Nothing is more fun than wild speculation. With less than 2 weeks before the first meaningful game of what I think will be a magical Texas Rangers season, I give you my 2013 25-man Roster.
No real surprises here. The 5th spot in the rotation was the only question mark going into Spring Training. The leading candidate Martin Perez was injured by a line drive knocking him from contention and paving the way for last year’s breakout bullpen star Robbie Ross to join the rotation.
This is by far the hardest group of players to predict. I would not be surprised at all if the Rangers make a move for bullpen help before the season starts. I think the Rangers will keep two lefties in the bullpen with Kirkman and Joe Ortiz. My biggest question marks are Tanner Scheppers (who has struggled this Spring) and Nick Tepesch who before this year was relatively unknown but has had a great Spring and has been reportedly been considered for the 5th starter spot.
A.J. could prove to be a nice upgrade over the catcher position last year and having Geovany Soto as your backup catcher aint half bad.
Lance Berkman – DH
Veteran Jeff Baker has had a terrific spring and with Mike Olt being sent to the minor leagues today I think he has earned a spot on the bench. We know how Wash feels about veterans. My biggest surprise here is that the Rangers would carry Garcia and Baker. This is a long shot but I think the Rangers love the speed Garcia offers and would like to have a shortstop on the bench to avoid tired players like last year.
Having the ability to play Leonys (L-R) or Gentry (R-R) in CF is a nice option. Both guys have had great moments in Spring Training and I can’t see them sending either down. David Murphy is going to have his shot to play LF full-time.
There you go, there is a 100% chance that this won’t be the roster come March 31st but if it is, you all owe me 100 bucks.
Let me know your thoughts in the comment section, who’d I leave off? Who’s Jeff Baker?