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The Boys of Birr are back, baby!
The Boys of Birr are back, baby!
Rick Yeatts

The Cowboys perpetual mediocrity machine came to its regularly scheduled grinding halt for another year last night. That can mean only one thing:

Drew Davison writes about Ranger ownership stepping up for Shin-Soo Choo and Prince Fielder simply because they were the top targets of the front office, not because they have Jerry Jonesian egos.

In a supplement to his column from yesterday, Evan Grant gets all Fangraphical on us while comparing Choo to other free agents by wOBA. As EG notes, Choo fares well.

Hardball Talk's Bill Baer ranks the best offseasons thus far and has the Rangers coming in at No. 3. The only teams topping the Rangers -- by Baer's estimation -- are the Cardinals and Rays.

Aaron Steen of MLB Trade Rumors recaps the Rangers' moves this winter and offers a simple yes or no poll asking if folks like what the Rangers have done. At the moment, 72.47% of 16,411 total voters have given the Rangers their offseason vote of approval.

Lastly, commenter friend Xeifrank uses 2014 Steamer Projections and 2.5 million game simulations to determine the best projected Ranger lineups for the 2014 season. Luckily for us, they're not terribly different than what Ron Washington will probably end up using.