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Texas, You Are Dreaming If You Think The Current Starting Rotation Will Be Good Enough In 2016!

The Rangers rose from the AL West ashes in 2015 and won their first Division Title in 4 years. It came off the heels of 2 injury riddled seasons that plagued any chance to make the playoffs. The club has about $140 MIL worth of salaries to pay in 2016 but should consider spending out another $10 - $15 MIL. They have a need for a Starting Pitcher and could use a breakout campaign from either Joey Gallo or Jurickson Profar to add depth for mid year trade to acquire a proven playoff Starter to add. The club will also hope Yu Darvish can come back at full strength. While they have 5 of the top 46 contracts of ALL - Time on their salary, 3 of them came via trade where the former team is picking up some of the dough.

The Rangers rose from the AL West ashes in 2015 and won their first Division Title in 4 years. It came off the heels of 2 injury riddled seasons that plagued any chance to make the playoffs. The club has about $150 MIL worth of salaries to pay in 2016 but should consider spending out another $10 – $15 MIL for one more piece in the rotation. They have a need for a Starting Pitcher and could use a breakout campaign from either Joey Gallo or Jurickson Profar to add depth for a mid year trade to acquire a proven playoff Starter. The club will also hope Yu Darvish can come back at full strength.

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer/Part Owner) 

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I am quite perplexed on the thought process of the Texas Rangers this offseason.  I mean, talk about resting on your laurel’s fellas!

This club was quite lucky to have run down the Houston Astros in 2015 when it did for the AL West. It took renaissance years from Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder, and a hot Adrian Beltre over the last few months to get it done.

While I praised them big time for the addition of Cole Hamels at the Trade Dealine in 2015, I am giving them guff now for not surrounding him with ample playoff caliber pitching this winter.

Yu Darvish is a world class talent, but he is just coming back from Tommy John Surgery, and may take at least 6 weeks to begin the year.

Derek Holland is slated up high on your staff even though he has towed the hill just 13 games over the last 3 campaigns.

With Yu Darvish coming back from Tommy John Surgery - and Derek Holland having started just 13 games in 3 years, you must make up for this by inking another Starter to begin the year.

With Yu Darvish coming back from Tommy John Surgery – and Derek Holland having started just 13 games in 3 years, you must make up for this by inking another Starter to begin the year.  Their AL West and State rival – Houston Astros have added several key Free Agents, and will see many of their breakout players in 2015 – have full seasons in the Majors for 2016. John Daniels needs to get back on the phone and call Yovani Gallardo.

Oh yeah.. Your innings eater, and #1 pitching pivot for the 2015 year (Yovani Gallardo) is still out on the open market and just screaming for you to be brought in his sights once again.

It takes a remarkable human being to even pitch in Texas, and this guy did a decent job for you in 2015.  Go hit him with a decent monetary offer for a 1 YR deal near the Qualifying Offer please. 

Gallardo may just accept that with a smaller open market class for Starting Pitchers in 2016’s winter.

The Rangers are looking at a staff comprised of Hamels, Darvish. Colby Lewis, Derek Holland and some form of Martin Perez (working his way back to form after his own TJ Surgery too) and Chi Chi Gonzalez to round out the rotation. 

This isn’t bankable enough when your cross state rivals now have Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh, Lance McCullers Jr, Doug Fister and Scott Feldman staring back at you.

I am not even saying the Rangers have to do much more on the offensive side here.  If everyone plays like they did in 2015 – this could be a formidable club. Add in a Joey Gallo and Jurickson Profar, and the team could even be as deep at it has been in years.  But they need to be as aggressive as the Astros have been here.

Add that last piece to the puzzle.  As they stand right now….I have them as an 83 – 85 win club.  A Gallardo deal would move them right up by a couple of wins.  That may be enough to earn a playoff spot in a parity driven American League – and also approach the Astros for the AL West Division crown.

Yovani Gallardo had a workmanlike 2015 campaign for the AL West Winning Texas Rangers - fashioning a 13 - 11 record, with an ERA of 3.42. He held his own at Globe Life Park In Arlington as well, sporting a respectable 3.50 ERA in a tough pitchers park. It takes a rare breed to pitch in the Texas heat. I believe this organization should take another run at signing the 29 Year old RHP right now.

Yovani Gallardo had a workmanlike 2015 campaign for the AL West Winning Texas Rangers – fashioning a 13 – 11 record, with an ERA of 3.42 ERA. He held his own at Globe Life Park In Arlington as well, sporting a respectable 3.50 ERA – in a tough pitchers park. It takes a rare breed to pitch in the Texas heat. I believe this organization should take another run at signing the 29 Year old RHP right now.

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