Should Rangers stand pat this week?
December, 4, 2011
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com
That's what FanGraphs and ESPN.com contributor Dayn Perry thinks. He wrote about it today. Here were his thoughts on Texas:
First, take the back-to-back American League champion Rangers. Last season, they barged to 96 wins in the regular season, which is right in line with what could be expected based on their run differential. For 2012, they have under contract or under team control core performers like Adrian Beltre, Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Nelson Cruz, Elvis Andrus, Mike Napoli, and every starting pitcher not named C.J. Wilson.You can read the whole article here (insider).
Given Mitch Moreland's modest upside and wrist problems, there's some talk that the Rangers may pursue Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder this winter. Yet that may be an unwise allocation of resources for Texas. A better option might be a lower-cost hedge like Carlos Pena or Casey Kotchman. That would leave room in the budget to re-sign Wilson, although the conversion of Neftali Feliz to starter means that the rotation has depth with or without their incumbent ace.
On the whole, the Rangers are in a winnable division and have a great deal of talent already locked down. Big contracts -- big contracts that may later prove to be burdensome -- aren't necessary for another run.