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2012 Record: 93-69 (2nd in AL West, Lost to Baltimore Orioles in AL Wild Card game)
Key Additions (Courtesy of Baseball Prospectus): RHP Joakim Soria, C A.J. Pierzynski, 1B Lance Berkman, RHP Derek Lowe
Key Departures: RHP Scott Feldman, LHP Koji Uehara, RHP Roy Oswalt, C/1B Mike Napoli, RHP Mark Lowe, OF Josh Hamilton, RHP Ryan Dempster, LHP Mike Adams, IF Michael Young
Outlook: The Texas Rangers have been able to have their way with the AL West over the past couple of seasons, which has propelled them to a pair of World Series appearances.
However, with the departure of several key pieces from those teams, the Rangers won't have enough to make up for it.
The biggest blows are the departures of Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Michael Young. Many Rangers fans will play this off as the team getting younger and wiser, but will that make them contenders?
To replace that production, the Rangers will lean heavily on Nelson Cruz, Adrian Beltre and Lance Berkman.
While Cruz played in 159 games a season ago (according to Baseball-Reference), he's had a history of hamstring and quadriceps injuries that have landed him on the disabled list six times in his eight-year career, according to Baseball Prospectus.
Adrian Beltre and Lance Berkman are consistent contributors as well—however, Beltre will turn 34 in April and Berkman was limited to 32 games with the St. Louis Cardinals last season.
The pitching will survive, as the Rangers have rebuilt the team from the 10-9 glory days they used to endure in the early 2000s. Yet, their best hope may be for top prospects Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt to make an early-season debut in order to reclaim the American League West championship.