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1. Figure out the infield logjam.
With Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Jurickson Profar, the Rangers have three middle infielders capable of starting almost anywhere vying for two positions. They managed to shuffle things around throughout the 2013 season, but finding a permanent solution to this issue is a priority.
Kinsler and Andrus are both locked up long-term, and while the best solution seems to be shifting Kinsler to first base or left field, that has yet to happen. A trade is certainly an option as well, as the team likely does not want to use one of those three as its DH this season, but one way or another. the Rangers need to sort things out.
2. Re-sign Nelson Cruz.
The Rangers already have a replacement for Nelson Cruz in right field with their August acquisition of Alex Rios, but they could still look to bring him back.
Cruz has been one of the most prolific power hitters in the game over the past few years, and provided his production doesn't drop off post-PED suspension, his bat could make a good Rangers offense great. Re-signing him to DH seems like the best option, as he's subpar defensively, and his suspension may actually make him an easier sign.
3. Re-sign A.J. Pierzynski.
Though they are expected to be in the running for Brian McCann, chances are the Rangers won't be willing to pay quite as much as someone like the Yankees. As a result, bringing back A.J. Pierzynski on another short-term deal looks like their best option.
Top prospect Jorge Alfaro is the future behind the plate for the Rangers, but he's still at least a couple years off, so expect Pierzynski to be used as a bridge to him.
4. Make a splash to acquire a starter if the opportunity presents itself.
The Rangers have a terrific one-two punch atop their rotation in Yu Darvish and Derek Holland, and Martin Perez looks like a solid No. 3 option. They have plenty of options to fill out the staff from there, including a healthy Matt Harrison, but adding another impact arm could push them over the top.
Whether it's a trade for someone like David Price or another foray into the Japanese market and the signing of Masahiro Tanaka, the Rangers could put themselves among the AL favorites once again with a splash acquisition in the rotation.