The Texas Rangers entered this free-agency period in an interesting situation: They're still talented enough to compete for a World Series title, but there was something intangibly missing from their roster down the stretch in 2012. Caught and then passed by the surprising Oakland A's on the last game of the regular season, the club flamed out in the one-game wild card, losing to Baltimore at home to bring a season of promise to a quick and almost expected end.
So now, general manager Jon Daniels and president Nolan Ryan have to look at a landscape that could see them lose two of their biggest cogs: superstar outfielder Josh Hamilton and gritty power-hitting catcher Mike Napoli.
While both struggled in comparison to 2011, they were each still productive and their losses would be blows to a Ranger team that figured to battle the Los Angeles Angels for supremacy in the American League West. But all is not necessarily lost, particularly given the often maddening lapses in focus from the enigmatic Hamilton.
That said, Texas would have to move in a different direction to offset those possible losses. Here are five ways I think they can do just that.