This offseason has not been a comfortable one for Texas Rangers fans and the week of the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings did little to cure that. Other than the signing of catcher J.P. Arencibia, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays, there has been only rumors and minor league traffic to talk about. Whether the issue is price or something else there just seems to be little going on in a week many Rangers fans were hoping would provide some comfort in the wake of losing Ian Kinsler in the Prince Fielder trade.
I suppose most Rangers personnel wish fans felt more comfortable about the looming impact of Fielder on their offense and they have a good point. Though he had a blank postseason when the Detroit Tigers needed him most, Fielder had another very productive season in 2013. Most probably wonder what the future will be like given the heavy weight of Fielder’s large contract.
Enter into that discussion the Scott Boras driven demands for Shin-Soo Choo and you know why that deal hasn’t been signed. Choo is an impact player without a doubt but Boras is going to push for upwards of seven years for more than $20M per year. The Rangers just took on one huge contract and aren’t really excited about blacking out half of their 2020 payroll this offseason. Who can blame them?
Still from a fan’s perspective, this isn’t a comfortable offseason. It is to the point where two players they had at the end of last season could be the most comfortable to return next year. Matt Garza and Nelson Cruz could be the best possible re-additions to this team going forward. Many fans meanwhile will still be left with one large question. What would this offseason have looked like if Nolan Ryan was still in charge?