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Preseason Questions: Will Rangers Have a Bench?

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Since the Rangers failed to land really any of their off-season targets, there are several questions facing the team heading into spring training and the 2013 season.

    Today's question: Will the Rangers' bench be able to help the team?

    Remember the heat Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington took after the team's late-season collapse in 2012 that ended in a disappointing Wild Card Game loss to Baltimore? Much of it was centered around the fact that Washington didn't give his regulars enough time off during the season and they eventually just ran out of gas.

    While there's some definite validity to that point, it wasn't entirely Washington's fault. You see, the Rangers have had pretty awful benches in recent years, not giving Washington many options outside of his everyday players.

    Will this year be different?

    So far, it's not looking too great. You'd hate to see hot prospects Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt be bench players, as it'd be preferable to see them get everyday playing time in the minor leagues. Supposedly, the Rangers are on the lookout to add possible bench players such as Ryan Theriot, but in the past the bench has been a major problem especially in the World Series when the team must play National League rules for some of the games. This year, with Interleague play lasting all season long, the bench will be even more important.