5 Texas Rangers Who Won’t Make It Through 2014 Spring Training
5 Texas Rangers Who Won't Survive Spring Training
Of all the MLB teams, the Texas Rangers have had one of the busiest offseasons so far. Let me rephrase that, they have had one of the most impactful offseasons to this point. They haven't transformed their entire roster or anything, but they have added some huge talents to their roster.
The biggest headline made by the Rangers this offseason was trading longtime second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for first baseman/designated hitter Prince Fielder. Kinsler was moveable because the Rangers have their middle infield of the future set already with Elvis Andrus locked up at shortstop and Jurickson Profar at second base. Profar profiles better as a shortstop, but the Rangers aren't going to mess with Andrus at this point.
The Rangers also have replaced Nelson Cruz in right field with the on-base machine Shin-Soo Choo. Choo, without the on-base skills, is an above average player who does everything well. His ability to draw walks is elite.
Along with the two blockbuster moves, Fielder and Choo, the Rangers have also made some smaller deals. They traded Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom to the Oakland Athletics for Michael Choice and second baseman Chris Bostick.
They have also signed J.P. Arencibia to presumably be their backup catcher, but they will surely replace him at some point once they realize how terrible he is. He has a ton of power, but he rarely walks and he strikes out way too much.
The Rangers have also made some under-the-radar minor league signings over the offseason with some being invited to Spring Training even. There is also a trade or two the team could make before the end of Spring Training. Check out this slideshow to find out five players that will start Spring Training with the Rangers but most likely won't make the roster.
5. Brent Lillibridge
Brent Lillibridge likely won't make it through Spring Training because he is a bad baseball player. There isn't really a nicer way to put it. He has a career .205/.267/.332 slash line with a wRC+ of just 60.
4. Josh Wilson
Much like Brent Lillibridge, Josh Wilson isn't a quality player on the baseball field. Along with him being terrible, the Texas Rangers have quality depth in the infield. Wilson is a career .225/.278/.317 hitter with a 62 wRC+.
3. Kevin Kouzmanoff
Of all the minor league signings the Texas Rangers made this offseason, I think Kevin Kouzmanoff has the highest chance to make the 25-man roster coming out of Spring Training. Does this mean I think he will make the team? No. It simply means I don't have faith in any of their other minor league signings. While Kouzmanoff isn't a great hitter, with a .255/.300/.420 career slash line and a 93 wRC+, he has proven to be a good defender at third base.
2. Jose Contreras
Jose Contreras was good. He was good a while ago, but he is closing in on 100-years-old and he isn't really worth giving a chance anymore. The Pittsburgh Pirates gave Contreras a chance last season, and he pitched only five innings and had 10.8 BB/9. Yes, 10.8 BB/9.