LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2013 — The Texas Rangers were all in for the 2012 season, but that did not get them far. With a very good 93-69 record, the Rangers were only able to secure a wild card spot, which they used to lose 5-1 in the one game playoff to the Baltimore Orioles.
While Texas has lost many key parts from the 2012 team, including all-star slugger Josh Hamilton, they still have a loaded farm system that is starting to burst at the seams. Their future is very bright, but that is still the future.
The American League West is one of the best in baseball and one of the wild cards will come from the West, but the competition for those spots will be stiff.
Projected payroll: $117,375,000
Notable Players Out: CF Josh Hamilton, RHP Ryan Dempster, C Mike Napoli, DH Michael Young
Notable Players In: DH Lance Berkman, C A.J. Pierzynski,
Prospect Watch: SS Jurickson Profar and RHP Cody Buckel
Highlight Hitter: 3B Adrian Beltre (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .296/.339/.516 28 HR/72 R/89 RBI)
Highlight Pitcher: RHP Yu Darvish (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 17-8, 3.40 ERA, 10.4 K/9, 193 IP)
Projected Lineup: 1B Mitch Moreland, 2B Ian Kinsler, 3B Adrian Beltre, SS Elvis Andrus, LF David Murphy, CF Leonys Martin, RF Nelson Cruz, DH Lance Berkman
Projected Rotation: RHP Yu Darvish, LHP Derek Holland, LHP Matt Harrison, RHP Alexi Ogando, LHP Martin Perez
Projected Closer: RHP Joe Nathan
Manager: Ron Washington
Projected 2013 Finish in AL West: 1. TBA 2. TBA 3. Texas Rangers 4. Seattle Mariners 5. Houston Astros
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