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Olney puts Rangers bullpen in top-10

12/27/2011

ESPN.com's Buster Olney continues his rankings heading into 2012 today and looks at the bullpens. He lists the Rangers as tied for tenth. Here's what he says:

10a. Texas Rangers

They've got a lot of great pieces and this could be a special group, depending on how a few things shake out:

A. Can Joe Nathan get back to being a frontline closer, as he takes over for Neftali Feliz?

B. Can Koji Uehara bounce back, after pitching terribly for the Rangers following a midseason trade?

C. Will the Rangers add another bullpen piece -- perhaps Alexi Ogando, if Texas chooses to shift him back to a relief role, or Andrew Bailey, who has been the subject of Rangers-Athletics trade talks?

The others ahead of Texas:

1. Atlanta Braves

2. New York Yankees

3. San Francisco Giants

4. Cleveland Indians

5. Arizona Diamondbacks

6. Milwaukee Brewers

7. St. Louis Cardinals

8. Washington Nationals

9. Miami Marlins

(Note: 10b -- Philadelphia Phillies)

You can read the entire entry here (insider).