Word has it that the Texas Rangers are looking for a good catcher and a powerful right-handed bat. The rumors also suggest that they have a couple of soon to be free agents in mind that could fill those roles very well. They apparently have it on good confidence that Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Mike Napoli are a couple of really good baseball players that anyone would love to have. Surely these are the type guys that a team would fight to keep instead of just trading them away at the opportune time, right?
Wrong. Actually the Rangers know so much about Napoli and Saltalamacchia because both of them played for the Rangers before being traded to the Boston Red Sox. Just in case you are living under a MLB rock or something, the Red Sox are in the 2013 World Series and are carrying Saltalamacchia and Napoli with them. I really don’t think that the Red Sox will let these two guys get away during the off-season but stranger things have happened.
In the realm of the unreal, let us assume it is possible to pull off a signing of these two guys. The Rangers would instantly get a pop in both power and clutch hitting that they badly need. If they were to add to that a move for David Price to make a dangerous one-two punch at the top of the rotation, it would be difficult for anyone to pick against them for the favorites to win the 2014 World Series.
Then again maybe they should just look the other way. After all, the Los Angeles Angels were to be unbeatable this season and they of course turned out to be extremely beatable. The Rangers might be better off sticking with their own home-grown guys and not worrying about the players gone by.