Last season: T-3rd, 96-66, .593
Pitching: 677 runs allowed (13), 3.79 ERA (13), 461 walks (7), 10 complete games (5), 19 shutouts (2)
Offense: 855 runs (3), .283 BA (1), 210 HR (2), 930 strikeouts (1), 475 (T-20), 143 stolen bases (5)
Game-changers: added RHP Yu Darvish (free agency), added RHP Joe Nathan (free agency)
.484 ERA and 14 saves; lost LHP C.J. Wilson (free agency), 16-7, 2.94 ERA and 206 K; lost CF Endy Chavez (free agency), .301 BA, 37 runs and 27 RBI
The Rangers already have one of the best offenses in baseball, so for 2012, the focus is on pitching. Essentially Yu Darvish comes in as a better C.J. Wilson. Although highly touted Japanese pitchers have frequently failed to live up to the hype (see Hideki Irabu and Daisuke Matzusaka), if Darvish can live up to at least some of his billing, he could best Wilson’s record and add several wins.
Plus, with the signing of Joe Nathan, Neftali Feliz will bolster the Rangers rotation.