The Rangers enter 2014 with what appears to be the game's best offense, Buster Olney writes in an article for ESPN.com (Insider sub. required). With their aggressive moves to acquire Prince Fielder and Shin-Soo Choo, Texas has added left-handed power and patience to a lineup that finished eighth in the majors in runs in 2013. Rounding out Olney's top five are the Red Sox, Tigers, Cardinals and Angels. Here are more Saturday night Rangers notes:
- Neftali Feliz is in position to close for Texas following Joe Nathan's signing with the Tigers, writes T.R. Sullivan in this week's mailbag. If Feliz is not ready, the Rangers could turn to setup reliever Tanner Scheppers or former Royals All-Star closer Joakim Soria. But, for right now, the job is Feliz's to lose.
- The Rangers are enthused about what Shin-Soo Choo can bring to the table, but Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs looks at the outfielder's struggles against lefties and his reputation as a glorified platoon player. Choo inked a seven-year, $130MM deal with Texas this offseason.
Zach Links contributed to this post.