A lot of fans are wondering what the Rangers’ blueprint for success in this winter meetings is (if indeed they actually have a plan).
They do. They are calling it “forced discipline.” It’s how they claim they built their World Series team in 2010 on a budget of just $65 million.
Here is Evan Grant’s article that talks about it.
Having a plan is wonderful. Having discipline is smart. But to me the difference between 2010 and 2016 is the team isn’t bankrupt. Then again, maybe the owners are trying to keep it from ending up that way again.
But when you start looking at the cost of talent in baseball, some of these contracts the Rangers are stuck with that looked crazy aren’t so crazy anymore.
Soon, even Elvis won’t be overpaid. His $15 million a year will soon be the going price of mediocre. It probably won’t be for a few more years, and by then it might be too late to dump him.
All we can do is have faith that Daniels will have one of his good years, like last year, and the Rangers will make some moves when it is more obvious what kind of team they have in front of them.
That seems to be their M.O. now.
It’s forcing all us fans to be patient.