While the Texas Rangers were considered one of the best teams in baseball throughout much of the year, they head into the offseason with several question marks. Texas could use a boost to their starting rotation and lineup if they decide to part ways with outfielder Josh Hamilton and catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, reports Jim Bowden of ESPN:
Bowden believes that Napoli and Hamilton could both return to the Rangers for 2013 and beyond but only if they’re next contracts remain reasonable. If Hamilton’s deal goes beyond the four- or five-year range and Napoli’s surpasses three years, Bowden doesn’t think Texas will commit.
In that case, he says the Rangers could hit the trade market to replenish their bats. Their targets may include Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon of the Kansas City Royals, and Toronto Blue Jays catcher Travis d’Arnaud. He could also see them looking to free agent A.J. Pierzynski as a short-term solution.
For their rotation, Bowden believes the Rangers could look to free agents Zack Greinke and Kyle Lohse.