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TGS SPECIAL REPORT...PLAY BALL! 2014 AL "FUTURES" TO WATCH!
by Bruce Marshall, Goldsheet.com Editor, and Daniel M. Gray. TGS Baseball Consultant


Continuing with our 2014 MLB Preview, we offer our American League forecast and recommendations on "futures" (over/under wins). Remember that beginning next week, TGS will provide featured MLB releases (Monday thru Saturday at 10:15 AM PDT) on Top Choice and Top Choice Plus (+), the latter featuring the daily TC plus two other featured releases, available online at www.goldsheet.com. As always, thanks to TGS Baseball Consultant Daniel M. Gray for his contributions.

Play ball!

AL EAST: BEST BET...When was the last time the New York Yankees (86 ½) were undervalued? While the baseball world suffers from bad case of Red Sox fever and the media concerns itself with Derek Jeter's retirement tour, GM Brian Cashman has quickly reassembled a contender in The Bronx. After struggling with sorts such as Lyle Overbay, Kevin Youkilis, and Vernon Wells to plug gaps a year ago, Cashman has presented skipper Joe Girardi with the likes of CF Jacoby Ellsbury, RF Carlos Beltran, and C Brian McCann to better fill out the lineup card this season and to help cushion the departure of 2B Robinson Cano to Seattle. The addition of supreme table-setter Ellsbury was critical, as in one blow the Yanks were able to weaken their eternal enemy Bosox while providing themselves with perhaps the bigs' best catalyst at the top of the order. It also signals a change in philosophy by Cashman, no longer simply hoping to outslug every opponent, as the new-look Yanks will put more of a premium on defense and manufacturing runs. Moreover, this season they also do not have to worry about the many distractions caused by A-Rod. Cashman also hopes his big-bucks signing of potential ace righthander Masahiro Tanaka (24-0 last season in Japan!) will bolster a staff that could use CC Sabathia bouncing back from a very subpar campaign (4.78 ERA), at least by his standards. There are some obvious potential trip wires beyond Sabathia, as 1B Mark Teixeira and Jeter are off injury-plagued years, and the projected lineup could consist entirely of players on the long side of 30 years old. One of those, however, 38-year-old Alfonso Soriano, could flourish in the DH role after hitting 17 homers following his trade-deadline acquisition from the Cubs in late July. Blame for the slowdown of the farm system also lies mostly at the feet of Cashman, although his response to last year's stumble was more sensible than what team prexy Hank Steinbrenner's dad might have done a generation ago. On paper, Cashman's roster upgrades look good...enough to look "over" in The Bronx.

OTHERS: We thought the price was too light a year ago on the Baltimore Orioles (80 ½) and were rewarded accordingly when the Birds stayed on the periphery of the wild card chase into September and handily cashed the "over" with 85 wins. But there is no room to stand still in the AL East, especially if the Yankees are rejuvenated and the Blue Jays improve as many expect. And there were also concerns throughout March in Sarasota relating to star 3B Manny Machado's slow recovery from knee surgery, which is likely to keep him out into May. As a result, Buck Showalter's likely opening-day lineup is filled with so many potential weak spots (such as David Lough in LF, Ryan Flaherty taking Machado's place at 3B, either ex-A Jemile Weeks or rookie Jonathon Schoop at 2B, and "all-attitude" Delmon Young at DH) that shrewd opposing pitchers can likely work around the likes of Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Chris Davis, and J.J. Hardy. We haven't even begun to mention the staff, which is crossing its fingers that late-signee Ubaldo Jimenez can anchor the rotation after his recent revival with the Indians; some observers believe Jimenez is more likely to regress to his later days in Colorado, as the shorter Camden Yards dimensions may prove much more problematic than the bigger park in Cleveland. Counting upon any help from the oft-injured Johan Santana (throwing slow toss-like in spring and at best available sometime in the summer) is not much more risky than trusting the rest of the staff, which is also gambling that Tommy Hunter can emerge as an effective closer after some success in a brief audition for the role late last season. Too many question marks to get excited, with Machado's absence for the first potion of the season and shaky pitching suggesting a sub-.500 campaign in Baltimore. It's an "under" for us in Birdland.

For the projected wins of a recent-memory World Series champion not named the Marlins to drop by nearly ten games is almost unprecedented. But the oddsmakers must suspect something is up, or is it down, with the Boston Red Sox (87 ½) after they streaked last year to their third crown since 2004. While manager John Farrell had little issue with the Boston press in last year's near full-season honeymoon, he could experience the notorious other side of the Beantown scribes this summer. The aforementioned loss of Jacoby Ellsbury to the Yankees could have a devastating impact on the lineup, which has no ready-made replacement at the top of the batting order. Farrell is also counting upon two rookies (SS Xander Bogaerts and CF Jackie Bradley) to step into the lineup full-time after they got limited exposure to the bigs a year ago. Bradley, in particular, struggled mightily in a brief debut, and Farrell might have to quickly resort to Plan B, vet Shane Victorino, to move from RF if Bradley falters again. There is still enough pop in the offense with 2B Dustin Pedroia, 1B Mike Napoli, and Big Papi at DH to score plenty of runs, but the real red flag for the Bosox is with the pitching staff, in particular if anything should happen to aces Clay Buccholz and Jon Lester. So thin is Farrell in depth that the likes of journeyman Chris Capuano and some untried prospects are all that is available (for the moment, at least) in reserve. More bullpen help was also necessitated in the offseason, resulting in the FA signing of Edward Mujica, who saved 37 games for the Cardinals last season before imploding in September, and is now available in case 38-year-old Koji Uehara is either worn down or proves not as impossible to hit as in his wondrous 2013. Farrell's ability to get the chemistry just right as he did last year is no easy task, perhaps further complicated by some key cogs (such as Lester and Ortiz) dealing with the distractions of their contract years. We know we're alienating Red Sox Nation, but it's an "under" for us at Fenway Park.

Having become the best-run franchise for the money in the AL since 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays (88 ½) have averaged over 90 wins since because of superb starting pitching, a fertile farm system, great managing by Joe Maddon, and a team-first approach by the franchise's leading players and pitchers. Now, the Rays might have fewer variables hanging over their heads than at any time during the past seven seasons. Although star lefty David Price is probably going elsewhere either at the trade deadline or at season's end, Tampa Bay will get at least part of one more outstanding season out of the ex-Vandy ace, and as usual there is plenty of depth in the staff, augmented by Matt Moore (17-4 last season), Alex Cobb, and the next possible phenom, Chris Archer, while Jeremy Hellickson's return date from elbow issues could be as early as mid-to-late May. Shrewd GM Andrew Friedman might have also lucked out in the offseason and upgraded his bullpen with the addition of ex-A's (and long-ago ex-Ray) FA closer Grant Balfour, who didn't pass an Orioles physical (only Peter Angelos knows why) and stayed on the market long enough for the Rays to slot him into the inconsistent Fernando Rodney's old role. Meanwhile, Friedman was rewarded by a couple of his typical Rays buy-low gambles a year ago when both 1B James Loney, who posted his best numbers since 2007, and LF David DeJesus, who appeared to be a late-season rental, were each signed to extended deals in the offseason and will continue to complement the likes of All-Star 3B Evan Longoria and 2013 Rookie of the Year and likely future All-Star CF Will Myers. So, while the media fawns as usual over the Red Sox and Yankees, the Rays are probably the division's best bet to make the postseason once again. It will make number one fan Dickie V. happy to know we're looking "over" again at The Trop as we are entertained as always by Dewayne Staats' excited description on Rays TV.

Last year at this time, many were getting ready to fit the Toronto Blue Jays (80 ½) with World Series rings. Didn't happen, and the playoff dry spell at Rogers Centre now extends to 21 years, back to Joe Carter's ninth-inning homer in Game Six of the '93 World Series off Mitch Williams and the Phillies. Along with the Maple Leafs' Stanley Cup drought at 47 years and counting, locals could be excused for turning their attention to the CFL Argos. Even after that big-contract mess in 2013, team prexy Paul Beeston is apparently giving GM Alex Anthopolous a mulligan, because much of last year's roster was back for another go this spring in Dunedin. Anthopolous wasn't nearly as active this offseason, hoping instead to get healthy years of out potential catalysts such as LF Melky Cabrera, SS Jose Reyes, and 3B Brett Lawrie, each hampered a year ago, while counting upon the likes of RF Jose Bautista, 1B Edwin Encarnacion, DH Adam Lind, and CF Colby Rasmus to keep hitting. Bash-ball might be the Jays' best chance, because we are a bit uncomfy with a pitching staff that has a lot of age at the top of the rotation (R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle) and a lot of questions thereafter, especially with the once-touted Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison off elbow surgeries. (Anthopolous would rather not rush top pitching prospects Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez.) We're not overly optimistic on a jump of seven or more wins above last season's mediocre 74-88 finish, but this could be a different team than a year ago if all of the pieces stay healthy. We'd rather pass at Rogers Centre...while keeping our eyes on the Argos.

AL CENTRAL: BEST BET...Maybe we're missing something, because we can't figure out why the Chicago White Sox (75 ½) are being priced more than 12 wins above their abysmal 63-99 finish, which was even three games worse than the crosstown Cubs. Windy City fans will thus likely have to keep themselves preoccupied with the Blackhawks and Bulls until the Bears open camp at Bourbannais in July. We suspect the propped-up wins projection is a remnant of the 85-win team of 2012 that pushed the Tigers into the last week of the season before surrendering in the Central. Make no mistake, however, the 2014 Chisox are in full rebuild mode. GM Rick Hahn got active in the offseason, shelling out more money for Cuban defector 1B Jose Abreu than the Dodgers did two years ago for Yasiel Puig, while also hoping that a pair of ex-Diamondbacks added in a three-way trade with the Angels, 3B Matt Davidson and CF Adam Eaton, will shine more brightly at The Cell than they did in Phoenix, where they failed to live up to expectations. Early returns are not necessarily encouraging, especially for the once-ballyhooed Davidson, who was beaten out by holdover Conor Gillaspie for the 3B job at Camelback Ranch. Much of the returning lineup saw its production tank in 2013, and how much longer manager Robin Ventura can endure DH Adam Dunn's strikeouts and slumps, and LF Dayan Viciedo's maddening inconsistencies, remains to be seen. Another of those who regressed last summer, 2B Gordon Beckham, likely opens the season on the DL with a strained oblique. And beyond ace lefty Chris Sale, there are nothing but question marks with the staff, where one-time ace John Danks has yet to fully recover from shoulder surgery two years ago and eats up almost $15 million in salary...for the next three years. Meanwhile, with Addison Reed shipped to Arizona in the Eaton-Davidson deal, new projected closer Nate Jones dealt with a strained muscle in his lower torso all spring. We don't even think Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone can bluff about being excited for the prospects on the South Side...it's an "under" for us at The Cell.

OTHERS: Lost in all of the talk about the Pittsburgh Pirates and their 20 straight losing campaigns heading into the last year, the Kansas City Royals (82 ½) had a streak of futility almost as bad, with only a brief uprising in 2003 breaking a near 20-season sub.-500 slump at Kauffman Stadium. And while the Royals' playoff drought endures (since the memorable '85 "Show Me State" World Series vs. the Cards), K.C. did break through with its first winning season in a decade in 2013, hanging in the wild card race until late September while finishing a very respectable 86-76. So, do the Royals back up this season, or contend? We suspect the latter, especially if a big bat emerges from within after no Royal hit more than 20 homers a year ago. Most likely to erupt is 3B Mike Moustakas, who regressed in 2013 after seeming on the verge of a breakout in 2012, and showing more confidence at the plate in March at Surprise after a productive winter playing ball in Venezuela. Meanwhile, a couple of shrewd trade additions, ex-Brewer CF Norichika Aoki (a capable leadoff hitter) and ex-Oriole 3B-DH Danny Valencia (who can mash lefties), plus FA ex-Tiger 2B Omar Infante (though nursing a sore elbow at the end of spring training), give skipper Ned Yost some improved lineup options. The talk of the Cactus league, however, was 22-year-old flamethrower Yordano Ventura, who hits triple digits on the speed gun and so impressed that he broke camp as the likely number two starter in the rotation behind James Shields, while Greg Holland emerged as one of the AL's most effective closers last season, at one stretch converting 31 save chances in a row. Lots to like in K.C. this summer besides the burnt ends at Arthur Bryant's BBQ, and the entertaining commentary of Steve Physioc and Rex Hudler on Royals TV...it's an "over" for us at the Big K.

Apparently the oddsmakers were none too impressed by the Cleveland Indians (80 ½) and their return to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2007, projecting a drop of almost 12 wins from a 92-70 breakthrough for then-new manager Terry Franciona. While some in the media might lament the recent inability to ink staff ace Justin Masterson to a long-term deal, the Tribe probably can't afford the price tag Masterson will command. And before Masterson walks after this season, we suspect team prexy Mark Shapiro and GM Chris Antonetti will be better served getting a combo of serviceable vets and/or solid prospects at the trade deadline (Cleveland could use another couple of young arms anyway) after getting 20 or so quality starts from Masterson into July. The staff already took a hit in the offseason when Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir left in free agency, and a return to playoff contention will be difficult unless sorts such as Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco prove they belong in the rotation. Ex-Brewer John Axford also replaces Chris Perez as the closer. But adding glue guys such as 1B Nick Swisher and vet DH Jason Giambi did wonders for the team in the clubhouse a year ago, and the wear-and-tear on Carlos Santana (to be used at 3B and DH) will lessen now that the promising Yan Gomes has taken over full-time catching duties. True, the Tribe could indeed regress, but Francona is as adept and mixing and matching his lineup as well as any manager, and Cleveland likely stays above .500 if the staff doesn't implode. It's an "over" for us at Progressive Field.

The bar is still being set rather low for the Minnesota Twins (69 ½), whose years as a serious contender seem longer ago than they were for the hometown NFL Vikings. Local hero Joe Mauer is about the only recognizable face left from the playoff years, and it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out where it has gone pear-shaped for the Twins, especially last season. Pitching, or lack thereof, has been the culprit, as last year's unsightly 5.26 ERA (the worst in the majors) suggested that skipper Ron Gardenhire did well to avoid 100 losses in 2013. But an upgrade to mere serviceable from the staff could trigger a modest ascent, and to that end GM Terry Ryan added a couple of potentially-useful pieces in the offseason--Ricky Nolasco (double-digit win totals in five of last six seasons) and Phil Hughes (two years removed from a 16-win campaign with the Yankees, and now far, far away from New York)--to affordable deals and as anchors for the rotation until some of the young arms at the lower levels mature. There are still lots of questions with the staff, including bridges in the bullpen to closer Glen Perkins (effective when he gets the chance), but adding Nolasco and Hughes at least seems a move in the right direction. Of equal importance could be the short-term rental of C Kurt Suzuki on a one-year deal, which will allow Gardenhire to experiment with Mauer at 1B in hopes of reigniting Joe's potential HOF career that has stalled recently due to wear-and-tear associated with catching duties. A bounce-back season from LF Josh Willingham, who posted career numbers in 2012 before an injury-plagued 2013, will also be crucial. The youth movement should also gain steam sometime this season with touted sorts such as CF Bryan Buxton and 3B Miguel Sano possibly arriving in the summer. We suspect the Twins have bottomed out the past few seasons, and climbing back above 70 wins is not asking too much, so we look "over" at Target Field.

Solid starting pitching can cover a multitude of sins, an old baseball axiom that the Detroit Tigers (89 ½) hope holds true again this season. But we have plenty of questions elsewhere on the roster beyond the long-term consequences of inking Miguel Cabrera (now at 1B after Prince Fielder's trade to Texas) to a staggering mega-deal, which at some point in the next decade might come back to haunt the Tigers. There were other issues exiting Lakeland, including the shin injury that likely has projected starting SS Jose Iglesias on the DL to start the season, as well as bridges to new closer Joe Nathan, with key set-up reliever Bruce Rondon on ice for the season after Tommy John surgery and the erratic ex-Yankee Joba Chamberlain now counted upon to pitch in the eighth inning. Even the lights-out starting rotation has a few questions, with Max Scherzer thus far resisting offers to re-up in his contract year and Justin Verlander, who has lost a bit of zip on his fastball, not quite as dominant in 2013 as in past seasons. Moreover, this will be Brad Ausmus' first stab at MLB managerial duties as the former catcher replaces the shrewd Jim Leyland, whose presence in the dugout neatly coincided with the Tigers' ascent since 2006 (and kept some of the bigger egos on the roster in check, which might be a tougher chore for Ausmus).. Slight upgrades from the White Sox and Twins, and the emergence of the Royals, also suggest the Central is a bit tougher neighborhood than in recent years. A trip to Comerica Park is worth it just to get a couple of coneys from Leo's behind home plate, or for a post-game drink at nearby Hockeytown or Chris Chelios' Chili Bar adjacent to the stadium, but we're still thinking "under" in Motown.

AL WEST: BEST BET...Are we really going out on a limb with the Houston Astros (62 ½) as we did last year? In the case of the "Astronomicals" (as the inimitable Marty Brennaman refers to them) simply avoiding 100 losses would require increasing the 2013 win total by a dozen games, a daunting task. But hardly impossible. While the organization remains in full rebuild mode, at least it looks to have plugged a few of the gaping holes in last season's dike when the bullpen blew an astounding 29 (!) saves. GM Jeff Luhnow did not operate at the brightest end of the free-agent spectrum in the offseason, but he was fairly active nonetheless as he sought short-term upgrades while many prospects mature in the minors. Now, there is at least an MLB-look to the relief corps after adding serviceable arms such as Chad Qualls, Jesse Crain, and Matt Albers to the pen, with Qualls (making a return visit to Houston, where he was a member of the 2005 World Series team) being option number one in skipper Bo Porter's closer-by-committee approach that was tested in Kissimmee. New staff ace Scott Feldman posted a 3.86 ERA in 30 starts with the Cubs and O's last season and adds a vet presence to a rotation whose other young arms (Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer, Brad Peacock, and Paul Clemens) actually fared pretty well after the All-Star break, with a combined 2.73 ERA in 34 starts...not bad at all. Luhnow also thinks his trade addition of CF Dexter Fowler from the Rockies brings the 'Stros their first true leadoff hitter since Michael Bourn was dealt to the Braves in 2011, and many believe it is just a matter of time before young OF George Springer proves his gaudy minor league stats are legit. No one is expecting Houston to contend in the foreseeable future, but modest improvement from an upgraded bullpen should at least prevent some of those disastrous late-inning meltdowns, and avoiding 100 losses appears a lot more within reach than it did a year ago. It's an "over" for us at Minute Maid Park.

OTHERS: The LA Angels of Anaheim (86 ½) continue to attempt covering their tracks after some personnel miscues of recent seasons when owner Arte Moreno had stars in his eyes. To this point, at least, the big-bucks additions of 1B Albert Pujols and OF Josh Hamilton have yet to pay dividends. Injury woes were partly at fault a year ago as the Halos fell to beneath .500, with maladies especially costly for Pujols, who missed the last half of the season due to a plantar fascia tear (it was painful to watch Pujols move even before his foot gave out last summer). But corresponding concerns surfaced in a pitching staff that imploded, with the ERA ballooning to 4.23 (ranking 11th in the AL), and we are hardly convinced that under-fire GM Jerry DiPoto's "reaches" in the trade market (Hector Santiago from the Chisox & Tyler Skaggs from the D-backs) will prove upgrades to a rotation with questions beyond Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. The Halos also likely open the season without a lefty in the bullpen, at least until Sean Burnett returns to active duty in late April or early May. Moreover, there is plenty of pressure on young RF Kole Calhoun to handle leadoff duties that Mike Scioscia believes would be an unnecessary burden to Mike Trout, penciled instead in front of Pujols in Scioscia's batting order. A healthy Pujols and Hamilton, or not, the Halos, who have lagged behind the Rangers and A's the past few seasons, are going to have a hard time climbing back up the AL West ladder unless DiPoto's pitching upgrades prove useful. We're not convinced, and instead look "under" at the Big A.

We wonder how long Robinson Cano is going to be on speaking terms with new agent Jay-Z after the rap mogul engineered the All-Star second baseman's FA move to the far away Seattle Mariners (81 ½) in the offseason. Let's just say we don't expect to see much of Beyonce' at Safeco Field this summer, as Cano toils in the relative obscurity of the Northwest and with a perennial underachieving team that once again has made a switch in the dugout, with ex-Pirates skipper Lloyd McClendon attempting to pick up the pieces from the failed Eric Wedge regime. Protecting Cano in the Mariner lineup will not be Mark Teixeira or Alfonso Soriano, but likely rather a combination of offseason additions such as ex-Brewer FA Corey Hart (hurt almost the entirety of 2013 and limited again this spring at Peoria by a sore back and forearm) and ex-Marlin Logan Morrison, both also penciled into McClendon's jerry-rigged outfield. There is a bit of star power on the roster with Cano joining staff ace King Felix, but the rotation is a bit shorthanded at the outset with number two starter Hisashi Iwakuma having missed the Cactus League with a sprained finger tendon on his right (throwing hand) and likely out for at least another month, while ex-Twin Scott Baker is a risk as he tries to bounce back from Tommy John surgery. We are also not particularly high on new closer Fernando Rodney, whose high-wire act out of the pen in Tampa Bay made it an easy decision for the Rays to look elsewhere for bullpen help in the offseason. Cano alone is not going to add 11 wins to a team that was buried deep below .500; we suspect some of that money under-fire GM Jack Zduriencik used on Cano could have been put to better use adding multiple components to a ragged roster. They're already talking about the Seahawks again in Seattle, where the M's appear destined to become an afterthought once again by summer in another likely "under" performance.

The Oakland A's (87 ½) continue to confound the experts by punching well above their weight, and a surprise winner of the West two years running in what might be the jewels of GM Billy Beane's decorated tenure. Beane was shrewdly wheeling and dealing once again in the offseason, loading up his bullpen with new closer ex-Oriole Jim Johnson (who should benefit from the bigger dimensions at the Coliseum) and ex-Padre set-up man Luke Gregorson to join holdovers Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle, and Dan Otero, giving skipper Bob Melvin plenty of options to reduce the workload on his young rotation, made up of FA addition Scott Kazmir and four starters aged 25 or younger. The solid pen should come in handy after the staff lost ace Jarrod Parker to Tommy John surgery and will be minus A.J. Griffin for perhaps a month out of the gate. Beane's assembly line of arms now features ex-Vandy star and last year's rookie phenom Sonny Gray as the opening-day starter. More expected production from RF Josh Reddick (recovered from the bad wrist that slowed him considerably last summer) and the power potential of Yoenis Cespedes should provide enough runs, and Melvin's productive platoon systems at C, 1B, 2B, and DH now have more options with versatile switch-hitter Nick Punto (recently Dodgers) and three-position OF Craig Gentry (ex-Rangers) added to the mix. Mostly, however, the A's have learned to play and win together, a concept yet to take hold elsewhere in the West at Seattle or with the new generation of Angels free-agent stars. Expect another 90+-win season in Oakland, where the Coliseum is a surprisingly nice place to watch a game as long as attendance doesn't exceed 20,000 to overcrowd the tight concourse (and make it a chore to get that great BBQ down the left-field line), and one more "over" for the Billy Beanes.

It was a tough March in Surprise for the Texas Rangers (86 ½), who lost projected starters 2B Jurickson Profar (shoulder) and C Geovany Soto (knee) for up to 12 weeks each, compounding depth issues made more acute with offseason departures of FAs Nelson Cruz, Daniel Murphy, and A.J. Pierzynski, Lance Berkman's retirement, and the trade of Ian Kinsler to the Tigers. The staff also lost starter Matt Garza and closer Joe Nathan to free agency, so manager Ron Washington (retained despite another late-season flameout and loss in a pre-wildcard playoff "playoff" vs. the Rays) could be excused for needing a game program to keep track of all of the roster changes. Moreover, the front office has a different look with Nolan Ryan (now consulting with Houston instead) leaving the organization after apparently losing out in a power struggle with young GM Jon Daniels. Speaking of Daniels, he did not spend the offseason sitting on his hands, adding deluxe table-setter FA LF Shin-Soo Choo, a prototype leadoff hitter during his stay with the Reds, and extra pop with 1B Prince Fielder as the return in the Kinsler trade, but the spring injuries have given Washington less flexibility with his situational substitutions. And pitching remains tenuous beyond dominant starter Yu Darvish, especially with starter Derek Holland out until perhaps the All-Star break after microfracture surgery on his knee in January, and Matt Harrison off back surgery. There is still some star quality on the roster, but with Daniels likely to search for reinforcements (especially at catcher), the Rangers have more of a work-in-progress look than usual, so it's a no-call for us in Arlington.


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