This is a week old, but we just found it while scouring for something else.
We have heard previously that new Rangers’ president Nolan Ryan may have his sights on Gerry Hunsicker to be the Rangers’ GM. But this is the first time we heard anything about Hunsicker’s intentions.
In one of his weekly videos, Ken Rosenthal reports that Ryan may fire the Rangers’ current GM, Jon Daniels following the season. If that happens, Hunsicker would be one of two choices to replace Daniels. Rosenthal adds that people close to Hunsicker say he “is itching to get back to a General Manager’s position.”
Hunsicker and Ryan know each from when both were involved with the Astros organization. Hunsicker was the Astros‘ GM for 10 seasons until 2004 and Ryan owned the Astros‘ triple-A affiliate.
While it is Andrew Friedman that receives most of credit associated with changes to the Rays’ roster, losing Hunsicker is something that cannot be taken lightly. There is a reason we always refer to “Friedman and Co.” 90% of the “Co.” is Hunsicker. Both bring a different perspective to the meetings and the personnel decisions. To say Friedman is a the “numbers guy” and Hunsicker is the “baseball guy” would be oversimplifying things, but it does give a sense of what each contributes, and the results indicate that the two compliment each other very well.
We showed recently that the Rays’ current success has been built through shrewd trades and free agent signings. Two people are more responsible than any others, Friedman and Hunsicker. The Rays may be on the verge of losing one of those minds, and the Rays will be weaker because of it.