Review of the Texas Rangers Offseason

The 2012 offseason was remarkably active for many teams across the league. Some ballclubs, such as the Oakland Athletics, decided to punt the next couple seasons and acquire prospects to build towards a golden future, while others, such as the Reds, decided to go “all-in” on the 2012 season and traded away the farm for elite major league pitching, like Mat Latos and Sean Marshall. Other teams, like the Angels and the Tigers, decided to make huge financial investments to supplement an already capable team, in order to make a playoff push in the near future. Still other teams such as the New York Yankees chose a middle ground, trading a blocked prospect in Jesus Montero for the elite Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda, and purchasing the less-hyped starter Hiroki Kuroda.

The Rangers opted for the “huge financial investment” route, spending $126 million on Japanese superstar Yu Darvish, and former dominant closer Joe Nathan. The total outlay pales in comparison to the $214 million the Tigers spent on Prince Fielder, or the nearly $330 million the Angels spent on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, but its a significant investment nonetheless. The Rangers also made some peripheral financial investment moves, signing Nelson Cruz and Elvis Andrus to extensions. With that, let’s look at each of these transactions individually.

Feb 23, 2012; Surprise, AZ, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (center) throws during a workout at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

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