Grading The Rangers Offseason To This Point

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The 2013 MLB Winter Meetings have come and gone and, in case you haven’t noticed, the Texas Rangers really didn’t do a whole lot. Maybe G.M./President/Jedi Master Jon Daniels was telling the truth when he said that the biggest splash (trading for Prince Fielder) had already been made. Now as of this writing Shin-Soo Choo and Nelson Cruz are still available and I have a strong feeling that Texas will land one of them. Land both and I will be very happy with the roster coming into the 2014 season. Now I’ll recap the moves made up to this point in the offseason.
Rangers acquire Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler (A-)

Texas finally got the power hitting first baseman they had been seeking since Mark Teixeira was traded and freed Jurickson Profar to be the everyday second baseman. Yes, some fans were upset that a fan-favorite in Kinsler was traded but the move made sense considering Kinsler’s salary and the years of club control remaining with Profar who I predict will finally have the breakout season we’ve been waiting for.

Rangers acquire Michael Choice and Chris Bostick for Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom (A+)

If Choice turns out to be the power hitting left fielder he has been predicted to be then this will be one of the biggest steals Jon Daniels has ever pulled off.  Gentry’s speed will be missed but he was, and always would be, nothing more than a fourth outfielder. Choice will be given a chance to compete for the starting job (barring a Choo acquisition).

Rangers sign J.P. Arencibia (C+)

Personally I had hoped for Kurt Suzuki but Texas wasn’t going to get Suzuki for the money they paid for Arencibia. He’s a serviceable backup catcher whose power may take advantage of a closer right field wall in Texas.

Rangers pick Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in the Rule 5 draft (B)

This is a cheap P.R. move that has people talking. Wilson actually plans on working out in spring training but the Rangers plan to use him more as a motivational tool for the team. I don’t think Profar is sweating over his job at second base.

Rangers sign infielders Brent Lillibridge, Scott Wilson and Kevin Kouzmanoff and pitchers Armando Rodriguez and Doug Mathis. (B-)

All but Mathis received spring training invites. No I don’t see any of these guys on the opening day roster but you can never have too much depth to protect the team from possible injuries.

Overall (A-)

It may not look like a lot but the Rangers have filled a few needs. They have a true first baseman, two catchers and a promising young left fielder. If they sign Choo the grade will jump to an A+. Sign Choo and Cruz then I’m ecstatic.

Here’s to hope. 

James Holland

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