Eric Nadel said it in his call of the final out that fans are not dreaming the Texas Rangers are World Series champions. Ever since then though it has felt like a dream and I constantly have to look at my hat and remember that the Texas Rangers did win the World Series. While I am in this dream-like state I thought why not dream about what I would like the Texas Rangers lineup to look like in the 2024 season. Lets go crazy with this and just imagine the dream lineup for the Texas Rangers that will help them repeat as World Series champions. This lineup will consist of players that are currently on the roster, players that could be traded for, and players that could be signed as free agents this offseason.
Batting First 2B: Marcus Semien
No surprise here. The AL MVP finalist will remain in my dream lineup. He will continue to hit leadoff, Semien led the league in hits and runs. He had 100 RBIs as a leadoff hitter. He plays excellent defense at second base. He shows up every day and is available to play.
Semien set a major league record this past season with 835 plate appearances in a full season plus postseason. His ability to post-up every day is a significant part of his value. Semien has been in the majors for all or parts of 11 seasons. In that time he has played in 150 or more games seven times. In the 60-game pandemic season he played in 53 games. Semien takes care of his body and puts in the work to be ready to play every day. Semien will of course be a part of this dream lineup and will continue to hit leadoff.