After a disastrously disappointing 2014 season in which the Texas Rangers finished 67-95, dead last in the American League West, the Rangers bounced back in 2015 to usurp the Houston Astros down the stretch and win the AL West crown by two games with a record of 88-74. With the state of Texas suddenly featuring more than one competitive baseball team, the Rangers now have to battle not only for the AL West crown, but for the title of top team in the Lone Star state.
The 2015-2016 offseason has been relatively quiet for the Rangers, with the biggest move coming in the form of an early-offseason trade with the Seattle Mariners that sent center fielder Leonys Martin and reliever Anthony Bass to Seattle in return for outfielder James Jones, reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, and 3B/OF prospect Patrick Kivlehan. Other notable acquisitions include outfielder Justin Ruggiano, reliever Tony Barnette, and starting pitchers Cesar Ramos and A.J. Griffin. Without making many major changes to the big-league team, the Rangers hope to be ready for another run at the postseason in 2016.