Most fans know the big name players and have this misguided belief that games, divisions, and titles are won with those players. Since that's not this group, I'm not going into detail there. Games, Divisions, and Titles are won by having 25 players, playing like 25 players...not 4 superstars, 16 solid players, and 5 guys being carried.
One of the major keys there is filling out those bottom spots or if you ranked the team, #24 and #25. Which leads me to the way that happens and nearly everyone misses it or doesn't understand why this guy is gone now....the Out of Options Waiver Wire!!! Yet another of Rangers' GM Jon Daniels well used weapons.
Quick reference: This regards players on the 40-man roster with less than five years service. Every year they are sent to the minors use up an option, they have three. Once out of options, they have to be run through league-wide waivers and that's where you see pickups that win baseball games...Darren O'Day, couple years ago...THANK YOU!!!
Well here is a breakdown of some of the fun names of players who are out of options and could likely be run through league wide waivers are some point. Before starting, the most popular time for this always is the final week of Spring Training, usually a massive amount of players are run through waivers. Teams hope to hide a guy there, get him through waivers without an interested club being in a position in which they can snag them.
30 MLB clubs and currently there are 133 players that our Out of Options...simply math, little over 4 per team.
Teams in the worst shape: Baltimore - 10 players (this includes Chris Davis, Taylor Teagarden, and Pedro Strop...and makes me giggle), Milwaukee (8), San Diego (7), Pittsburgh (7), Kansas City (7), Minnesota (7).
I find that list VERY interesting, why? Because I give a 5% chance any of those teams make the postseason in 2012...and I might be high on that 5%.
Teams in the best shape: New York-NL (2 players), Toronto (2), Atlanta (2), St. Louis (1), Philadelphia (1), and...TEXAS RANGERS (0 PLAYERS)!!!!
Have no idea how exciting that is for me to type...JD and his Super Friends strike again!!!!!!!!!
Now of course when looking at this list of 133 players, there are some that will never again be demoted or the team is beyond stupid because the player would be picked up by the first available team....i.e. Shin-Soo Choo (CLE), Jeff Niemann (TB), Edison Volquez (SD), Homer Bailey (CIN), Luke Hochevar (KC), and Boone Logan (NYY). But here is a list of some names that could be very interesting if they hit the waiver, I've included some that more than likely will NOT be dropped off the 25-man roster at all this season, but who I could see the team doing for a number of reasons:
PITCHERS: ARZ - Craig Breslow; BAL - Alfredo Simon, Jim Johnson; BOS - Michael Bowden, Andrew Miller; CHC - Jeff Samardzija; CLE - Rafael Perez; CWS - Phillip Humber; KC - Luis Mendoza; LAA - Jerome Williams; LAD - Ramon Troncoso; MIL - Kameron Loe, Chris Narveson, Manny Parra; MIN - Glen Perkins; OAK - Jerry Blevins, Joey Devine; PIT - James McDonald, Joel Hanrahan, Charlie Morton, Chris Resop; SD - Tim Stauffer, Dustin Moseley; SEA - Jason Vargas; SF - Santiago Casilla; TB - Jake McGee; WAS - Tyler Clippard, Ross Detwiler, Tom Gorzelanny.
POSITION PLAYERS: BAL - Robert Andino, Chris Davis, Nolan Reimold, Taylor Teagarden; BOS - Darnell McDonald; CHC - Geovany Soto, Bryan LaHair; CIN - Wilson Valdez; CLE - Shelley Duncan; COL - Eric Young Jr.; CWS - Alejando De Aza; DET - Don Kelly, Clete Thomas; HOU - Jordan Schafer; KC - Mitch Maier; LAA: Kendrys Morales, Alberto Callaspo; MIA - Emilio Bonifacio; MIL - Mat Gamel; MIN - Alexi Casilla; NYY - Chris Dickerson; NYM - Andres Torres; PIT - Garrett Jones; PHI - John Mayberry; OAK - Kila Ka'aihue, Brandon Allen; SD - Cameron Maybin, Chris Denorfia; SEA - Mike Carp; SF - Nate Schierholtz; TB - Sam Fuld, Matt Joyce; WAS - Roger Bernadina.
Now, based upon this list, I'm not saying the Rangers need to be watching have to be players in this market. Just making the facts: 1) There is at least 1 player on this list who will have a solid 2012 season, but not on the team they are right now. 2) The point I made before is absolutely true, a small adjustment here and there is what separates champions from hopeful contenders. 3) There is something incredibly comforting about the Rangers not having anyone on the list.
I haven't included all the names, but if you wish to know the remainder or have a question, feel free to let me know and I can get you that information.