league debut against the Houston Astros, when he allowed six hits and three earned runs in six innings en route to a win.

As impressive as they have been in the past though, both of these former Rangers saw their stock drop significantly this year. Olt has continued to play great defensively in the minors, but his hitting has dipped quite a bit as he has struggled with vision issues among other things. And Grimm has seen his share of struggles as a starting pitcher this year, particularly in the month of July when he has yet to last more than four innings in a game.

Baseball is a funny game and Grimm and Olt can still have long, successful careers outside of Texas (see Chris Davis), but for the moment it feels almost like a steal to get a quality pitcher like Garza for two players who have been trending down.

It remains to be seen whether or not Texas will be able to sign the newest Ranger to a long term deal at the end of the year, so for now he has to be considered a half-season rental. That means, assuming he can stay healthy, he will give the Rangers roughly 13 starts.

But 13 starts is still worth the price they paid.

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  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season

    By CLINT FOSTER

    Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.

    I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.

    Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.

    The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.

    I can think of at least 10.

    So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Hope Patterson -Catcher.JPG Lady Rams' Patterson named all-state honorable mention catcher

    Mineral Wells Lady Rams catcher Hope Patterson is an honorable mention Class 3A all-state catcher, as selected by the Texas Sports Writers Association.

    June 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • FWIW logo.jpg FWIW: Don't panic over the Texas Rangers' rotation

    The British government's World War II era phrase, "Keep calm and carry on," has grown somewhat cliche after it's recent re-popularization and superfluous parodies. But, for what it's worth, there may not be a better motto for Texas Rangers fans to utter to themselves as we enter the unknown landscape that is the 2014 Rangers' season.

    March 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Follow tonight's Ram football game To keep track of tonight's Ram varsity football game against the Kemedale Wildcats in two ways. Follow Index reporter Clint Foster on Twitter @mwindex. He will live tweet from the sidelines. Or, tune in to Index Sports Editor Tony Eierdam calling the plays on radio station 88.5 The Ram. Kick off is at 7:30 p.m. at Kennedale High School.

    November 8, 2013

  • Vince Young AP.jpg Top 10 all-time quarterbacks in Texas college football

    At long last, college football season is on the horizon! It's so close you can almost feel the sights and sounds, the unmatched excitement and the buzzing atmosphere at your favorite school's home games. Nothing can match the thrill or the heartbreak that comes with the success or misfortune of college football. What a wonderful time of year!

    July 29, 2013 2 Photos

  • Garza is just what the doctor ordered

    The Texas Rangers were desperately in need of a boost. Sitting three games behind the Oakland A's in the American League West and with a laundry list of injuries as long as the Brazos River, General Manager Jon Daniels had to find a piece that could provide some depth for the pitching rotation and keep this team in contention.

    July 25, 2013

  • Cole Abbott.jpg Abbott, Cherry shine at all-star game

    If there were any questions as to whether Strawn’s Cole Abbott and Gordon’s Michael Cherry were among the best six-man football athletes on the planet, all doubts were erased Saturday in front of a large crowd at the inaugural Brazos Bowl All-Star Game. And they were erased easily.

    July 2, 2013 2 Photos

  • Little League Sign-ups

    The 2013 Mineral Wells Little League Baseball/Softball spring season registration is just around the corner. It's for girls and boys ages 4-14.

    January 18, 2013

  • Ram Stadium Rules.jpg New stadium rules going into effect

    Friday night the Mineral Wells Rams will scrimmage Azle at Ram Stadium before opening the season Aug. 31 at Graham.

    August 23, 2012 1 Photo

  • 5-18 Mineral Wells United LGC Champs.jpg Soccer Champs

    Mineral Wells United won the U14 Girls Recreational Championship at the Lake Granbury Spring Classic on May 14-15.

    May 18, 2011 1 Photo

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