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Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: November 9, 2011 10:34 am
 
By Matt Snyder

The Texas Rangers were twice within a strike of winning the 2011 World Series and most of the team is going to remain intact for next season, so they're pretty well set up. Still, it's folly for any team to simply stand pat and expect to be in the exact same position next season. So the Rangers are working on starting pitching -- we'll get to that in a second -- but an MLB.com article raised my eyebrows a bit, specifically this line:

"Sources acknowledge they are peeking at other things, and that might even include a nudge in the direction of free-agent first basemen Albert Pujols and/or Prince Fielder."

Now, let's not go crazy, especially with words like "peeking," "nudge" and "might" in there. The Rangers need pitching more than offense and still have the Mike Napoli (when Yorvit Torrealba catches), Michael Young, Mitch Moreland triumvirate that they can use at first. How much the Rangers can afford to increase payroll would also be a question. The article notes pitching is still the top priority, too.

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On the flip side, obviously Pujols or Fielder would be a major upgrade and the offense would be downright terrifying when Napoli caught, Young DH'd and either Pujols or Fielder was manning first. Either of the big name free agents would mark a defensive upgrade over Young or Napoli, especially if it was Pujols, a superb defensive first baseman. A big plus on the Rangers' chances here is that many of the large market teams won't be in on the sweepstakes for Pujols or Fielder. The Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies are set at first long-term. The Angels, Mets and Dodgers all have money issues of different varieties. The White Sox probably can't spend more and already have Paul Konerko. Who knows what direction the Cubs take? So it's possible the Rangers could sneak in and snag one of these big boppers with some of the extra revenue two consecutive World Series appearances has created.

To reiterate, though, it still feels like a longshot and pitching is the top priority for the Rangers. On that front, the Rangers are reportedly speaking with C.J. Wilson on bringing him back, in addition to having "at least some interest" in free agents Mark Buehrle, Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson. Moving closer Neftali Feliz into the rotation and pursuing a free-agent closer is also possible, with the article noting the Rangers have at least some interest in Jonathan Papelbon, Heath Bell, Francisco Cordero, Francisco Rodriguez and a few others (MLB.com).

It's still really early in the offseason. All of this could happen or none of it could, but it doesn't make it any less fun to play around with possible scenarios.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

I disagree....If you ever get a chance to get legitimate like pujols or fielder you give it you best shot...Texas pitching was not that bad with an 3.79 ERA last season which was almost top 10.  If you upgrade the SP you do this during the season with trades..

I'll meet you half way on this one.  Yes, if you don't already have a superstar at first base and either of those guys are available, then yeah, you better go after them.  So I definitely agree that you don't turn down the chance to get a Pujols or Fielder if it's possible.

The pitching is a different story though.  Texas did VERY WELL this year with their pitching, i'm not arguing that at all.  But it looks like they aren't willing to outbid other teams for C.J which is going to hurt in a big way.  The guy had a sub 3 era, that's nothing to sneeze at and one of the best in the A.L.  And the year before he was around 3.3 I believe so he's only getting better.  I think people got upset with a couple bad games he had in the playoffs, but that's stupid thinking.  C.C Sabathia has struggled many times in his career in the playoffs, Verlander struggled this year, and many others have struggled as well.  C.J is a huge part of that Texas team, and regardless of what people out there think, you don't just replace a guy that had a nice record and an era under 3 that pitched in a hitters park like Texas. 



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

Anybody know where this "score" comes from with these comments?....seriously



Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

Ive been saying for awhile that Texas would be were Prince will end up....if he's smart, he goes there, and I just don't see Pujols leaving the Cards.  That being said I think the Royals should get in on Pujols...home town boy.



Since: Feb 11, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:35 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

Well, I "could", maybe, sort of make a comment on this , seeing as I clicked on the commentary button, if I don't ,maybe I should have, could have, if I had a point to make, but can't disagree, all teams " could" make an offer to Albert Pujols, he's a free agernt after all!



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:32 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

Just what the Rangers need, more offense.  Seems to me that what lost them the WS was their pitching...especially the bullpen that crumbled under pressure.



Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

I'm "Old School" Cardinal fan, but I predicted Texas would get into this fray a long time ago and I'm sticking to it.  Mark it down!


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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:42 pm
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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

Young could hit nearly .400 with Pujols behind him.  Yikes
 



Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:01 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

THEY DON'T NEED PUJOLS OR FIELDER THEY HAVE ENOUGH BATS.....THEY NEED 2 STARTING PITCHERS AND A MIDDLE RELIEF PITCHER. 
PRICE IS TOO HIGH FOR EITHER ONE.



Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Rangers 'could' go after Pujols or Fielder

I disagree....If you ever get a chance to get legitimate like pujols or fielder you give it you best shot...Texas pitching was not that bad with an 3.79 ERA last season which was almost top 10.  If you upgrade the SP you do this during the season with trades..


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