Texas Rangers: 5 Offseason Likelihoods

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Oct 9, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Texas Rangers pinch hitter

Mike Napoli

hits a RBI single against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 8th inning in game two of the ALDS at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers Likelihood #1: Cheap, High-Character Veterans Will Return

Even when fully healthy, the Texas Rangers have some major holes they need to address before spring training in March. As we will soon address, chances are slim the Rangers are going to go all-in on a premium free agent this season – either in free agency or by trade.

But that doesn’t mean the Texas Rangers won’t be active.

Look for Jon Daniels to go after some inexpensive, high-character veterans to add the team. They can provide some low-risk alternatives, insurance, and/or stability to an already strong clubhouse.

Two incumbents who specifically fit the bill are Mike Napoli and starting pitcher, Colby Lewis.

Napoli was a star of the Rangers World Series team of yesteryear and after a late-season trade, he was a sparkplug to the squad from just last season. He’s a fan favorite and a club favorite, who not only adds to the character of the team, but offers plenty in versatility as well.

Napoli’s days as a catcher are over but he’s proved his value as a first baseman, outfielder, and designated hitter. He provides a right handed bat to a lineup rich in lefties. At age 34, he’ll never be a “good” fielder again but his willingness to do anything at a moment’s notice is invaluable to a fluid lineup like Jeff Banister’s Rangers.

Colby Lewis, the winningest Rangers pitcher of 2015, is another player in the winter of his career. Despite his advanced age, Lewis has been a valuable player in the Texas Rangers organization for years and there is absolutely nothing that says that won’t continue next season.

Throwback Column: Colby Lewis Proving to be Invaluable to the Rangers

Both players are said to be looking for 2-year deals and considering how important they can be to the Rangers, two years may be easy to digest given their moderate salary demands.

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