The Top Five Questions Facing the Texas Rangers in 2009

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The Top Five Questions Facing the Texas Rangers in 2009
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With all the talk of A-Rod taking steroids his entire career in Texas, people are overlooking the fact that the Rangers have a chance to compete for the AL West division in 2009 (a feat they never accomplished with the highest paid player in baseball).

As the 2009 season begins, there are many challenges that face the Rangers. Texas has consistently had some of the worst pitchers in baseball, while having some of the best hitters. Will this change in 2009?

Texas has also had great success in producing young infielders, but their farm system has lacked outfielders and pitchers.

When they do get quality pitchers, they are usually traded away to provide success to other teams (Chris Young (SD), Edinson Volquez (CIN), and John Danks (CHW) to name a few. Can their young pitchers produce for Texas this season?

Texas has also made many quiet off-season moves. They didn't sign Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, or AJ Burnett, but they did sign Omar Vizquel and Andruw Jones to minor league contracts. How will that pan out for them?

These are just a few of the questions the Rangers face in 2009.

And here are the Top 5 Questions Facing the Rangers as Spring Training arrives:

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