Texas Rangers: How Will The Rotation Be Set Up For This Year

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPT 25: Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPT 25: Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner /

In less than five weeks, the pitchers will report to Spring Training. The Texas Rangers have made some very risky but necessary investments in pitchers this off-season. They intend to have them all compete for a spot in the pitching rotation. At the moment, the Rangers do not have a rotation. In other words, none of the pitchers have a job.

Technically, it’s always been like this. The Texas Rangers have always started Spring Training without an official starting rotation. They always have their big names compete and earn jobs. It’s never a good idea to hand out a job to any player, no matter what they’ve accomplished. In the pros, you’re never guaranteed anything. Accomplished players ought to be very familiar with that.

Cole Hamels, along with Martin Perez(if he’s healthy and medically cleared), Doug Fister, Matt Moore, along with several others are competing for a spot in the rotation. It’s still unclear if Matt Bush is competing for a reliever or starting position. Though he expressed his interest in starting, the Rangers have not provided much comment on the situation as of late. That being said, he’s likely to stay in the pursuit of a relief role.

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The Rangers need to carefully examine every one of these player’s performances and progress throughout Spring Training. Improving the starting rotation was the organization’s biggest goal this off-season. They can’t afford to let all the efforts be for nothing. In other words, they need to be on top of things.

Two of the this off-season’s signings Fister and Moore are both players who are working hard for an opportunity to revive their career. Now they’ve both got that opportunity. If these two can impress manager Jeff Banister, along with the rest of the franchise, these boys can make the Opening Day roster and have a great season. These fellas are advised to take their time and take things step by step. That goes for everyone, including Hamels and Perez.

Pitchers along with the catchers are to report on the 14th of next month and their first workout is the very next day. Like every year, the starting rotation will be set up by results on the field.

Baseball season is drawing closer and closer.