There were plenty of surprises in Major League Baseball this year. The New York Mets historic run, coming out of nowhere to clinch the National League title, was very memorable. The Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs also had great runs at making the playoffs in 2015. Each of those three teams are very young, and they could very easily be perennial playoff teams.
The Texas Rangers surprised all by coming out of nowhere to win the American League West. In late July the team was hovering around the .500 mark and it looked like a long season, but after the acquisition of Cole Hamels, the team started to play much better. They passed the Astros in the standings and went on to almost advance in the ALDS.
Finishing with a 88-74 record, the Rangers made the playoffs and were poised to go deep into October. This despite losing ace pitcher Yu Darvish early in Spring Training. The team ultimately lost on a crazy seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays that will go down in history of one of the strangest innings in postseason history. Three Rangers errors, a catcher’s throwing error that hit a batter in the box and a Jose Bautista epic bat flip cap off the memorable inning that essentially ended the Rangers season.
The Rangers have some issues that need to be addressed if they plan on taking the next step in their franchises growth. They presently have almost $120 million committed to 10 players. Texas has some payroll issues, and you have to wonder how much flexibility they have on the open market. Let’s take a look at their wish list and exactly how they can address each issue.