Last season, the Nelson Cruz suspension crippled the Rangers offense. They lacked a power bat in the lineup able to push them over the top and failed to make the post season for the first time in years.
Already this offseason, the Rangers have fulfilled their need by acquiring slugger, Prince Fielder, in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. With Prince playing in Arlington, he is sure to regain his power stroke that he showed in Milwaukee. He brings the potential for 40-50 home runs each season, and has a swing that strikes fear into opposing pitchers.
This trade has set the team up to be back to the juggernaut offense that they have had in past season. Super-prospect, Jurickson Profar, will move back into a more comfortable, second base. Adrian Beltre, who continues to be one of the best power hitting third basemen in the league, and Alex Rios will help to provide support for Prince Fielder. Rookie, Michael Choice, could be another intriguing slugger if he can tap into the power he has shown in the minor leagues where he hit 61 homeruns in three and a half minor league seasons.
Recently, there have been rumblings of David Price being moved to Texas. A move like this could be just what Texas needs. Adding an arm like Price, instantly makes Texas not only a favorite in the West, but also makes them a favorite for the pennant. Price, the 2012 Cy Young award winner, was back to form last season. After struggling out of the gate in April and May, (where his ERA was in the 5’s) Price was almost unbeatable during the second half. He not only kept his team in the game during almost every second half start, but he proved to be a workhorse by working deep into games when his team needed him most. A top three starting rotation of David Price, Yu Darvish, and Derek Holland would be among the best in all of baseball.
Adding a pitcher of his caliber to the Rangers pitching staff would certainly make them the instant favorites in the AL West. With Price in the final year of team control many say that it is a gamble, but it is a gamble worth taking. It may take dealin’ players such as, the young Martin Perez, and others, but with a stacked system and a young trio of position players the Rangers would not miss a step.
Last season the Rangers missed the playoffs for the first time in four years. The addition of Prince to the lineup will end the playoff drought at one. If they can add Price, there is a good chance that their franchise-long championship drought will be over, too.