Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Resolution: Focus on what they have, not what they lost.
It's been a tough offseason for the Rangers, as they have parted ways with Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, Ryan Dempster, Mike Adams and Michael Young, while missing out on a number of free-agency targets.
They have signed A.J. Pierzynski to offset some of the lost production, but as a team they would appear to be trending downward after a late-season collapse last year and a tough winter.
However, the Rangers still have the pieces to contend with a solid starting rotation, deep bullpen improved by the signing of Joakim Soria and a lineup that still features Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus, Nelson Cruz and MVP candidate Adrian Beltre.
That group should also get a boost from two of the top offensive prospects in the game in Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt. So while they may not be quite as scary on paper, the Rangers are still a team with plenty of reason for optimism entering 2013.