It was an usually quiet offseason for the Texas Rangers in 2012-13. Winter’s past have seen the Rangers spend big-time money on guys like Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish, but this offseason it was all about staying away from MLB free agents with a hefty price tag atop their heads. For example, the Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton camps both steered clear of Texas and the Rangers couldn’t be happier.
Just a half of a game out of first place in the AL West, Ron Washington has his club on playing great baseball as usual. Even better, the Rangers’ inexpensive offseason makes them buyers at the 2013 MLB Trade Deadline, which means a high-caliber staring pitcher like Matt Garza could be making his way to the Lone Star State sooner rather than later. Recently, the name Cliff Lee has emerged as a possible fit in an average Rangers starting rotation. Lee would be an ideal fit back with Texas considering he has pitched in the sweltering heat and when the stage mattered most — 2010 MLB Playoffs — Lee was the Rangers’ driving force.
While Texas talks about possibly adding more to its squad, the Los Angeles Angels and the Los Angeles Dodgers — winners of the offseason — are trying to unload members of their overpriced rosters. Not to mention, both are fighting to stay over .500 and neither has spent a day in first place since April 2nd.
It’s safe to say that the Rangers are looking at the California spenders and laughing uncontrollably.