It has come to my attention that many Ranger fans are disappointed that Texas was not a contributor at the deadline. I, for one, am particularly happy with the patience of the Texas front office. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I believe that the Rangers have the personnel to return to 90+ wins by as early as next season.
Perhaps the largest name that was on the market for the Rangers was Alex Rios. The Rangers still have an option for next year and they definitely will be in need of a right fielder next season. The fact that Rios was beaned by a pitch last night might have played a role in a deal not being finalized before the trade deadline; however, it did not affect the interest from other clubs. Yes, Rios has lacked power, but he is still a fantastic baseball player which is what this team needs. If the Rangers were too desperate to get something out of Rios now, it could have damaged the chance to return to the postseason next year.
The other name that was rumored about was Neal Cotts. Neal has done a fabulous job since becoming a member of the Texas organization and he too, can have his contract picked up for next year. With that being said, perhaps the Rangers get their starting pitching healthy and we will see some key players return to the bullpen in roles where they have shined. People like Alexi Ogando and Tanner Scheppers. Imagine a healthy bullpen that could potentially highlight Ogando, Cotts, Scheppers and Feliz. I don’t picture many runs being scored on this bullpen.
Texas has become a place where players love to play. It has become a baseball town and even this Rangers team is starting to show it. They closed out a tough series with the Yankees despite being well out of playoff contention. They don’t look like a team that is going to roll over and wait for a whole new team to show up. They look like a team who has found something to play for. Many people are playing for a role next year on a contending team. They believe it; I believe it; and Ranger fans everywhere believe it.