Thus far, the Texas Rangers have lost a whole lot more than they've gained.
Gone are Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young.
In are A.J. Pierzynski and Lance Berkman.
The bullpen has been reinforced with the additions of Joakim Soria, Jason Frasor and Josh Lindblom.
However, the offense has been seriously compromised.
The Rangers paid $10 million for a player in Berkman who appeared in only 32 games last season. He's coming off two surgeries to his right knee, and at 37 years old there's certainly no guarantee the knee will hold up for an entire season, even if he only sees time as a designated hitter.
General manager Jon Daniels spoke in cryptic terms regarding Berkman's health.
“If he’s on the field, if he’s healthy, he’s going to produce, he’s going to perform. I’m very confident,” Daniels said. “He’s a really good fit, and so I think from that standpoint, we were willing to take a little bit of the risks on the health side.”
Wow, Jon. That was a lot of ifs.
In addition, Pierzynski if coming a career year in terms of production, but can he repeat his performance at the age of 36?
The Rangers still don't have the top-shelf starter they've been seeking for the past three months. Yu Darvish, Matt Harrison, Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando and Martin Perez/Robbie Ross make up the starting rotation at this point. Colby Lewis and Nefali Feliz will likely both be sidelined for at least the first two months of the season.
Daniels can put whatever spin he wants on his team's chances for the 2013 season. It doesn't take away from the fact that thus far, this has been a failed offseason.