Opening Day is less than three weeks away, and the Texas Rangers still have the same storylines as they did going into spring training.
The fifth starter spot remains an open competition. Nobody has emerged as a favorite to win the center field job, although Leonys Martin and Craig Gentry are off to impressive starts. And the bullpen remains a mystery outside of Joe Nathan, Jason Frasor and Michael Kirkman, who essentially has won a job with a strong spring to date.
There are players remaining on the free-agent market who could help, namely pitcher Kyle Lohse, but don’t expect the Rangers to make any significant acquisitions between now and March 31.
“I would expect the 25 will come out of that room,” president of baseball operations/general manager Jon Daniels said on Tuesday morning, pointing to the clubhouse. “I never 100-percent rule out an external acquisition and we do our due diligence and make our calls and things come about, but you’ve got to be prepared to go in-house.”
Daniels touched on a variety of baseball-related subjects, but not the ongoing Nolan Ryan saga, with reporters.