Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Fire sale time, Texas style

The news out of Arlington, Texas, this week was status quo, which for the 2007 Texas Rangers means bad news.

First baseman Mark Teixeira is on the DL for the first time in his career and there are rumors of his and first-year manager Ron Washington's relationship being beyond repair.

Maybe it's time for the Rangers' brass to find a direction for this team and stick with it. Texas has a nice corps of young infielders, but the Rangers have undermined themselves with a total lack of pitching and an outfield that is showing its age quickly.

With no other team in the AL West anywhere near as bad as the Rangers this season, it's past time for Texas to send what little bit of trade bait -- Teixeira, Kenny Lofton, Brad Wilkerson -- packing and get something resembling major league pitching in return. Otherwise settle in for a long summer and potentially longer offseason.


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