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Rangers sticking with their plan

Updated: December 22, 2012, 11:59 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The wrong reaction for the Texas Rangers would be an overreaction, a course correction that takes them off a trajectory that has carried them through two World Series appearances in the last three years.

Yes, it's been a rough offseason for the Rangers: They missed on Zack Greinke and James Shields, and Josh Hamilton signed with a division rival, and unless the Diamondbacks reassess their demands for Justin Upton, they're not going to get the right fielder, either. No matter what the Rangers do between now and the start of the 2013 season, it appears Texas won't have as a good a team as it did in May, when the Rangers looked like a juggernaut.

But they should still have a good team because they have a lot of pitching -- Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Alexi Ogando and others. Texas' ballpark tends to be a place that creates offensive stars, the same way that Oakland's park tends to foster excellent pitching. No matter how the Rangers decide to round out their lineup, they'll score enough runs to contend.

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