October is over and that means it is officially time for the Rangers to move forward with their offseason work toward building their 2012 roster.
One of the first questions they need to figure out is what role Neftali Feliz will fill on the pitching staff in 2012. Last year saw the team vacillating between using Feliz as a starter or a closer all the way through Spring Training before finally deciding to leave well enough alone and keep Feliz at the back end of the bullpen. That worked out well for the team, but the question is rearing its head once again.
Jon Daniels said Monday that the team won't go to camp without having made a decision on that front this time around, a good decision given how little there is to be gained by trying to prepare a man for two different jobs at the same time. Given how unprepared Feliz looked early in the season, it was also detrimental to the pitcher to wait that long. The question now is how long they will take to make that decision.