In every baseball front office, the goal is to remain rational in an irrational sport. Everyone -- the fans, the media, the players, the coaching staff -- is clamoring for one move or another, leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.
This year, the cacophony is loudest in Arlington, Texas.
The Texas Rangers should be able to say, dispassionately, that they have been the best team in baseball since the start of the 2010 season. They played in consecutive World Series. And they would be champions today, if Nelson Cruz had taken a better route on David Freese's fly ball in the ninth inning of Game 6 last year.
But he didn't, and we all know what that means: The plan seems less perfect. The manager seems less brilliant. The roster seems less talented. That is absurd, of course. That is also the reality of sports.
And that is why, over the next several days, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels will be more fascinating to watch than Mike Trout and Bryce Harper combined.