May 12, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton at bat against the San Francisco Giants at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Projecting the Rangers 2013 opening day roster


Here is an early prediction of what could be the Texas Rangers 2013 opening day roster:

Starting lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  2. Michael Young, 1B
  3. Justin Upton, RF
  4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
  5. David Murphy, LF
  6. Nelson Cruz, DH
  7. Mike Napoli, C
  8. Jurickson Profar, SS
  9. Craig Gentry, CF

 

Bench:

BE: Mitch Moreland

BE: Mike Olt

BE: Leonys Martin

BE: Geovany Soto

 

Starting Rotation:

SP: Yu Darvish

SP: Matt Harrison

SP: Derek Holland

SP: Alexi Ogando

SP: Martin Perez

 

Bullpen

CL: Joe Nathan

SU: Jason Grilli

SU: Koji Uehara

RP: Robbie Ross

RP: Tanner Scheppers

RP: Michael Kirkman

RP: Wilmer Font

 

Some notes:

Upton: Here early there are a lot of discussions about the Rangers and Rays being the favorites to involve themselves in a trade for the former MVP candidate. Obviously, Elvis Andrus is missing from the lineup. I’m predicting that, no matter what Jon Daniels is saying now, that the team will work a deal for him. This will provide the team with an opportunity to move Profar to the starting lineup. Also, Upton gives the Rangers the perfect 3-hole candidate for the starting lineup. Assuming Josh Hamilton does not return, who fills that hole? Cruz? Murphy? Young?

Still no “ace”?: The Rangers are in deep discussions for a chance at landing top free agent pitcher Zack Greinke, but I don’t think the team has what Greinke wants. I think the biggest downside for the Greinke signing is The Ballpark in Arlington. Greinke also enjoyed his time in LA, so I think the Angels and Dodgers will make larger offers and he will accept one of those. I’m predicting that the Rangers don’t make a big move to sign an prototypical ace.

Perez as the fifth starter: The Rangers, after not signing an ace, will focus on preparing Perez to be a major league starter during spring training. Obviously, starting him late in the 2012 season did not pan out, but he is still the No. 3 prospect in the organization. With time to prepare, I think Perez will be an excellent option as the fifth starter.

Napoli re-signed: I think the Rangers will work a deal for Napoli for 2013. He’s the best option for the team at catcher, especially if they trade for Upton. Some people are talking about a trade to the Blue Jays, but I don’t see that being an option if they shop Andrus to Arizona. If they can work out a way to get Travis d’Arnaud or J.P. Arencibia without giving up too much, they will work on that deal.

 

This is a very early prediction, as the GMs are just beginning to discuss potential trades. Only time will tell.

What do you think about my predictions? Who’s missing? Where did I mess up?

 

Tags: Hot Stove Opening Day Roster Rangers Texas Rangers

  • Art Tucker

    Great job you did with this lineup, thanks. But I see Mitch being the everyday first base glove. I also wonder where Cruz will end up, last season was a big disappointment in what should have been a curtain call after his WS heroics.

    Cheers

    • Tyler Owens

      I’m really curious about that too. If they land an outfielder without trading Andrus, they will almost certainly move Kinsler to right field, then you’d have to put Cruz at DH either way. Then what happens with the Moreland/Young conundrum at 1B? Moreland probably should be the starter, but who knows if Ron will actually bench Young?