For the finale of my Texas Rangers 2014 projection series, I'm taking a look at the team's expected bench for this coming season.
The Rangers' bench provides the club with respectable depth, featuring guys who bring different skill sets to the table. These players won't play much, but when they are in the lineup, they'll be able to contribute.
Just like having an elite bullpen, having four capable guys on the bench is critical to a championship team. Over the grueling grind of a 162-game season plus potentially the postseason, fresh bodies are needed. Texas' horses—Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, Elvis Andrus, Shin-Soo Choo and more—can't be lagging in the final week of the season.
Like the other Ranger projections, this one is assuming that no other additions are made to the bench. Of course, that could change in the next couple of weeks.
Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported—h/t to MLB Trade Rumors—that the Rangers are interested in bringing back utility man Jeff Baker to the bench. Fraley says that the level of interest in Baker is unknown, but I'm assuming that this is a move that wouldn't be too difficult to get done if Texas really wanted him.
Anyway, here is how I see the Rangers' bench panning out in 2014.