Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/21/14
Continuing from our season preview of the Rangers earlier today... Are the Rangers going to be able to adequately replace the offense that Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli provided to the team in 2012? Hamilton and Napoli provided a ton of offense for the Rangers during their careers in Texas. In just over 1050 plate appearances last season, the duo combined for 67 homers, an 11% walk rate, and a .372 wOBA. That is a lot of production that the Rangers are trying to replace, and instead of just trying to replicate that with two players, the Rangers are going in a different direction and trying to replace their production with multiple players. Napoli's role as a DH/1B/C won't be filled by one player, because that's a complicated trio of positions for someone to get regular playing time at while hitting like Napoli did. The DH role will be primarily filled by Lance Berkman, while Mitch Moreland will get most of the reps at first and AJ Pierzynski will start most...
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