I recently came to the realization that things really are bigger in Texas. By this I mean, the bigger the Rangers players get in popularity the more the team loses. Think about it...they were good when Michael Young, Mark Teixeira and Hank Blalock weren't household names. Now everyone in the nation know about the big three and the Rangers are the worst team in baseball.
It was great having Young be the "guy who replaced A-Rod" and Teixeira being the first round draft pick that Texas is getting results on. But now the league has them figured out as they are both struggling to put up consistent numbers from the plate. Heck, even Teixeira might be getting traded before the deadline.
Didn't Texas try this awhile back? They added an over-paid Alex Rodrigues, Andres Galarragga, Ken Caminiti and an aging Juan Gonzalaz to try to win. The result...a last place finish.
Now this year they have added Eric Gagne and Sammy Sosa and recently Kevin Millwood. All familiar names to the average fan. But take a page from Milwaukee. Draft young, solid players to build on. With players like J.J. Hardy, Prince Fielder and Bill Hall these guys are having fun and winning. Something I haven't seen in Texas since the late 1990's.
Granted I love Sosa and Gagne, but I think a youth movement would benefit the Rangers tremendously. If they trade Teixeira they need to get young pitchers with a lot of upside. That actually goes for anyone they trade.
The towel is about to be thrown in, so start rebuilding so the team can be bigger in the standing.