Well another bad start to the season for the second straight year. This time it's 9-18. Ugh. While we have seen one Dallas area coach/manager already get canned today, many here would like Wash to suffer the same fate as Avery. Let me just say this though. No matter who takes over the team if Wash is fired, whether it's Howe, Walbeck, or someone else, they will still have the same team. To me a team is 95% players and 5% manager (if that). I don't want this fanpost to be about Wash though. We have had enough of those already.
Instead, I'm trying to see what positives can still come form this season. For me it all starts with developing the young players and getting some of them significant playing time this year to see what they have. This is what I would like the Rangers roster to look like come August 1st, after the trade deadline.
1- Kinsler - 2B
2- MY - SS
3- Hamilton - CF
4- Bradley - RF (deal him if a team overwhelms you at the deadline though)
5- Blalock - 3B (deal him if a team overwhelms you at the deadline though)
6- Salty - CA
7- Davis - 1B (play everyday in AAA until July 31st)
8- MaxRam - DH (play everyday in AAA until July 31st, can also be the backup CA)
9- Murphy - LF
Duran (play everyday in AAA until July 31st)
Boggs (play everyday in AAA until July 31st)
Shelton (emergency catcher)
Vasquez, Laird, Byrd, and Cat should all be dealt for whatever we can get for them.
Broussard should be DFA'd by then.
Padilla (deal him if a team overwhelms you at the deadline though)
Gabbard (please stay healthy)
Hurley (pitch every 5th day in AAA until July 31st)
Mendoza/ Mathis/Harrison/Feldman/Pirate/Ponson (deal him if possible as well)
I don't think we see B-Mac this year. :(
Jack (deal him if he has good value)
Wright (deal him if he has good value)
Guardado (deal him)
German, Fuku, and Jennings should be DFA'd or dealt if possible.
Most of this teams young talent is still a little ways away. But some guys like Salty, Davis, MaxRam, Hurley, Duran, Boggs, Mathis, Harrison, Gabbard, Mendoza, etc. need to get a lot of playing time the last 2/3 months of the season. Plus if we are able to deal some guys we should get at least a couple young players back that we could take a look at as well. Let's face it, when the Rangers get crushed what do we all do? Go to the minor league sites to see what some of the kids did to try and lift our spirits. So what do you guys think? Would you be happy with that lineup come August 1st? Are there any other young players that may be able to contribute this year, for example if Mayberry tears up AAA do you bring him up? Thoughts?