I just want to throw this out there...
I know there is a natural reluctance to trade prospects. Doing that repeatedly, without being willing to support a $90-100 million payroll, is a good way to turn into the Baltimore Orioles.
However...the Rangers are in a pretty good position to re-stock the farm system this offseason.
Let's say the Rangers:
- Lose Carlos Lee to the Astros
- Lose GMJ to the Angels
- Do not sign a Type A free agent
The Rangers would also have four or five sandwich picks (depending on whether or not they re-sign Vicente Padilla), which means they would be looking at 7 or 8 picks in the top 60-70 or so selections.
While the draft is something of a crapshoot, that's a very good start to replacing any prospects the Rangers end up dealing this offseason.