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Wednesday, January 4, 2012
What is Rangers' biggest need?

By Richard Durrett

ESPN.com's Dan Szymborski, from the Baseball Think Factory, looks at each MLB team and what needs they have heading into the rest of the offseason. Here's what he says about the Rangers:
The Angels' moves necessitated the team doing something, and something they did, winning the bidding for the exclusive rights to negotiate with the best prospect ever from Japan in Darvish.

Fielder's definitely on the back burner now -- unless negotiations with Darvish turn sour -- but it doesn't mean the Rangers should stop looking at an upgrade at first, with Carlos Pena and Casey Kotchman still out there.

Certainly, first base is the weakest spot of the lineup for Texas. But it's a strong, deep lineup as it is, which means the Rangers don't have to do something there. They've still got Michael Young and Mike Napoli, who can relieve Mitch Moreland at first base if needed.

The club still believes in Moreland and wants to see how he does once he's recovered fully from his wrist surgery. But that doesn't mean they won't look at some alternatives. First thing's first: Get Darvish signed.

You can read the entire story here (insider).