Thursday, October 3, 2013
Rangers postmortem: Busy offseason ahead
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers' brass has met the last two days to map out a plan of how to build on the best four-year run in franchise history while coming to grips with being eliminated in one-game playoff situations the last two seasons.
Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
"One and done isn't good enough," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Thursday in a postmortem press conference.
Daniels said that the Rangers will get back to their roots as a solid scouting and development organization, while also exploring the free agent and trade markets.
They'll do so, Daniels said, with close to the same budget as the 2013 season -- $125 million -- while the general manager admitted it will probably be a little less than last season.
The Rangers could shed some salary with Joe Nathan, outfielder Nelson Cruz and designated hitter Lance Berkman set to become free agents. The Rangers like Nathan -- manager Ron Washington said Tuesday he'd like to have him back -- but Daniels also indicated Thursday that the club could look to Tanner Scheppers or other returning relievers for the closer job.
Daniels also said the Rangers will likely make a qualifying offer to Cruz.
The offense was minus the power of Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli and relied on a speed game that did help them win 91 games. With not much power on the free agent market, Cruz could be back.
"It's going to be a challenge," Daniels said. "There's not a lot of power available."
Jurickson Profar, who took on the role as a utlityman, probably won't play that role next season, which means the Rangers will have to explore their options.
"The ideal situation is he won't be in that role," Daniels said.
Daniels didn't get into how the Rangers will handle free agency this season after the club was involved in just about every player at last year's winter meetings and didn't come away with a marquee name.
Will the Rangers go after free-agent-to-be catcher Brian McCann?