The countdown to report day for Texas Rangers pitchers and catchers has reached one hand — Mordecai "Three-Fingers" Brown's right hand, at that. Wednesday is the big day, the one fans yearn for as soon as their team's season ends. Pitchers and catchers will have their first workout Thursday, and the first full-squad workout comes five days later. Once the gang is assembled, the returning players meet the new guys. The new guys learn the Rangers way and quickly realize, if they didn't already know, that Adrian Beltre, Cole Hamels and Elvis Andrus run the clubhouse. Others have a say. Shin-Soo Choo is a respected veteran, and Robinson Chirinos has gained stature. Jake Diekman likely has, as well, after the courage he showed last season. But no player is held in higher esteem than Beltre, no pitcher higher than Hamels, and no player on the roster has been with the Rangers longer than Andrus. And just think, all three could be gone this time next year. That's not the prevailing thought entering spring training, but their contractual uncertainty adds to the uncertainty surrounding the franchise.
An unsettling possibility accompanies Rangers to spring training
Fort Worth Star-Telegram | Feb 12