The Rangers have gone all in for this season, with the specific knowledge that this is the ONE and ONLY year, they will have their shot at the playoffs and a World Series. Don't believe me? Take a look.
- Does anyone here actually believe the Rangers, who are bankrupt and have to get the "ok" from their creditors to spend money, wll be able to afford Cliff Lee's ace performances, or Vlad's offense? Will their bullpen still be good with Francisco and Oliver?
Players/Prospects lost via trade: Justin Smoak (blue chip, 1st round pick), Blake Beaven (1st round pick, 3.29 ERA in minors), Josh Lueke (3.31 ERA, 11.7 K's per 9 in minors), Evan Reed (1.76 ERA in AA/AAA this season), Omar Poveda (21 year old AAA pitcher).
- There's already talk that the Rangers may be unable to afford Josh Hamilton after this year and Nelson Cruz after next year.
Fret not, Angel faithful. The Rangers will be in a self inflicted state of disarray following the 2010 season. Fortunately, the Angels GM was smart enough to reel in another ace and a starting 3B, thereby avoiding any possible bidding war for the services of a SP or Adrian Beltre/Jorge Cantu this offseason.
The Angels have problems, the bullpen and offensive woes are undeniable, but just by looking at this, we aren't totally screwed like Texas is.