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Tuesday Morning Texas Rangers Update

The latest news on the Texas Rangers and equipment truck routes

The equipment truck did not see its shadow
The equipment truck did not see its shadow
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning. Yesterday was equipment truck day so spring has basically sprung. Rejoice.

T.R. Sullivan writes that we witnessed the annual sign that spring is upon us as a bunch of Texas Rangers' baseball equipment makes the trek to Surprise, Arizona.

WFAA.com's George Riba has more on the Rangers gearing up for Jeff Banister's first Spring Training ever in the Cactus League.

Stefan Stevenson writes that while the trucks were heading off toward Arizona, Jon Daniels was speaking to the press about a desire to add to the bullpen.

Evan Grant writes about Banister's stated spring task of implementing the organizational philosophy of pitching inside to hitters.

Sullivan reports that Prince Fielder is ready for Spring Training after receiving a clean bill of health from the doctors yesterday.

Anthony Andro writes that, in addition to Prince, the Rangers continue to get positive news on the health front regarding Jurickson Profar and Matt Harrison. *fingers crossed* *knock on wood*

Calvin Watkins gives us a Rangers best-case scenario (Texas contends), and a worst-case scenario (2014 II: Ryan's Revengeance) as we inch closer to the 2015 season.

While the Rangers let everyone else scramble for Yoan Moncada's affection, MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez notes that the 2015 J2 International Showcase takes place this week with Vladdy Jr. among the talent on hand.

Bring us the son of Guerrero, JD.

Speaking of the fruits of 2014's failed tank job, MLB Trade Rumors' Jeff Todd has the set MLB Draft order and lists each team's projected draft pool budget. The Rangers are projected to have $9.47m available to spend -- 4th most in baseball -- on the draft.

In part one of an enthralling two-parter, John Paschal of The Hardball Times delves into a special place very near and dear to my spiteful heart: Sports hate and personal baseball villains.

Lastly, remember the other day when we were marveling at Julio Franco? Well, he's still playing baseball at the age of a billion freakin' years old.

Have a nice day.