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Martin Perez hasn't lived up to expectations, but here's why the Rangers shouldn't give up on him

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Martin Perez hasn't lived up to expectations, but here's why the Rangers shouldn't give up on him

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Eric Nadel, Texas Rangers radio play-by-play announcer and Ford C. Frick Award winner, answered questions about the team during a live chat recently. Here are some highlights: 

Do you think the Rangers should move on from Martin Perez?

Nadel: Why would they want to move on from Perez ? Who do they have right now that is more deserving of those innings? I agree that he has not yet lived up to expectations, but his stuff is still excellent and he might put it together.

What is going on with Cole Hamels? Do you think the Rangers will be able to salvage a deal with his diminishing trade value?

Nadel: I don't know why he has pitched poorly the last few times, but he has probably hurt his trade value. He should have three starts left before the deadline, maybe even four. Then we will see what he brings, maybe packaged with a reliever. 

Unfortunately, these three bad starts in a row probably killed any chance of the Rangers trading him sooner rather than later (closer to the deadline) as he needs to pitch well again a couple of times, I think.
Was Keone Kela robbed from an All-Star appearance? What're the chances of him still making it?

Nadel: Well, he is certainly more deserving than Joe Jimenez, but the tigers had to have a representative. and if Nick Castellanos had been chosen, Choo would have been squeezed out. Since Choo is 35 and much closer to the end of his career than Kela, I prefer Choo being our representative. The guys who should be really miffed are Blake Snell, leading the league in ERA, and Jed Lowrie, second in RBI for a surprisingly good Oakland team. Bet they both get in as injury replacements. Maybe Kela will too.

What do you think is Isiah Kiner-Falefa's most natural position?

Nadel: I'm beginning to think it's catcher! Even though he's an infielder and looks very good at third base, his ability to block low pitches, frame, and call the game has been astounding. I think he has a great future as a catcher/infielder.

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