Questions remain as calendar flips to 2012
Rangers face stiff competition from restocked Angels in division
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers will begin defense of their American League pennant when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training on Feb. 22.That's still seven weeks away, and remember, the Rangers made two big acquisitions last January when they signed third baseman Adrian Beltre and traded for catcher Mike Napoli. So there is plenty of time this offseason for the Rangers to make more moves and improve a team that won 96 games last year. Right now, the Rangers still feel pretty good about their team, even though they lost C.J. Wilson. Both he and first baseman Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, two significant additions to a team that finished second behind the Rangers in the AL West the past two years. But in the middle of college bowl season and the NFL playoffs getting underway, there are still plenty of questions about the Rangers. Let's see if we can get a few right.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.