With Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli heading elsewhere as free agents this winter, the Texas Rangers have lost two guys who combined to hit 67 home runs in 2012.
The Rangers need to add some power to their lineup, and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News says that's precisely what they aim to do:
Spoke with a source today who said both the Rangers and Mariners prefer power over speed as they look to add a hitter.— Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) December 20, 2012
With Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com and Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM reporting that the Rangers have agreed to terms with A.J. Pierzynski, who hit a career-high 27 home runs in 2012, their need for power has been partially filled.
But only partially. The Rangers still have work to do to completely replace the power they've lost this winter, and to do so, they must consider all their options on both the free-agent and trade markets.
Since the Rangers have a fair amount of money to spend and a deep collection of desirable trade chips, the good news is that there may be plenty of doors out there still open to them.