Texas Rangers 2012-2013 Off-Season: A Look Back

by Collin Budd | Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013
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After the historic collapse last season, the Texas Rangers relinquished their season long hold on first place and ended up losing the AL West to the Oakland A’s. After the Baltimore Orioles finished off the Rangers in the playoffs, the 2012 season ended very swiftly for a team that had hopes of returning to the World Series for the third straight year. After the season, there were many question marks surrounding the team’s roster and many wondered how the off-season would play out.

This past off-season was one of the busiest for the Rangers in a long time. With the contracts of superstar Josh Hamilton and fan favorite Mike Napoli expiring, the Rangers faithful knew the 2013 Rangers would look a lot different. Below is a sum of the Rangers key off-season departures and arrivals and how they have preformed through the first month of the regular season.

 Catchers:

Depart:
Mike Napoli   .274 AVG 4 HR 26 RBI .330 OBP
Yorvit Torrealba   .300 AVG 0 HR 4 RBI .481 OBP (Only 9 games played)
Arrive:
A.J. Pieryzynski   .299 AVG 4 HR 11 RBI .324 OBP

 Infielders:

Depart:
Michael Young   .316 AVG 1 HR 5 RBI .381 OBP
Arrive:
Lance Berkman   .333 AVG 2 HR 14 RBI .472 OBP
Jeff Baker   .333 AVG 1 HR 4 RBI .444 OBP (Only 9 games played)

Outfielders:

Depart:
Josh Hamilton   .225 AVG 2 HR 8 RBI .281 OBP
Arrive:
None

Pitchers:

Depart:
Mike Adams 1-2 W/L 4.00 ERA 14 SO 1.44 WHIP
Ryan Dempster 0-2 W/L 3.38 ERA 33 SO 1.13 WHIP
Scott Feldman 0-3 W/L 4.50 ERA 10 SO 1.79 WHIP
Koji Uehara 0-0 W/L 2.08 ERA 11 SO 0.69 WHIP
Arrive:
Nick Tepesch 1-1 W/L 3.07 ERA 13 SO 1.23 WHIP
Joe Ortiz 2-1 W/L 1.42 ERA 11 SO 0.87 WHIP
Derek Lowe 1-0 W/L 4.82 ERA 6 SO 1.18 WHIP

Although the Rangers had to depart with some of the key players that helped lead them to the playoffs the last three seasons, the Rangers still believe they can contend with the pieces that they acquired. Through the acquisition of Berkman, , Pierzynski, and some of the Rangers rookie pitchers, this team still feels like it can make a deep playoff push come October. Obviously there is still plenty of baseball to be played but with dumping close to $30 million in payroll by not resigning Napoli and Hamilton and trading away Young (Texas will still pay $10 million of his contract this season) the Rangers find themselves with an opening day payroll of about $8 million less than last season, allowing themselves the flexibility to be buyers as the trade deadline approaches.

Salary information is courtesy of ESPN and Steve The Ump Baseball forum

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Collin Budd
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Freelance writer covering the MLB since 2011. Senior Writer for Baseball Hot Corner. Lover of all things except spiders and those who believe a hot dog is not a sandwich.







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