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Good morning, folks...

Well, it appears that the offseason drama has started early, with reports surfacing yesterday that Jeff Banister may be let go at the end of the season.

Jeff Wilson writes that Banister’s issues with communicating with his players, which were a topic of discussion last year, appear to continue to be a problem.

In Evan Grant’s latest Evan Help Us column, Banister’s future is one of several topics covered.

Jim Callis has a report on the Texas Rangers’ instructional league players, with positive reviews on Hans Crouse, Cole Winn, Owen White and Mason Englert.

Jamey Newberg writes about the life of Don Welke, the longtime baseball man and former Ranger front office member who passed away yesterday.

Gerry Fraley writes about Rougned Odor’s up and down season, which is currently in a “down” phase.