- Paul Swydan, ESPN Insider
When the season began, the Texas Rangers seemed like contenders. They had won 90 or more games in each of the past four seasons, and nabbed the 2010 and 2011 American League pennants along the way. They also made multiple splashy additions in the offseason and seemed poised for another October playoff trip.
Each baseball season brings surprises, though, and in the past three months, the Rangers have completely unraveled, with injuries a major culprit.
The Rangers have been terrible in 2014 -- so bad that we don't need advanced metrics to paint a convincing picture. When the outlook is this bleak -- 38-57 at the All-Star break, 21 games back in the AL West -- the only question is where to begin the recovery efforts.
In Texas, we may be about to witness the beginning of a fire sale. The Rangers need to clean house. Despite landing two players on Keith Law's ranking of the top 25 players under 25 this year, Texas has an overall dearth of young talent with impact. Outside of those two young studs -- Martin Perez and Jurickson Profar, out for the season with a torn UCL and a shoulder muscle tear, respectively -- the team has little in the way of young players capable of making things better in the very short term.
After bottoming out in the first half of 2014, the Rangers need to start fresh, writes Paul Swydan.