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An important offseason for the Rangers

Updated: November 25, 2010, 11:43 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The Rangers won Game 3 of the World Series, and afterward manager Ron Washington talked about how Texas had finally played its brand of baseball: mashing. Josh Hamilton and Mitch Moreland had slammed homers, and despite all of the aggressiveness that Texas showed on the bases, and all the subtle skills that the likes of Elvis Andrus had demonstrated in the postseason, Washington thought the power was the foundation for the Rangers' offense.

And more power is needed. Texas has its ownership settled and is riding a lot of momentum in interest and revenues after its first World Series appearance. This will all factor in, as the Rangers -- who finished 10th in the majors in homers in 2010, and eighth in OPS -- decide how to add one more slugger.

The Rangers may or may not decide to re-sign Vladimir Guerrero, but another option is to bring on board the best pure power hitter available, a Texan who has hit 38 or more homers in seven consecutive seasons: Adam Dunn.

The market price for Dunn was probably set the other day when Victor Martinez agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal. Like Martinez, Dunn is regarded as defensively challenged, and if an AL team like the Rangers were to sign him, it would envision his primary responsibility to be that of a DH, which appears to be the Tigers' plan for Martinez.

This is what the Rangers' lineup would look like with Dunn, who might not be thrilled about being a DH but might have a whole lot of fun playing in his home state, in a hitter's park:

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