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Probably the most fun I’ve had in drafting a blog post was in April when I looked at the team that could be formed using just recently departed, still active former Texas Rangers.
The point of that series of posts was to show clearly how bad the Rangers have bled talent out of their organization. To me, doing so is a clear indicator of Hicks’ terrible ownership and lack of commitment to winning.
It’s really almost magical the way Hicks and his front offices have run the Texas Rangers into the ground over the years.
Consider this magical disappearing act: Hicks managed to turn ARod into Soriano and then turn Soriano into Wilkerson (while still paying $7 million a year to the richest team in sports for ARod’s contract). That takes some real talent to in effect turn probably the most productive hitter into one of the worst!
Anyway, I thought I’d look back at the team of former Rangers I composed back in April and see how they’re doing (keep in mind that you have to grant me some dramatic license here as the salary of this team would be very unrealistic, but that’s not the point).
Lineup (with stats to date for this season: OBP/SLG/AVG):
1. Esteban German 3B/INF R (.372/.399/.284; 3hr; 29rbi; 36r; 8sb)
2. Gary Matthews, Jr. CF S (.338/.448/.275; 14hr; 65rbi; 67r, 12sb)
3. Alfonso Soriano LF R (.336/.511/.297; 18hr; 42rbi; 74r; 18sb)
4. Alex Rodriguez SS/3B R (.407/.633/.300; 39hr; 114rbi; 107r; 14sb)
5. Travis Hafner DH/1B L (.380/.438/.254; 18hr; 70rbi; 58r)
6. Carlos Lee RF R (.356/.536/.302; 24hr; 95rbi; 68r)
7. Adrian Gonzalez 1B/DH L (.339/.477/.265; 19hr; 68rbi; 64r)
8. Ivan Rodriguez C R (.289/.426/.279; 9hr; 50rbi; 39r)
9. Mark DeRosa 2B/U R (.363/.418/.288; 7hr; 54rbi; 40r)
Rod Barajas C R (.343/.376/.214; 4hr; 9rbi; 15r)
Mike Lamb INF L (.375/.478/.296; 11hr; 34rbi; 40r)
David Dellucci OF L (.301/.389/.234; 4hr; 20rbi; 25r)
Kenny Rodgers L (3-2; 5.23era; 17k; 12bb; 32.2ip)
Chris Young R (9-4; 2.02era; 119k; 44bb; 124.2ip)
Estaban Loaiza R Injured all season
Doug Davis L (9-10; 3.81era; 101k; 76bb; 146.1ip)
Adam Eaton R (9-8; 6.36era; 82k; 57bb; 133ip)
CL: Francisco Cordero R (36sv; 0-4; 3.14era; 66k; 17bb; 48.2ip)
SU Bryan Corey R Did not make an MLB roster
LR Chan Ho Park R (0-1; 15.75era; 1GS)
MR Fabio Castro L (12.27era; 5G; 3.2ip)
MR Darren Oliver L (4.39era; 43G; 41ip; 31k; 15bb)
MR Brian Shouse L (1-1; 2.60era; 52G; 34.2ip; 20k; 11bb)
MR Aaron Sele R (3-1; 4.12era; 25G; 43.2ip; 26k; 18bb)
MR Dan Kolb R (9.00era; 3G; 3ip)
As with any team, I would have needed to make some early season adjustments.
Loaiza’s injury would have forced me to call on Danks (LHP; 6-10; 5.22era; 22GS; 122.1ip; 96k; 46bb) to fill his spot. Doug Davis’ surprising performance would be a plus. And with the offense and defense on this team, it’s safe to assume that each pitcher (maybe even Danks) would have several more wins based on their era’s. For the post-season, Young, Rogers and Davis would likely be more than enough to get the team through.
The bullpen would have needed some major retooling, but there aren’t as many former Rangers out there to choose from for the bullpen as you might think. Nick Masset is one guy who probably would have been added to the ‘pen. Still, with Cordero closing, and Oliver, Shouse and Sele contributing, there’s a solid core to build around.
The lineup would have been shuffled. Lamb and German would be platooning at 3B. Hafner, Lee and Gonzalez might have been shuffled around the order, and Dellucci would likely have been demoted and replaced.
But still, wouldn’t this be some team!
Now imagine adding in Teixeira, Gagne, Lofton and Mahay at the trade deadline!
How many games do you think this team wins for the season?