Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 12/8/12
Go to any web site selling Texas Rangers gear and there they are: T-shirts and jerseys with the names Napoli, Hamilton and Young on the back. Soon, they could all be in the bargain bin. The Rangers are undergoing much more than a wardrobe change this winter. General manager Jon Daniels and team president Nolan Ryan are in the midst of reshaping the team. Mike Napoli is already gone after taking an offer from the Red Sox via free agency. Josh Hamilton could be gone by the same route. The Mariners have shown interest and the Yankees reportedly are starting to sniff around. Young is owed 16 million next season and isnt walking away. However, he could be shipped to Philadelphia, according to reports, if he agrees to drop his no-trade rights. In short, many of the biggest names in a core group that went to back-to-back World Series could be gone by spring training. It will take some adjustment by the fans. It will involve more than buying new shirts and jerseys with different names on the back What Daniels and Ryan are doing, if the reports from the recent Winter Meeting are to be believed, is forcing the evolution of a roster that started to go stale in 2012. The Rangers made the playoffs last season as a wild card. They led the AL West almost wire-to-wire before fading at the end. They were one-and-done in the postseason, losing the Wild Card playoff to the Orioles. It wasnt a collapse that left fans begging management to blow up the roster, and thats not what Daniels and Ryan are doing. What the Rangers are attempting to do is more surgical in nature. Its no different than what the San Francisco Giants did after winning the 2010 World Series (over the Rangers, if anyone needs reminding). The core of that team was its starting pitching, which basically remained intact. But of the group that won the Series again last October, only three position players were also on the 2010 team. Catcher Buster Posey is the only real mainstay of both World Series, with third baseman Pablo Sandoval and first baseman Aubrey Huff also collecting two rings. The Yankees dynasty that began in the mid-1990s had a constantly changing lineup. Key components such as shortstop Derek Jeter, closer Mariano Rivera are still in place while center fielder Bernie Williams was part of the formula until his retirement in 2006. The tricky part for the Rangers is determining who is an irreplaceable part of their winning formula and who can be discarded. It starts with Young. Young is referred to as Face, as in the face of the franchise but its not said sarcastically. Young has been with the franchise since 2000. Hes seen a lot of bad seasons, when he was sometimes the only star of the team, and was a major part of the franchises unprecedented success the last three seasons. But Young is 36 and coming off of a down year. His hefty contract, a reward for loyalty during the dark days, is now an albatross of sorts. In 2013, it will likely be even harder for him to find at-bats as a super-utility man with the emergence of youngsters Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt. Young still commands the clubhouse and is the go-to go for the media. Yet as shortstop Elvis Andrus has matured, its become evident he is the player who sets the tone on the field. More and more, the club reflects Andrus personality. While Young is Mr. Ranger, Napoli had become a cult favorite among the fans with gritty play and a knack for performing in the clutch. Hamilton is a fan favorite if only because when he is on his game, he is arguably the best player in baseball. Hamiltons troubled backstory and prominent faith have also endeared him, although he was booed during last seasons skid to the finish. They arent the only ones who could be gone by Opening Day. Relievers Mike Adams and Koji Uehara are free agents. Right fielder Nelson Cruz could be gone if Justin Upton is acquired via trade. To get Upton, the Rangers might have to give up Olt. Its unlikely they would trade Profar, but his presence puts even Andrus in the pool of possible trade material. The Rangers could look significantly different in April. If its a look that includes Zack Greinke, the top pitcher on the market, and Upton, one of the top young hitters in the game, the loss of some fan favorites will be easier to take. Regardless, the Rangers and their fans should not be afraid to make changes if those changes ultimately benefit the team. Even if it means all those Napoli, Young and Hamilton jerseys have to go to the back of the closet. Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Twitter, Facebook report engagement decline during Super Bowl

Steve Spurrier becomes special assistant to South Carolina AD

Brent Musberger wants you to bet on Joe Lunardi’s bracketology

Unranked Duke uses big first half to beat No.13 Louisville

MLB reportedly close to rule preventing collisions at second base

USOC says athletes concern about Zika shouldn't attend Games


Von Miller shares support for embattled Johnny Manziel

The Panthers had to use a silent snap count at the Super Bowl

Report: Lakers would fire Byron Scott to hire Luke Walton

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Seahawks’ Frank Clark rips Cam Newton ‘that boy a b—‘

Report: Tom Thibodeau has 'always wanted' Knicks job

Daniel Bryan says goodbye to WWE during teary retirement speech

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

WATCH: Oklahoma beats Texas on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer

Andre Drummond hits 70-foot buzzer beater to end 3rd quarter

Duke's Allen appears to intentionally trip Louisville's Spaulding

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

Attorney alleges Johnny Manziel ruptured ex-girlfriend's eardrum

Jeanie Buss may clean house in Lakers’ front office

Lisa Ann wants to reward Emmanuel Sanders for Super Bowl win

WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan to announce retirement

Nine best and worst players from 2015 NFL playoffs

Rodman wants Phil Jackson to know he’s ready to coach Knicks

Wade Phillips trolls Cam Newton with dabbing tweet

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker