2016 Texas Rangers Wish List


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#3- Bullpen

The modern game of baseball dictates that you must have a solid bullpen in order to succeed. If you do not have multiple quality arms coming out of the bullpen you will not go far in the season or in the playoffs. With that being said, the Rangers have a need in the relief pitching area like most teams around the league.

The closer Shawn Tolleson had a nice year for the Rangers totaling 35 saves for the team. The team turned the corner in late August and early September. From September on, the Rangers had a bullpen ERA of 1.99 in 86 innings. Sam Dyson, who the team acquired from the Marlins has turned the corner, and Keone Kela and Jake Diekman had also blossomed as pitchers. Dyson throws heavy, bowling ball like sinkers that top out in the high 90’s. He will be a force for the Rangers in 2016.

The Rangers need another top arm or two. One of which should be left-handed. The team did struggle slightly against left-handed batters and getting them out. There are rumors the team is interested in Brian Matusz from the Orioles. Matusz is still under contract and the team would need to make a deal happen.

Tom Gorzelanny, Franklin Morales, and Oliver Perez are all free agents and could be of interest to the Rangers. The Rangers will probably be limited in spending too much money on bullpen free agents. They will instead look for bargain priced pitchers and hope to cultivate them into reliable relievers. They have a solid nucleus of relief pitchers, but could always use a few more.

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