Let's round out the American League side of our arbitration eligibles series with a look at the Rangers.
- First time: Nelson Cruz, David Murphy, Darren O'Day
- Second time: Josh Hamilton, Mark Lowe, Dustin Nippert, Esteban German
- Third time: Jeff Francoeur, C.J. Wilson, Brandon McCarthy
Locks to be tendered contracts: Cruz, Murphy, O'Day, Hamilton, Lowe, and Wilson. There will be sizeable raises in this bunch. Cruz has 55 home runs over the last two seasons, Hamilton had an MVP season, O'Day has been quietly dominant, and Wilson and Murphy are also coming off their best years. Lowe had back surgery in June and might not pitch for the Rangers this year, but they acquired him with that knowledge and clearly want him for 2011.
Nippert has slipped since last year, but the raise he gets on this year's $665K could be small. McCarthy tossed 56.3 minor league innings this year, dealing with shoulder issues. He's a non-tender candidate given his $1.3MM salary. Likewise for Jeff Francoeur at $5MM, even with 42 stellar Rangers plate appearances added to his resume. German, a role player, will probably be cut.