Olney put Rangers' outfield No. 3 in MLB
3. Texas Rangers
Ron Washington has depth and talent to work with, from Josh Hamilton to Nelson Cruz to David Murphy to Leonys Martin. The Rangers do fret over Hamilton's impatience at the plate, his tendency to give away at-bats early in the count, and his nagging injuries -- in spite of his picturesque swing and power, Hamilton finished last season with a .346 on-base percentage.
Cruz's hamstring issues are as inherent on his résumé as his power; he's played a total of 360 games over the last three seasons. Murphy is the tortoise of the group -- over the last four seasons, he's had anywhere from 111 to 122 hits annually. At some point, the Rangers would love for Martin to establish himself in center field, to enable Hamilton to make more starts in left field.
The two teams in front of the Rangers:
1. Arizona Diamondbacks
2. New York Yankees
The teams behind the Rangers:
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Los Angeles Angels
6. St. Louis Cardinals
7. Los Angeles Dodgers
8. Boston Red Sox
9. Kansas City Royals
10. Baltimore Orioles
Again, here's the entire story (insider).
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Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.