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12/12/2014

Texas Rangers improvements must come from within

As of today, the 2015 Texas Rangers opening day rotation would look something like:

 


No. 1 Yu Darvish (R)
No. 2 Derek Holland (L)
No. 3 Ross Detwiler (L)
No. 4 Colby Lewis (R)
No. 5 Got Pitching? (?)

IMG_4507-791x1024"If we had to open today - yes - that would be it," Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said on a conference call today after the team annnounced the acquisition of left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler from the Washington Nationals.

"It's a left handed starter at a reasonable cost."

 


Detwiler, 28, was acquired in exchange for minor league infielder Chris Bostick and right handed pitcher Abel De Los Santos.

 



Detwiler was a relief pitcher last season for the Nationals, but the Rangers acquired him to be a starter. He is 20-32 with a 3.82 ERA in 132 games/69 starts in the Majors.

 

Not exactly Jon Lester.



The MLB offseason, specifically the last week, has been awash in moves as teams have made a myriad of trades, and signed high dollar free agents. The one team that has done almost nothing is your Texas Rangers.

Over the past few years, the Rangers have been one of the most visible and active in the offseason, which has resulted in 

money spent and last season's last-place disaster.

 



The Rangers didn't even bother talking to the big-money players this offseason - thank God.
Take this offseason as a positive sign the Rangers are not burning money. In this case, less is more. If the Rangers are going to make any type of jump the best way is not to buy their way through it but to find the improvements from within.

They want to stay around a payroll of $133 million (top 10 in MLB), but $118 million is already locked in signed players. If the Rangers are going to return to the area of 85 wins, the players who are already here will be the ones to do it.

"From a health and development standpoint the biggest impact was from our own guys," Daniels said. "We will have big time talented guys coming to camp and I'm excited about that."

Detwiler is a safe move that could have a major upside. He can pitch, he will be a free agent, and he wants to start.

 



"Left handers that come in our park that sink ground balls and move the ball around, with Elvis (Andrus) and Adrian (Beltre), historically that's a pretty good fit," Daniels said. "That profile fairs fairly well in our situation."

As far as the potential return of starting pitchers Matt Harrison (back), Daniels said the lefty is ahead of schedule and that May is the most likely the time when he could do it. Martin Perez (Tommy John surgery) is more likely a July return.

 

It's not exactly Jon Lester, but the Rangers are opting for the less is more route. 



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