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When a catcher like J.P. Arencibia, who hit 21 home runs last season, is listed as your backup catcher, you have to feel comfortable with the team you are fielding.
That is the case for the Texas Rangers, who have always found ways to replace big-name players in the last few years.
When they traded away Kinsler this offseason, they attained something they lost when Josh Hamilton left a year before: a power-hitting lefty. Prince Fielder will fit perfectly in the Texas lineup as it attempts to get back to the playoffs in 2014.
In regard to free agency, their greatest signing this year was outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, who had been a staple in the Cincinnati Reds lineup for the last few seasons.
Choo knocked 21 home runs and batted .285 with the Reds last season. Over his nine-year career, he owns a .288 batting average. However, it is his career .389 on-base percentage that has Texas so high on this guy.
Choo's ability to get on base will give Fielder plenty of runs to drive in through 2014, and there is great reason to believe Texas has the best offense in baseball.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre has been performing at a high level for years now, and he has not shown signs of slowing down. In 2013, he batted .315 with 30 home runs and 92 runs batted in. He has finished in the top 15 in MVP voting for four consecutive seasons. If he continues to perform that way this year, the Rangers have a shot at making it back to the World Series.
Their middle infield has the potential to be tremendous, with Elvis Andrus at shortstop and highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar set to take over the full-time role at second base.
Mitch Moreland will be the designated hitter for Texas in 2014, and he is the type of player you want as your DH. He has displayed great power, blasting 23 home runs in 2013 for the Rangers.
Texas also has Alex Rios in right field. Rios is a career .278 hitter, and he really came on strong with the Rangers when the White Sox traded him deep into the season last year. Rios collected 52 hits in 47 games with the Rangers, who hope he will continue to perform in 2014.
Often when we think of the best teams in baseball in 2014 we think of the Dodgers, the Tigers or the Red Sox again, but the statistics indicate that the Texas Rangers will be the most feared offense in 2014.