5 Reasons for Texas Rangers Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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5 Reasons for Texas Rangers Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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Any Texas Rangers fans I talk to seem a little bit worried right now. The huge trade of Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder has left them scratching their heads a little bit and they wonder what kind of team the Rangers will put out there. I understand those doubts and they certainly are well founded but the Rangers are still one of the strongest teams in baseball going into the regular season.

In fact for the regular season, Fielder probably makes them better so that’s something good. Jurickson Profar is short of showing up on this list only because he still has a lot of unproven potential. Having the everyday job starting at second base should do a lot to show what kind of player he is going to be. He might light the world on fire in the first month or he might need a little time and patience from his fans. Either way I think Profar will eventually prove a worthy second bagger.

Alex Rios has stayed on for another season which is certainly a good thing for the roster. Rios might not be the greatest outfield in the world but he can get hot and carry the team as well. He’s a plus man to have out there. Nelson Cruz is a doubter because there is no telling as of this writing what he will do or where he will end up but I think the Rangers are going to be fine without him.

Truth be told they probably need to stay quiet on the big named players for the rest of the offseason save maybe one more. Below is the comments section and it would be great to hear from you if you agree or disagree. Here are our five choices for things the Rangers fans can be thankful of, without further delay.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Jorge Alfaro

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Alfaro might or might not be a name you’ve heard but if you are a Rangers fan, you need to find anything you can about this guy. He has another year or two of development in the minor league system but he will prove to be the next great Rangers catcher as long as things continue to go the way they are now. He has it all and watching him further develop in 2014 in the minors will prove why it’s a good thing they didn’t give a large contract to Brian McCann at catcher.

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4 – Elvis Andrus

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Any way you slice it, Andrus is one of the better young shortstops in the game. He is there defensively and improving steadily on offense as well. He has the potential to be an all-star and MVP candidate if his numbers burst through during the 2014 season which could very well happen. Even if they stay flat, he is something more than enough to be thankful for.

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3 – Prince Fielder

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There are questions on Fielder but most of them are in the postseason. Let’s let the postseason worry about itself for a while though. Fielder has always been a plus figure in the regular season and a positive change of scenery could be a very good thing for him. He has a few guys in Texas that should make him feel extremely comfortable with his fun attitude about the game. His offensive output should then basically speak for itself.

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2 – Adrian Beltre

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Anytime I think of Beltre I think of the play in Houston where he ran into left field to avoid the tag in a rundown. He clearly was out for the move but everyone in the stadium including the umpires enjoyed the move. Beltre is able to put some fun into the game while remaining one of the best third baseman as well. He is a treasure over there.

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1 – Yu Darvish

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Did I say treasure? Darvish had a good enough 2013 that he has every right to be offended that he didn’t win the Cy-Young award. Sure the Rangers didn’t make it that far and he faded a little bit but check his stats against Scherzer and you’ll see some close and some not like the strikeouts column. Darvish crushed everyone in K’s. Look for another dominant season coming up in 2014.

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