Texas Rangers: Four bold predictions for the 2021 season

Seth Carlson
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 26: A view as the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers stand during the National Anthem before a Major League baseball game at Globe Life Field on August 26, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 26: A view as the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers stand during the National Anthem before a Major League baseball game at Globe Life Field on August 26, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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Texas Rangers outfielders Joey Gallo and Nick Solak
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2021 Bold Prediction Four: The Texas Rangers will remain reasonably competitive.

Whether you think the team got marginally better or significantly better this off-season, one thing that remains true is that Jon Daniels and new GM Chris Young deserve a lot of credit for being active this winter, with more possibly on the way.

Texas may be in the beginning stages of a rebuild for an uncertain amount of time, but the roster is definitely improved heading into 2021.

In the lineup, David Dahl and Nate Lowe have the ability to provide potent bats from the left side to complement the likes of Joey Gallo, Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Leody Taveras, Willie Calhoun, Nick Solak and others.

In the rotation, as mentioned earlier, Dane Dunning and Kohei Arihara could become an effective top-end tandem, giving Texas their best one-two punch in years and fortifying a rotation that has seen plenty of instability over the last few seasons.

In the bullpen, promising arms like Demarcus Evans, Taylor Hearn, Brett de Geus and closer Jose Leclerc could give the Rangers some mix and match options for the late innings.

While the AL West looks competitive heading into 2021, as does the rest of the American League, the Texas Rangers aren’t a total abomination.

Their roster may not up to par with many of the projected division winners and wild card contenders, but perhaps with another year of expanded playoffs, Texas could stay reasonably competitive.

You just never know how things might shake out.

And that’s the beauty of a new year and a new season to look forward to.

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