Again addressing the key question from the preceding post in this series, when you consider the quality of recent ex-Rangers vs. the current lot as a whole, it leads to a very straight-forward question: If Hicks, Cogen and Daniels/Hart were serious about building a championship team, then how in the world did they lose more talent than they collected?
Here is the lineup, defense and bench that could be put together using recent, still-playing (somewhere else) ex-Rangers (stats shown are from last season: avg/obp/slg):
1. Esteban German 3B/INF R (.326/.422/.459; 3hr; 34rbi; 44r)
2. Gary Matthews, Jr. CF S (.313/.371/.495; 19hr; 79rbi; 102r)
3. Alfonso Soriano LF R (.277/.351/.560; 46hr; 95rbi; 119r)
4. Alex Rodriguez SS/3B R (.290/.392/.523; 35hr; 121rbi; 113r)
5. Travis Hafner 1B/DH L (.308/.439/.659; 42hr; 117rbi, 100r)
6. Carlos Lee RF R (.300/.355/.540; 37hr; 116rbi; 102r)
7. Adrian Gonzalez 1B/DH L (.304/.362/.500; 24hr; 82rbi; 83r)
8. Ivan Rodriguez C R (.300/.332/.437; 13hr; 69rbi; 74r)
9. Mark DeRosa 2B/U R (.296/.357/.456; 13hr; 74rbi; 78r)
Rod Barajas C R (.256/.298/.410; 11hr; 41rbi; 49r)
Mike Lamb INF L (.307/.361/.475; 12hr; 45rri; 70r)
David Dellucci OF L (.292/.369/.530; 13hr; 39rbi; 41r)
That is a line-up that could run with most All-Star teams. Plus, the defense is strong, the flexibility of the bench and starter utility and the L/R bat mix is incredible. Can you argue that the current Texas Rangers lineup or defense are better? What a shame.