Can the Texas Rangers Really Compete in this New Super Division?

By Kyle McAreavy
Jon Daniels
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The Texas Rangers have been the class of the American League since 2010. But this year, there are some pretty big question marks surrounding the Rangers. Questions like who will replace Josh Hamilton’s production, who will take Michael Young’s place as the leader of the team, and was losing Mike Napoli actually a bad thing?

The only addition the Rangers have made this offseason is A.J. Pierzynski, who was brought in to catch. But with one of the best players in baseball leaving to go to the division rival Los Angeles Angels in Hamilton, and having traded arguably the best leader and most team-oriented player ever seen, can the Rangers actually compete in the A.L. West this season?

As I’m sure you know, the Rangers lost the division on the last day of the season last year to the Oakland Athletics. I don’t think the A’s will repeat what they accomplished last year, but they aren’t who the Rangers need to be worried about.

Of course, the main team that everyone in the American League needs to be worried about is the Angels. But a team the Rangers may need to watch out for is the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have upgraded their offense a significant amount without downgrading their pitching staff to much.

Some of you may be laughing at this idea because the Mariners have been legitimately awful for multiple years, but with this upgraded offense that now includes Kendrys Morales and Mike Morse, who are the best power hitters that have played in Seattle since Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre.

It could be realistic for the Rangers to end up in third maybe even fourth place in this division due to the loss of talent from this off-season  And while everyone else in this powerhouse of a division have gotten much better, the Rangers have just sat in the corner watching their window of opportunity close.

Jon Daniels expression in the picture above says it all.

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