TEXAS RANGERS 2012
For 2011 Opening Day roster, click HERE. For End-of-Season roster, click HERE.
*Players on the 40-man roster: BOLD.
*Players who are injured: +
*Players who are Out of Options: ##
*Baseball America '12 pre-season prospect rankings: BLUE #
*Baseball Prospectus '12 pre-season prospect rankings: GREEN #
'MLBDepthCharts Magazine' includes this roster projection feature but includes additional info, such as player age, 2011 level and stats, 2012 salary and contract info in an easy-to-read, printer-friendly pdf file and excel spreadsheet.
*40-man roster total (40)
*Projected 2012 Payroll: est. $118,000,000 according to MLBDC Magazine
OPENING DAY ROSTER (*indicates left-handed batter **indicates switch-hitter)
Starting Lineup (Click HERE to see last 7 lineups)
1 2B Ian Kinsler
2 SS Elvis Andrus
3 CF Josh Hamilton*
4 3B Adrian Beltre
5 DH Michael Young
6 RF Nelson Cruz
7 1B Mike Napoli
8 C Yorvit Torrealba
9 LF David Murphy*
1B Mitch Moreland*
1B Brandon Snyder
IF Alberto Gonzalez
OF Craig Gentry
1 RHP Colby Lewis
2 LHP Derek Holland
3 LHP Matt Harrison
4 RHP Yu Darvish BA#1
5 RHP Neftali Feliz
CL RHP Joe Nathan
SU RHP Mike Adams
SU RHP Alexi Ogando
MID RHP Koji Uehara
MID RHP Mark Lowe
MID LHP Robert Ross BA#15 BP#10
LR RHP Scott Feldman
RHP Yoshinori Tateyama + UPDATE 4/4 - placed on 15-Day DL, retroactive to March 30th (lower back strain)
Optioned to Minors
Position PlayersRHP Wilmer Font
RHP Jacob Brigham
OF Leonys Martin* BA#5 BP#6
RHP Jacob Brigham
RHP Mark Hamburger
RHP Roman Mendez BA#20 BP#8
RHP Justin Miller
RHP Neil Ramirez BA#6 BP#4
RHP Matthew West BA#11 BP#17 + UPDATE 3/4 - out 6 weeks for rehab (sprained elbow); may require Tommy John surgery
LHP Miguel De Los Santos BA#29
LHP Michael Kirkman
LHP Michael Kirkman
LHP Martin Perez BA#3 BP#2Major League Free Agents
C Matt Treanor (11/15: signed w/LAD)
OF Endy Chavez* (12/18: signed w/BAL)
RHP Brandon Webb
LHP Mike Gonzalez
LHP Darren Oliver (12/30: signed w/TOR)
LHP C.J. Wilson (12/8: signed w/LAA)
Minor League Free Agents
C Kevin Cash
C Robinzon Diaz (12/23: signed w/LAA)
IF Andres Blanco** (12/16: signed w/WAS)
IF Luis Cruz (11/26: signed w/LAD)
IF Esteban German (12/14: signed w/Seibu Lions)
IF Nick Green (12/8: signed w/MIA)
IF Omar Quintanilla* (1/3: signed w/NYM)
OF Doug Deeds* (1/7: signed w/LAA)
RHP Omar Beltre
RHP Manuel Corpas (12/22: signed w/CHC)
RHP Adalberto Flores (11/4: signed w/HOU)
RHP Eric Hurley (12/23: signed w/LAA)
RHP Brett Tomko (2/15: signed w/CIN)
RHP Merkin Valdez (1/4: signed w/OAK)
RHP Tim Wood (11/1: signed w/PIT)
LHP Douglas Arguello
LHP Beau Jones (11/8: signed w/FLA)
Lost off Waivers/Traded
•C Taylor Teagarden UPDATE 12/1 - traded to Orioles
•1B/OF Chad Tracy UPDATE 1/5 - traded to Rockies
•IF Davis Stoneburner UPDATE 3/19 - traded to Indians
•RHP Cody Eppley UPDATE 4/4 - DFA'd UPDATE 4/5 - lost off waivers to Yankees
•RHP Darren O'Day UPDATE 11/2 - lost off waivers to Orioles
•LHP Kelvin De La Cruz UPDATE 3/15 - traded to Indians
OFFSEASON PREVIEW posted 10/29/2011
After the dust settles and the Rangers have had a chance to get over their heartbreaking World Series loss to the Cardinals, they will realize that they're in pretty good position to make it back again very soon. The entire starting lineup returns and that's a good thing. They're not a group of aging veterans. All nine players projected to start on a regular basis are in the prime of their careers and now have a wealth of post-season experience.
If GM Jon Daniels feels an upgrade is necessary, he could pursue a first baseman or outfielder this winter. I think they're fine with Mitch Moreland (.259 BA, 16 HR, 51 RBI) and David Murphy (.275 BA, 11 HR, 46 RBI) at the bottom of the lineup but if they can acquire another big bat without it cutting into the budget for pitching help and without it affecting team chemistry, they will be even scarier to face for opposing pitchers. Moreland and Murphy could be expendable at that point, although having some outfield depth is probably a good idea with the amount of injuries suffered by star players Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton over the past couple of years. There's not much help on the way in the upper minors but Leonys Martin is someone who could get some time in center field, especially if free agent Endy Chavez is not re-signed. Julio Borbon, who spent the majority of the season on the DL and in the minors, could also return to fill that role.
Can Holland be the staff ace in 2012?
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For the second consecutive season, the team could lose it's #1 starter to free agency. Cliff Lee left after the 2010 season to sign with the Phillies. Unless a certain Yankees pitcher opts out of his contract in the next few days, C.J. Wilson is expected to be the top pitcher available this season. The soon-to-be 31 year-old could command as much as $75M for five seasons. The question isn't whether the Rangers can afford it. They probably can. But do they feel Wilson is worth out-bidding a team that is willing to pay him crazy money? With the shortage of top-of-the-rotation starters available, we could very well see a team with deep pockets like the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs, or Nationals do just that.
If Wilson leaves, the team is left with a group of pitchers who made great strides in 2011. And like the lineup, they're in their prime and now playoff battle-tested. Derek Holland won 16 regular season games while posting a 3.95 ERA in 195 innings. His game four masterpiece in the World Series (8.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 7 K) proved that he can be an ace. The 25 year-old could get that chance in 2012. Alexi Ogando may have faded a bit down the stretch and struggled as reliever against St. Louis, but there's no question that he was one of the more dominant pitchers in the majors through his first 18 starts of the season (10-3, 2.72 ERA). Lefty Matt Harrison, who came into the season with a career 5.39 ERA in 225.1 career innings, won 14 games and posted a 3.39 ERA. Colby Lewis reached 200 innings for the second consecutive season and also won 14 games.
That quartet gives the Rangers good reason not to overpay for Wilson. If they fill the remaining spot in-house, Scott Feldman and Michael Kirkman would be the top candidates while top pitching prospects Neil Ramirez and Martin Perez could have an outside shot to win the spot early in the season. One scenario that hasn't been discussed lately is moving closer Neftali Feliz to the rotation. Unless they can acquire another All-Star caliber closer to take his place, it's highly doubtful that it happens.
Their post-season struggles aside, Mike Adams and Koji Uehara were two of the better setup men in baseball in 2011. However, they weren't good when it mattered most and that has to worry the Rangers. Lefties Mike Gonzalez and Darren Oliver are free agents, leaving the team with a huge void in that area. There aren't too many interesting names joining them on the market, meaning the Rangers will likely try to re-sign at least one of them. It also means other teams will be pursuing them aggressively. Hard-throwing Mark Lowe had a solid season and should remain an important part of the 'pen. Feldman could also play a key role if he's not in the rotation.
•UPDATE 11/15 - Daniels told MLBTR today that they are 'very open' to moving Feliz to the rotation if they aren't able to land a starting pitcher through free agency.
•UPDATE 11/21 - Former Twins closer Joe Nathan agreed to a two-year deal.
Offseason Needs: Left-Handed Reliever
Potential Position Battles: TBD