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    We've heard plenty of disappointment this winter from Texas Rangers fans clamoring because the club didn't do enough this offseason to upgrade the roster after a disastrous last-place finish in 2014.

    What people fail to realize is that awful season was a result primarily of the catastrophic run of injuries the team saw last season, not due to an obvious lack of roster strength.

    The Rangers did make a nice move by trading for Milwaukee Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo, who will slide to the No. 3 spot in the Rangers rotation where he should see plenty of success, and that allowed the team to push Colby Lewis back to the fourth spot in the rotation and have just one open spot for competition in the No. 5 slot.

    An ESPN poll of MLB executives sorted out the MLB offseason in several different categories, and the Rangers found their way on to one list — most unimproved.

    The Rangers picked up five votes in the balloting, which put them behind a few teams but still in the running. The Tampa Bay Rays led the way in the AL with 12 votes, followed by the Baltimore Orioles (10) and Oakland A's and Detroit Tigers, which each had seven votes.

    The Rangers did get a little bit of love for their signing of Ryan Ludwick, as that signing got four votes in the "best free agent signed to a minor-league deal." The leading vote getter in that category was none other than former Rangers catcher Geovany Soto, who signed a minor-league deal with the White Sox.