Rangers' new guard refuses to settle

GM Jon Daniels has assembled a team that can again contend for the AL crown

Updated: January 5, 2011, 4:14 PM ET
By Richard Durrett | ESPNDallas.com

The Texas Rangers could have headed into 2011 with essentially the same team as they had in 2010, minus the elite pitcher that helped them advance to the World Series.

Texas likely would have won the AL West in 2010 without Cliff Lee. So the Rangers could have made the argument that simply adding a few secondary pieces and flying out to Surprise, Ariz., with a strong nucleus made them favorites to win the AL West in 2011.

But that wouldn't have been the prudent approach. General ...

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