The team isn't that far off from being a World Series contender again, considering the Nelson Cruz suspension dented the run production.
As for the realistic moves the Rangers can make, they must come at the best prices. For example, a dream scenario would be signing both Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury while still maintaining close to the same 2013 payroll of $112 million.
But only signing McCann and re-signing other Rangers seems the most realistic.
With a plethora of free agents available, the Rangers could throw offers at the best. Robinson Cano is set to test the free-agent market, but he might not be a realistic signing. His asking price will be far too high, and the Rangers already have Ian Kinsler and Jurickson Profar capable of playing second base.
Finding a realistic trade for the Rangers to make is also key. They could realistically pursue David Price if they choose to part with a player like Profar. Trying to trade for Giancarlo Stanton might be more of a reach because the Marlins seem highly unlikely to part with him.
With all this taken into consideration as well as re-signing players from the 2013 squad, here is a look at realistic moves the Rangers should consider to make in the offseason.
Young makes it as an honorable mention realistic move for the Rangers because he has been rumored to retire. He's a career .300 hitter, but might sacrifice the feat if he wants to win a World Series.
The Rangers could sign Young to a one-day contract for him to retire, but they could also make an offer for him to try and win that elusive World Series with the club.
The Rangers can realistically re-sign Nelson Cruz at the right price. Coming off the 50-game suspension, his free-agency stock took a huge hit.
Michael Florek of the Dallas Morning News reported Cruz's desire to re-sign in a late September article.
“I want to be back,” Cruz said. “(But) I don’t have control over that. They’ve got to make a decision.”
Unless the Rangers chose not to make the right offer for Cruz, he will realistically return to Arlington.
Brian McCann is all the power the Rangers need and want. Since the first day of the Rangers offseason, McCann still continues to be linked with the team.
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported the Rangers continued interest in an early October article.
The Rangers have repeatedly tried to trade for McCann, according to sources, and had scouts following the Braves closely, apparently to watch McCann.
With McCann high on the list, general manager Jon Daniels will most likely go after the catcher who has played all nine years in the MLB with the Atlanta Braves. The want by the Rangers for McCann and a bat makes signing him a realistic option.
In December of 2012 A.J. Pierzynski signed with the Rangers for $7.5 million. A year later and a year older Pierzynski could realistically come back for less.
With his buddy Alex Rios in the outfield Pierzynski might have a strong desire to remain in Texas. Even if the Rangers do go after Brian McCann, the Rangers could still very easily sign Pierznyski too. This would give the team a chance to let Pierzynski rest his legs and designate hit more.
The Rangers could also re-sign Pierzynski while not going after McCann. There was plenty of production from the catcher's position in 2013, the Rangers might want a shakeup.
Kendrys Morales brings all the power to the Rangers that they lacked during the 2013 season.
Last season, Morales hit for a .277 batting average with 23 home runs and 80 RBIs. Clearly numbers that shouldn't be ignored this offseason. Even as Morales has been used primarily as a designated hitter with the Mariners, he started 31 games at first base with the team.
Realistically, signing Morales would create much needed competition for several field positions and lineup spots. Mitch Moreland ended up with 23 home runs in 2013 but he hit for a .232 batting average. He also had 20 RBIs less than Morales.
Morales could also create competition for players the Rangers choose to re-sign and sign. If the Rangers have Cruz, McCann and Pierzynski, Morales makes the DH spot highly competitive.
Realistically, the Rangers would only sign Morales if they are unable to get all of the above mentioned players.
Matt Garza was a failed trade deadline experiment. The Rangers would realistically let him go in the offseason.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News believes Garza is highly unlikely to return as he mentions in an October Q&A.
I believe he's [Garza] gone. The Rangers were not impressed.
Garza didn't prove to be a strong starter that the Rangers had hoped for. The team would need to find another starting pitcher if they do part with Garza.
The Rangers can realistically trade for David Price. The team is all too familiar with the success that Price has had in the MLB and he's considered a "big fish" in the offseason pond.
Realistically, the Rangers would need to trade Profar for Price. However, they have many prospects that could be great trade bait. Jorge Alfaro and slugger Joey Gallo are a couple of names that the Rangers could offer.
As mentioned before, Garza does not seem likely to return to the Rangers. The Rangers do have the prospects, and general manager Jon Daniels does need to supply the team with another starting pitcher.
Daniels has enough in the farm system to put together a realistic offer for Price.