Welcome to the 11th of 30 "2008 Team Previews
", where I'm - you guessed it! - offering up a little preview of the 2008 season for each of the teams. Nothing super fancy, (I'm not writing books here munecas), just a few notes on what major moves the teams made over the winter and a thought or two on their upcoming season. I'm going in reverse order of 2007 standings, so next up is....Texas Rangers
2007 Record: .463 (75-87), last place in AL West
2006 Record: .494 (80-82), 3rd place in AL West
Who’s Out: Sammy Sosa (OF), Victor Diaz (OF), Freddy Guzman (OF), Tug Hulett (INF), Nick Gorneault (OF), Chris Shelton (P), Jason Jennings (P), Armando Galarraga (P)
Who's In: Chris Shelton (INF), Ben Broussard (1B), Milton Bradley (OF), Kazuo Fukumori (P), Eddie Guardado (P), Michael Hernandez (OF), Josh Hamilton (CF)
Notes: If you're an Angels/Mariners/A's fan, there's no need for you to be too worried about your team winding up in last place in 2008 - and if you're a Rangers fan, I hope you're ready for yet another year of non-contention. The Rangers showed they were serious about this continued rebuilding phase by ditching Tiexiera last season, and they continued this year by doing their best to hoard as many prospects as they possibly could. Their pitching last year was ABYSMAL: every pitcher who made nine or more starts ended with a losing record. That is so ridiculous I can barely wrap my mind around it. Kevin Millwood is going to be have to be the default "ace", and they have a gigantic gaping hole in the bullpen left by Akinora Otsuka - he missed the last half of the 2007 season and wasn't offered a new contract this year. Their offense is halfway decent with guys like Madhouse Milton and Josh "If Your Cold Dead Hearts Aren't Warmed By My Comeback Story, You Are as Good as Dead in YC's Eyes" Hamilton, but no one is expecting this team to do much this year other than work on their farm.
Since I decided to do these previews in reverse order of 2007 win-loss records, these first 10 (and I imagine the next few) have been, to be blunt, a bit on the boring side for me. Rebuilding, stocking up on prospects, look out for them in 5 years, yada yada yada. I know that if it was the Yankees that were in rebuilding mode I would be thrilled about the future and following their farm - I'd be able to write scores of pages as a preview. Unfortunately, I simply don't have anything thrilling to say about this team. Que triste ... y lo siento. Pero no hay nada sobre que puedo escribir.
Rangers fans, if you're out there, comment away on what you've got to look forward to in 2008. Good luck.
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