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Rangers Likely to Keep Key Players From Arbitration



    Rangers Likely to Keep Key Players From Arbitration
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    ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 20: First baseman Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers catches a ball off the bat of Brad Miller (not pictured) of the Seattle Mariners during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 20, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Seattle won 6-2. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)

    While Torii Hunter might be coming, the Rangers have four players that could be going.

    To arbitration, that is.

    While Texas continues to pursue Hunter to be their everyday left-fielder in 2015, they also seem intent on keeping alive their staunch history of avoiding arbitration. They have until 11 p.m. Tuesday to tender contracts to their own players.

    We’ll be shocked if offers aren’t made to three of the four players, including pitchers Alexi Ogando and Neftali Feliz, designated hitter Mitch Moreland. Utility man Adam Rosales is the fourth player.

    Ogando pitched in only 27 games last season because of arm problems, but expects to be healthy and a viable rotation option in spring training.

    Feliz will enter spring with the closer’s job. Moreland, played only 52 games before ankle surgery, but is the leading candidate to DH. Rosales hit .262 in 56 games in spot duty all over the field.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.