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The Texas Rangers have yet to win a World Series since the franchise moved to Texas in 1972, but they have come close over the past few years. This winter, they made two moves that may finally help them win the elusive title.
Earlier this offseason, Texas dealt Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder. Adding Fielder and his 40-plus home run power to the Rangers lineup is a huge boost.
The move looks even better now that it is coupled with the team's addition of Shin-Soo Choo. The Rangers' new outfielder is an on-base machine, and he should provide Fielder and the rest of the lineup with a number of RBI opportunities.
Texas has also shored up the catching situation by re-signing Geovany Soto and adding J.P. Arencibia. These two should combine to be a good pair behind the plate.
Richard Justice of MLB.com has stated that by adding Choo, that the Rangers have become the top team in the American League.
In addition to these moves, the Rangers also brought in Michael Choice in a trade with the Oakland Athletics. Choice could be a breakout player this year and has had a strong track record as a prospect in the A's system. During his minor league career, he hit .290 and averaged 18 home runs a year over the past three seasons.
John Sickels of Minor League Ball wrote that Choice's best tool is his power and that he should be an above-average player in Texas.