WFAA.com's Robert Pike brings his opinion/perspective to the Curse of Nolan Ryan crowd.
"It doesn't always have to be somebody's fault.
This isn't happening because Nolan Ryan has cursed his former franchise, or because Jon Daniels sent Ian Kinsler to Detroit.
Sometimes poor results can be born to sound decisions. Sometimes the dealer hits blackjack."
"While it's certainly not the situation the front office wanted to be in, it's hardly one that could have been expected or avoided. With Darvish, Harrison, Holland and Perez all under team control through 2017 and over $130 million owed between them (including all of 2014 salary), using up more assets (either in the form of prospects or cash) to acquire more starting pitching may be akin to buying a new car and leaving last year's model in the garage rather than taking it in for repair.
Or perhaps the nature of Harrison's injury prompts the organization to attempt to plug the hole through the trade market. After all, David Price is likely to be on the trading block soon. Should the Rangers find a way to get into contention in late June/early July, the club may decide that this team does still have enough healthy talent to roll the dice on a big-ticket acquisition, but the front office will first wait to see if their club is in a position to spend assets to try to improve the club in the short term. Assets that could very well include prospects that figure in to the future plans for the ball club."