Texas Rangers: 5 Non-Roster Invitees That Could Make The Team

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Aug 9, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Josh Hamilton (32) walks in the dugout before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 9, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers right fielder Josh Hamilton (32) walks in the dugout before a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports /
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James Loney

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected first baseman James Loney in the 1st round of the 2002 amateur draft. A solid Major League hitter, but has failed to find a consistent home. He could have already lost his role in Spring Training before it starts.

The Rangers reportedly signed first baseman Mike Napoli which could hurt Loney’s chance of making the team. The only position Loney can play is first base, and Napoli will likely be the Opening Day first baseman.

Through 11 Major League seasons Loney is hitting .284/.336/.410 with 108 home runs and 669 RBI. The 32-year-old has put together a good career, but his lack of power has haunted him. Loney has not hit more than 10 home runs in a single season since 2013.

Power is just not a big part of Loney’s game and the Rangers need to accept that. He’s still an above average first baseman with five years of postseason experience. Loney has played 23 playoff games and brings experience to the Rangers.

A strong performance in Spring Training could earn Loney a spot on the 25-man roster. He could force Napoli to the DH role and move to full-time first base. It will not be easy though with five or six players all attempting to grab a role at first base this spring.

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