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How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:38 pm
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

A year ago the Rangers were crushed when Cliff Lee went to Philadelphia. This year they expected to lose C.J. Wilson, but the difference is the landing spot. Lee went to the National League, Wilson is staying in the American League West -- and joining Albert Pujols in Anaheim.

The Rangers will now step back and reassess where they stand in regards to their divisional rival.

"Our job just got more challenging," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine told CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler. "We just saw him seven games and I can't say we figured him out."

The question now is whether the Rangers try to counter with big moves of their own. It's still possible, despite the denials of team president Nolan Ryan, that the team goes after Prince Fielder. Ryan says the team is comfortable with Mitch Moreland at first base, but he said the same last year about Michael Young and third base before signing Adrian Beltre.

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And then there's the rotation. As it stands now, the Rangers rotation is Derek Holland, Colby Lewis, Alexi Ogando, Matt Harrison and Neftali Feliz. That's not bad, but it's not the Angels' rotation.

Feliz -- like Wilson and Ogando before him -- is being moved from the bullpen to the rotation. It's worked well enough before for the Rangers, so this could work. Feliz came up in the minors as a starter, starting 27 games in 2008 and 13 in 2009, the last time he started. The Rangers also signed Joe Nathan to make sure they had an experienced closer to fill his shoes.

Another possibility is moving Scott Feldman back to the rotation. The 28-year-old right-hander started two games in 2011 and has 80 career starts under his belt. Feldman won 17 games in 2009 and is 29-28 with a 4.69 ERA in his career as a starter, striking out 4.8 batters per nine innings, down from the 5.6 strikeouts per nine as a reliever.

Texas, though, could very well go outside of their organization to bolster their staff. General manager Jon Daniels scouted Yu Darvish in person this past season and the team has had success in Japan before with Lewis. Darvish, though, must go through the posting system, which is hardly a sure thing on a blind bid for the posting fee.

Another possibility is Matt Garza. The Cubs have let it be known they are open to trading anyone -- including the 28-year-old right-hander is arbitration-eligible and will be a free agent after the 2013 season. Garza went 10-10 with a 3.32 ERA in his first year in Chicago. The Rangers are talking to the Cubs about a deal for Garza, who would help their rotation.

Roy Oswalt is also a free agent and could be a fallback option.

The Angels shocked the baseball world on Thursday, the Rangers were among them. But the Rangers are unlikely to sit still and will certainly be worth watching going forward.

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Comments

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 11, 2011 9:19 pm
 

RANGERS FANS

I created a group named " Ron Warshington "

Rangers fans from all over the world should join, we'll talk Rangers brand of baseball, Warsh, Neftali, and pretty boy CJ..or is his nickname Regular?



We'll also talk about about our biggest competition - the Rays and Tigers



Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:12 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

dream team!!!! right?



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:14 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

Like  the Yankees Texas will not have to do much this winter.  The Rangers lost an average LH pitcher easily replaceable, they didn't lose .320BA, 40+homers, 120+RBI and a 100 plus runs scored.   The Rangers have a potent offense.  I don't see that changing.  They pick up a serviceable arm and a closer and they not only contend for the AL West but win it again.  Let me remind everyone especially all you Angels fans, just because you add the best bat in the majors to your lineup doesn't guarantee you anything.  Wilson is hardly a world beater.  Maybe Wilson will really step it up now that he's home in SoCal....doubtful, he will pitch like an average pitcher pitches.  All the Angels did was win the biggest prize of the winter not the WS.  The Yankees, Red Sox, Rangers, Twins are in your way first.  Then the NL with the Phillies, Braves, Cardinals, Brewers also in the way to get to the promised land. One and a half men does not equal 24.  Maybe the Angels get a wild card in 2012 but Hunter and Wells are older, slower and definitely injury prone.  The Angels will finish about where they did in 2011 until they improve their aging OF.  Check your MLB history before you start laying championships at the Angels feet.  Remember AROD signing with the Yankees and the Yankees were going to win the WS for ever.  This big signing and that big signing not amounting to a hill of beans.  The Red Sox locking it up for 10 years with Crawford and Gonzalez(it didn't happen) both of whom would whilt in the bright lights and scrunity of LA or NY.  Hooray for the Angels, hooray for Pujols but shame on you Albert for turning your back on a city you owned.  Don't hold your breath waiting for another WS ring in SoCal, you will turn blue and go into respiratory arrest first.



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:10 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

sorry.

Kinsler, Cepeda, Hamilton, Fielder, Cruz, Beltre, Napoli, Young, Andrus

Starting pitchers: Garza, Feliz, Holland, Harrison, Lewis

Long relief. spot start: Ogando

Set-up: Adams

Closer: Nathan



Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:07 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

Texas needs to trade Mitch Moreland and Leonys Martin to the Cubs for Matt Garza, and then sign Fielder to replace Moreland. That more than equals what the Angels just did and for far less money. If there were money left over, then they should also sign Yoennis Cepeda for that last outfield spot. That lineup would look like:

Kinsler    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   SP: Garza
Cepeda     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;  SP: Feliz
Hamilton    &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;      SP: Holland
Fielder    &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;     &n
bsp;   SP: Harrison
Cruz     &
nbsp;     
      
;      SP: Lewis
Beltre
Napoli     
;     &nbs
p;     &nb
sp;    Long Relief: Ogando
Young     
      
;     &nbs
p;    Set-up: Adams
Andrus                    Closer: Nathan

Nobody would be able to touch this team. They would probably break the record for runs in a season, and that pitching staff is pretty good as well.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:52 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

Afraid of what?  Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells?  Those guys are CHUMPS!  Albert is Albert, but when the report comes out that he is really 39 right now and not 31, I'll be laughing my a ss off in Texas. 

CJ is a choke artist - and everyone knows it.  Not worth half of what he was paid by your LAA d bags.

Your lineup is still soft, even with Kendry coming back.  I'll take the Rangers lineup all day, and day!  Wait til we add Prince.

Your pitching, for the moment, is better but it's not gonna matter. 

It's NAPTOBER all the time in Arlington. 

You halos are no better than a 2nd place finish in the West this year with the payroll of the Spankees!  HAHAHAHAHA!

LET'S GO RANGERS!
Nolan Ryan mention that Texas is not in the running for Prince, Ryan also said that he happy with the progress of Mitch Moreland. Going by what Ryan said I have doubt that Prince would end up in Texas



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:50 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

Afraid of what?  Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells?  Those guys are CHUMPS!  Albert is Albert, but when the report comes out that he is really 39 right now and not 31, I'll be laughing my a ss off in Texas. 

CJ is a choke artist - and everyone knows it.  Not worth half of what he was paid by your LAA d bags.

Your lineup is still soft, even with Kendry coming back.  I'll take the Rangers lineup all day, and day!  Wait til we add Prince.

Your pitching, for the moment, is better but it's not gonna matter. 

It's NAPTOBER all the time in Arlington. 

You halos are no better than a 2nd place finish in the West this year with the payroll of the Spankees!  HAHAHAHAHA!

LET'S GO RANGERS!



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:28 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

He was your ace and he's our #3. Figure it out, that move was just as important as signing la macina. Be afraid, be very afraid



Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 5:17 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

Ya, Angle fan I see you also like the underachieving Chargers? You buddy!!! Rangers will smoke CJ and Albert has nobody in your lineup unless Moron gets healthy and stays healthy. Good luck, see you at the park.



Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:35 pm
 

How will Texas respond to Angels' challenge?

Who Cares Rangers BABY!!


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