Well, it’s a good thing the season doesn’t start today. Never mind the Rangers wouldn’t have a complete ballpark to play in. They wouldn’t have a complete team to play in it.
With nothing else to write about, TR Sullivan released his first 2020 Rangers Opening Day Projected Roster on mlb.com.
Here is his projected rotation, which isn’t a suprise: Corey Kluber, Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, Kyle Gibson, Jordan Lyles.
Remember, this year the roster expands to 26, with the stipulation that no more than thirteen can be pitchers. So, with five starters, most teams will carry eight relievers.
Sullivan projects this will be the Rangers opening day bullpen: Right-handers Jose Leclerc, Rafael Montero, Jesse Chavez, Luke Farrell, and Nick Goody. And left-handers Joely Rodriguez, Brett Martin, and Jeffery Springs.
This is where it’s good the season isn’t starting today.
Cathers: Jose Trevino, Jeff Mathis. Then he notes, “They are clearly examining alternatives to the weak-hitting Mathis. They also don’t seem eager to take a leap of faith and go with Trevino after his promising rookie season.” Rock, meet hard place.
1B: Ronald Guzman. With no prospects in the pipeline, the Rangers will need to make a deal in order to upgrade at this position.
2B: Rougned Odor. Rangers fans need to realize he isn’t going anywhere. He has a contract.
SS: Elvis Andrus. He didn’t opt out. Can he step up and be the leader this team needs? Besides, the Rangers have nobody in the system ready to step in. They literally don’t have a backup shortstop. So, as of now, Elvis is playing all nine innings of all 162 games.
3B: Oh, and Elvis is going to need to cover third as well. The Rangers don’t have a third baseman. They will try a novel approach to the shift. Just shade their shortstop a bit toward third and have him man both positions.
Outfield: Willie Calhoun, Danny Santana, Joey Gallo, Scott Heineman. It’s an upgrade in center simply with addition by subtraction. Of course, Texas is still talking to Nicholas Castellanos and Marcel Ozuna among others.
DH: This is as much of a no-brainer as SS. This will be Choo. But, unlike at SS where the Rangers have absolutely nobody else, Texas has more true DHs than they have at-bats in the DH slot.
Bench: Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Nick Solak.
That leaves thirteen pitchers and twelve position players, meaning the Rangers need to add someone.
Like a third baseman.
Good thing the season doesn’t start today.