Ok, we all know the Rangers have played above expectations thus far and that's great! With that said..I worry that come July if this team is in 1st place or a few games back that JD and his staff will make a stupid 3 month rent-a-player trade and give up some of our young prospects. I see it like this, the Rangers this year have a 0% chance at winning the WS. But next year, that chance goes up to about 20% and then 50% by 2011 and so forth. Point being, I think the Rangers should sign Ben Sheets after the ASB and that can count as the "missing piece" for this years club making a playoff push. If they can find a nice and young bullpen arm for cheap (lower level, low ceiling prospect) then I'm all for it.
By the end of this year, this club will be in a golden position. They will have Padilla, Blalock, Byrd, everyday Eddie, and possibly Millwood coming off the books (I think Milly is back next year)
With that money, they can go out and try to land a free agent bullpen arm or two and then fill the other gaps from within. You replace Blalock with CD and bring up Smoak to take over 1B. You replace Byrd with Beltre. You replace Padilla with Sheets.
I really hope JD and company hold out on making any trades and risking the future of this club for a shot this year. I don't trust JD or Hicks much. I think next year's club will be ready to contend and possibly be the AL west favorites coming out of Spring Training.
and you'll have Hurley, Feliz, Hunter, etc ready to come up during the season or fill in for any injuries.
Please don't do anything stupid JD!