2012 Texas Rangers Off-Season

Free Agents

Mike Adams -- Relief Pitcher
Ryan Dempster -- Starting Pitcher
Scott Feldman -- **** face
Josh Hamilton -- Left Field, Center Field
Mark Lowe -- **** face
Mike Napoli -- Catcher, First Base
Roy Oswalt -- Starting Pitcher


Arbitration Eligible

1st time: Neftali Feliz -- Starting Pitcher
2nd time: Matt Harrison -- Starting Pitcher
3rd time: David Murphy -- Left Field

Team Needs

Replacement for Josh Hamilton
A true lead off hitter
A true top of the rotation starter
2 solid bullpen arms (1 lefty, 1 righty)


Potential Free Agent Targets

Grant Balfour -- Closer, Oakland A's **
Michael Bourn -- Outfielder, Atlanta Braves
Johnathan Broxton -- Closer, Cincinatti Reds
Melky Cabrera -- Outfielder, San Francisco Giants
Zack Greinke -- Starting Pitcher, Los Angeles Angels
Dan Haren -- Starting Pitcher, Los Angeles Angels **
J.P. Howell -- Left Handed Reliever, Tampa Bay Rays
Francisco Lariano -- Starting Pitcher, Chicago White Sox
Brandon League -- Relief Pitcher, Los Angeles Dodgers
Kyle Lohse -- Starting Pitcher, St. Louis Cardnals
Jake Peavy -- Starting Pitcher, Chicago White Sox **
A.J. Pierzynski -- Catcher, Chicago White Sox
B.J. Upton -- Outfielder, Tampa Bay Rays
Jose Valverde -- Closer, Detroit Tigers


** indicates club option



Potential Trade Targets

Carlos Gonzalez -- Outfielder, Colorado Rockies
Felix Hernandez -- Starting Pitcher, Seattle Mariners
Josh Johnson -- Starting Pitcher, Miami Marlins
Tim Lincecum-- Starting Pitcher, San Francisco Giants
Joe Mauer -- Catcher, Minnesota Twins
Cliff Lee- Starting Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies
David Price -- Starting Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays
James Shields -- Starting Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays
Justin Upton -- Outfielder, Arizona Diamondbacks


Storylines
Where will Josh Hamilton sign?
What will the Rangers do to replace him?
Can Jon Daniels acquire a legit ace?
Is Mike Napoli worth anything other than a 1 year contract?
Will the Rangers trade Elvis Andrus to make room for Jurickson Profar?
Will the Rangers trade Ian Kinsler or have him change positions to make room for Jurickson Profar?
Is it time to move on from the Michael Young era?
Will Scott Coolbaugh be dismissed as the teams hitting instructor?


Key Dates

Immediately following the WS -- Eligible players become free agents

Six Days Following the WS -- First day that Major League and Minor League free agents may sign contracts with teams other than their former clubs

Twelve Days Following the WS -- Last day for a player to accept arbitration from former club

November 30th -- Last day for clubs to tender contracts

December 3-6 -- Baseball Winter Meetings, Nashville, Tenn.

December 6th -- Rule 5 draft