2009 Rangers and Beyond....
My piece today will mainly have to do with the Rangers and their recent struggles on offense. I read the article in the Star-Telegram today and I must say I agree 100%. This team does need to inject more youth into the everyday line-up. I have a few suggestions as I think this team can be serious contenders in 2010 and beyond, God-Willing.
First off, they need to find people that will trade for Byrd, Blalock, Padilla, Jones. They need to let go every day Eddie and replace him with a young arm in the pen from the minor leagues. In exchange for the guys they trade, they can bring up Max, Bourbon, Feliz, and keep Boggs up. Then, around August or September they should go out and sign Ben Sheets and let him get a few "warm-up" starts under his belt this season and get him ready for next year.
- Start next season with Smoak as your 1B and Max/Davis as your DH's...you can also have Davis and Smoak play 1B one giving the other a day off here and there.
- Now you have an infield of Young, Elvis, Kinsler, Smoak...Salty at Catcher with Max also backing him up (trade Teagarden + prospect for Bucholz) in the OF, you have Bourbon in CF, Josh in LF, and Cruz in RF.
- Your rotation would be...Sheets, Bucholz(sp?), Millwood, Holland, Feldmen...Feliz will start in the pen along with McCarthy who I think is better suited for the pen anyway.
Therefore, next year you'll have a fresh, young team ready to roll with a pretty good start five. You'll have the new Scoreboards all over the Ballpark in Center Field. and God-willing, we'll have a new owner (Mark Cuban would be awesome)