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November 13, 2013

Fantasy Team Preview

Texas Rangers

by Craig Goldstein and Paul Sporer


Texas once again was full of fantasy goodies for fantasy owners, both with the bats and on the mound. Another solid year with the bat from Adrian Beltre anchored a team that helped fantasy owners in power, but also in stolen bases with Leonys Martin joining Elvis Andrus in the 30-plus-steal department. The pitching staff was, of course, anchored by Yu Darvish, who solidified himself as a fantasy ace, if not a real-life one (yes, he’s a real life ace, too). Behind him, Matt Harrison (when healthy), Derek Holland, and Martin Perez (when healthy) filled in as viable fantasy options, with Holland coming through with a very strong first half setting up a solid full season. In the bullpen we saw Joe Nathan with a dominant season, and he’ll join those who depart the team via free agency as he declined a player option already. As we look toward 2014, we see a very different Rangers lineup (pre-free agency) with former stalwart Nelson Cruz testing the free agent waters. With him will go catcher A.J. Pierzynski and outfielder David Murphy. As a reminder, we’ve limited ourselves to filling holes in the lineup and pitching staff with internal options only. With that in mind, here is what we can expect from Texas heading in 2014, as currently constructed.

Projected Lineup

  1. 1B Ian Kinsler
  2. SS Elvis Andrus
  3. RF Alex Rios
  4. 3B Adrian Beltre
  5. C Geovany Soto
  6. CF Leonys Martin
  7. DH Mitch Moreland
  8. 2B Jurickson Profar
  9. LF Craig Gentry

It’s important to note a few things here. As with other teams, but especially so for Texas, free agency is going to wreak havoc on this projected lineup, as it should. It’s highly likely that the Rangers bring in at least one bat, and it is also unknown how willing Kinsler is in moving to first base (or left field). That said, given that we’re filling in with only internal options, it was a necessity that Profar made it into the lineup. There’s a ton of value to be had in the lineup even without the boost of a free agent, especially up the middle. Kinsler (still 2B eligible of course), Profar, and Andrus should all be well known commodities, though it’s important not to overrate Andrus who is essentially worth targeting for stolen bases only, as he is a detriment in the power categories. Rios performed well and after a few up and down years earlier in his career has been a steady source of production for a couple years now. When mentioning up the middle talent, we shouldn’t ignore Martin in the equation, as the centerfielder is still young and pilfered 36 stolen bases last season. He was mostly a zero in the power categories as well, but at 25 could come into a few more extra-base hits. Given the lineup and ballpark environment, Soto could be a nice add at a relatively low cost as well, presuming the Rangers don’t supplant him in the free agent market.

Projected Bench

Yuck. This is a thin bench that will receive plenty of bolstering based on the free agent market. As deep as Texas is in prospects, there aren’t a ton on the verge of the big leagues, at least in positions that could get playing time. I’d imagine there’s another infielder on this bench before the season starts, but there’s not an obvious choice with Jeff Baker a free agent and Lance Berkman in retirement limbo. It’s hard to bother with any advice here, as I expect at least 75 percent of these names to be different. Engel Beltre is somewhat interesting but his true value to any team comes on defense, which doesn’t help us in fantasy for the most part.

Projected Rotation

  • RHP Yu Darvish
  • LHP Derek Holland
  • LHP Matt Harrison
  • LHP Martin Perez
  • RHP Alexi Ogando

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