After several years of irrelevance, GM Jon Daniels finally earned his paycheck at the trade deadline last year. Along with their stellar first round of the Rule 4 draft, thanks to the prospects picked up at the deadline, the Rangers have one of the best farm systems in the game. Daniels has also had a very good off-season.
Here are his off-season moves:
-Signed pitcher Sidney Ponson to minor league contract.
-Signed outfielder Kevin Mench to a minor league contract.
-Signed pitcher Jason Jennings to a one-year contract.
-Signed pitcher Eddie Guardado to a one-year contract.
-Signed pitcher Kazuo Fukumori to a two-year contract with a club option for 2010
-Signed infielder Edgardo Alfonzo to a minor league contract
-Acquired first baseman Ben Broussard from the Seattle Mariners for infielder Tug Hulett
-Acquired outfielder Josh Hamilton from the Reds for pitcher Edison Volquez
SP1: Kevin Millwood
SP2/3/4: Kason Gabbard/Jason Jennings/Vincente Padilla
SP5: Luis Mendoza
CL/SUM: Joaquin Benoit/C.J. Wilson
DH: Frank Catalanotto
C: Jarrod Saltalamacchia/Gerald Laird
1B: Ben Broussard/Jason Botts
2B: Ian Kinsler
SS: Michael Young
3B: Hank Blalock
LF: Marlon Byrd
CF: Josh Hamilton
RF: Milton Bradley
Easiest- The Rangers will finish in third place.
Boldest- The Rangers' team ERA will be over 6.00 for the season.
Team MVP/Best Season- Michael Young (20-25 HR, +.320 AVG.)
Best Pitcher/Breakout Player- Kason Gabbard (9-12 wins, sub-4.oo ERA)