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Will Rangers Really Rely on CF Platoon?



    The Texas Rangers seem to be moving in a different direction, and that's well and good. A big part of that change is to see if some of their younger players, which have garnered the Rangers organization mention over the past few years as the best farm system in the bigs, can play at the major-league level.

    One of those players is Cuban import Leonys Martin, who was signed in 2011 as a centerfielder ready for the show offensively but with some work still to be done on defense. That still seems to be the case with Martin.

    So, will the Rangers actually put center field in the hands of Martin and veteran platoon player Craig Gentry? It's definitely not out of the question, in fact, if the season started tomorrow that would be your centerfielder -- Gentry against lefties and Martin against right-handed pitchers.

    But there's still a big name out there to be had in the free agent market as Michael Bourn is still looking for a club. Bourn is a true leadoff hitter with a ton of speed who will steal you 60 bases without even thinking twice about it. He's also a pretty darn good centerfielder.

    There's one problem though, and that's that Bourn is a Scott Boras client, the agent known as the "baseball antichrist." The Rangers usually try to avoid his clients in free agency.

    So what do you think? Should the Rangers give Martin a chance to prove himself, or go get a proven commodity like Bourn at a high cost? Let your thoughts be heard!