All eyes turned to Buehrle. The consensus was that the Rangers had passed up the C.J. Wilson sweepstakes in order to offer Mark Buehrle a hefty contract. The Rangers, however, withheld their best effort again, and it was apparent they were about to roll the dice on Japan’s best.
Another theory that was being tossed around awhile was that the Rangers were going to opt for trying to sign the Milwaukee Brewers’ slugger, Prince Fielder. So far, it has not happened, but the rest of the league and the local fans now know two new things about the home team: They have deep pockets, and they are now willing to compete in the free agent market.
The Texas Rangers Pitching Lineup
If the Rangers are successful in signing Yu Darvish, and there is no reason to think now that they will fail to do so, the starting rotation for the ball club will be young, experienced pitchers with tons of talent. The roster of starting pitchers would include Colby Lewis, Yu Darvish, Derek Holland, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, and Alexi Ogando—six pitchers in all.
The bullpen should be among the league’s best, with relievers Joe Nathan, Mike Adams, Scott Feldman, and perhaps, Alexi Ogando, should he be the pitcher who moves back to the bullpen where he has been successful before. With both Feldman and Ogando having good experience as starters, either of them could move into the starting rotation if someone is injured. It is only speculation at this point, but there are some good trade values among the Rangers' pitching staff, and it is still a long time before the start of the 2012 season.
News of a sweet television deal is on the horizon already. With Darvish, who has a strong following in Japan where he enjoys star status, both on and off the field, the Rangers brand in major league baseball should take another giant leap—it is already the best it has ever been. After two consecutive trips to the World Series, on the field, the Rangers deserve the accolades of their fans. This isn’t the old team that played at Turnpike Stadium in 1972.