Texas Rangers Building for the Long Run
Jul 07, 2013 10:15AM
● By Todd Kaufmann
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After a rough start from Yu Darvish on Saturday night against the Houston Astros, a lot of the Texas Rangers fan base has started to give their own knee jerk reactions to what this team is and what they should be.
While there’s nothing wrong with expecting great things from this organization, especially since this fan base didn’t expect much of anything from them over the last few decades, there has been excitement around Rangers Ballpark since their back-to-back trips to the World Series in 2011 and 2012.
What they shouldn’t expect is for this team to become the Florida, now called Miami, Marlins. They aren’t going to build a World Series team by paying for the best players in baseball only to tear it apart a year later just because their fans want a World Series championship to celebrate.
General manager Jon Daniels, and the rest of the front office, have built the best minor league system in baseball and they aren’t ready to trade away some of their best prospects just to bring in pieces that might be here for six months to a year to a year and a half.
What they have right now might feel a little rough. What they are dealing with might seem a little frustrating. But, at the end of the day, the here and now isn’t what this organization is concerned with. They want a Texas Rangers team to be at the top of the American League, and at the top of baseball, for the long run, not just one a single season.
There are a few weeks left until the July trade deadline and the Rangers are certainly not going to sit this out. There are moves that are going to need to be made, but they aren’t going to give up their best players just to get one piece that may or may not help this ballclub.
With names like Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Matt Garza, Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy and outfielder Alex Rios that all seem to have things this Rangers’ team needs, the biggest question is what these two teams may want in return, especially when it comes to Garza?
What I would say to this fan base is to be patient. As of July 7th, this team is only a half game out of first place behind the Oakland Athletics. However, don’t look now but the Los Angeles Angels are figuring out that they are actually supposed to be a good baseball team and they’re playing like it.
As long as Texas can stay in the race to the end of the season, and get themselves into the playoffs, it’s what they do then that matters the most. It’s not the best team in the playoffs that usually wins the championship, it’s who gets hot at the right time and this Texas Rangers’ club has the ability to do just that.
Let’s hold off on the knee jerk reactions because they lost one game to the Houston Astros. They are going to win games and they are going to lose games. As long as they stay in the race and not let the A’s get too far in front, they can still make a run at the exact right time.
The next few weeks are going to be very telling about what this organization wants to do. Will they spend on Matt Garza or Jake Peavy or will they get just a few small pieces to keep them afloat to October?