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While Vladimir Guerrero defied pretty much everyone's expectations in 2010, the Rangers would be foolish to bring him back for $9 million in 2011.
His final state line - .300 avg, 29 HRs, and 115 RBI's - is very deceiving when you consider the fact that Vladdy hit just 9 HRs and 40 RBIs with an OPS of just .748 after the all star break. His abysmal post season should seal the deal when it comes to whether or not the Rangers should bring him back.
There are a few options at DH that the Rangers could consider.
Probably the biggest name that could become available this off season is Prince Fielder of the Milwaukee Brewers. Prince has just one year left on his current deal, and becomes a free agent in 2012. It's all but certain that he won't be back in Milwaukee.
The time is right for the Brewers to trade him now. Waiting until the 2011 deadline could backfire if Adrian Gonzalez becomes available. His presence would trump Fielder's when it comes to big name teams willing to shell out the prospects.
However, questions of Fielders "off year" and quite large girth, combined with the free agent first baseman market of Adam Dunn and Carlos Pena have definitely hurt Fielder's value. There's no NL team who would trade for him, and there are only a few AL teams with a hope of extending him past next season.
However, the Rangers are one of those teams.
The Brewers have already made it clear that they're looking for starting pitching who'll make an impact in 2011. While it doesn't look like the Rangers would be willing to move players like CJ Wilson, Tommy Hunter, or Colby Lewis, the Rangers have a number of solid pitching prospects waiting in the wings.
Pitching prospects like Martin Perez, Tanner Scheppers, and Wilmer Font could all be names that are tossed around.
From what I've heard of Perez, he's the next Johan Santana in the making, so I don't see the Rangers being too inclined to move him,
However both Scheppers and Font had somewhat questionable years in the minors this year, and despite their talent, could find themselves on the move.
The Rangers also have players along the lines of Derek Holland, Scott Feldman, Michael Kirkman, and Matt Harrison who are all potential starters next year. One or more of them could be used as trade bait. One thing is abundantly clear: the Rangers have great depth when it comes to pitching.
Players like Corey Hart or Jose Bautista could find themselves on the move before the trading deadline in 2011, and are potential options at the DH position.
The Red Sox haven't yet extended David Ortiz or picked up his option, and while it's been widely speculated he'll be back with Boston, if he became available he would certainly be a good option.
Manny Ramirez is also a free agent, and while I wouldn't necessarily suggest any team sign him, he could be a potential avenue for the Rangers.
Unless the Rangers plan on waiting even longer for Chris Davis, they'll need to address the DH position in some form or another.