Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Olney puts Rangers bullpen in top-10
By Richard Durrett
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).