Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 11/19/14
In the This Is My Nightmare series, we'll take a look at what the absolute worst case scenario for each team would be in 2013. Think of it as the negative complement to our You May Say I'm A Dreamer series that we'll be running during our preview series. For a team that lost two consecutive World Series, including one where they were one strike away from winning it all twice and coming off a season in which they gagged away a division crown in one month because their best player dropped a routine flyball and then washed out in the Wild Card game, finding a nightmare scenario that can trump all of that is a tall order. The obvious place to start is with the departed Josh Hamilton, a man that took the lion's share of the blame for the Rangers' late-season collapse. Fans will start the 2013 season being glad to see him gone, but oh my how that will change. Not only will a freshly motivated Hamilton lay waste to the AL West in the uniform of the rival Angels, but the man that functionally replaced him in Texas, Lance Berkman, will play just like Hamilton. Only he won't play like the normal Hamilton, but rather the version of Hamilton that barely hit over .200 in June and July of last season. Oops! But Berkman is only part of the problem. For the last few years Texas has thrived because of their powerful offense. Not so much in 2013. David Murphy failed to capitalize on his breakout 2012 as becoming a full-time player overexposes him. Meanwhile Nelson Cruz turns in one of the worst seasons of his career as he spend the first month of the season fretting over a looming suspension stemming from the Bosch mess in Florida. That suspension of course comes in May, wiping out 50 games of Cruz's season. The net effect is a the Rangers lineup, while still solid, just can't step up to carry the team like it used to. That lack of offense proves to be unfortunate as things will only get worse as a sophomore slump by Yu Darvish and health woes for Matt Harrison and Alexi Ogando submarine the Texas rotation. In the rare event that the Rangers do get a lead, the patchwork middle relief crew led by a washed up Jason Frasor struggles to hand leads to star closer Joe Nathan. The real death knell to Texas' season though is none of the underperformance but rather the implosion of their once great clubhouse chemistry. With revered leader Michael Young gone and infamous clubhouse cancer A.J. Pierzynski now in, unrest settles into the Rangers dugout. A.J. repeatedly sells out his pitchers to the press after bad starts. Ian Kinsler acts and plays like a man severely distracted by all the rumors of him being traded or moved to another position to make way for stud prospect Jurickson Profar. By season's end, the famous antlers hand sign becomes more of a derisive gesture rather than one of team unity. Despite all this, Texas remains on the fringe of Wild Card contention into July before they really hit the skids. However, GM Jon Daniels refuses to believe that the season is lost and for the first time in his career of preaching patience and restraint panics. Desperate to finally land the ace that he has been pursuing since Cliff Lee left town, Daniels does the unthinkable and trades a package headlined my Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt for, well, Cliff Lee. While Lee pitches well for Texas, it is clear that he is no longer a Cy Young caliber pitcher and his presence does nothing to revive the Rangers' flagging playoff hopes but does everything to strain the team's precious long-term payroll flexibility. In their quest to find a scapegoat for their 80-win, third place finish, manager Ron Washington is fired and the team embarks on an off-season where there is rampant speculation that they might just blow up the roster save for Darvish, Beltre and Andrus in an effort to pry back open the championship window that just slammed shut on them. Rangers on TOC End of Season Postmortem 2013 Season Preview You May Say I’m a Dreamer 2013 Burning Question This Is My Nightmare X-Factor (3:15 PM) Top Ten Prospects (4:30 PM) [follow]

Australian cricket player dies from head injuries

Wrigley Field bleacher renovation may be delayed

Yankees wanted Rollins but Phillies' price was too high

Pop misses game for medical reasons; Messina takes over

John Beilein upset with ESPN for late start time to game

Tyson Chandler felt like Knicks' scapegoat at times


Fred Jackson has 'no respect' for Donte Whitner

Devon Still responds to unpaid child support allegations

Diamondbacks sign Cuban slugger Yasmany Tomas

Josh Gordon felt alienated by some in Browns organization

Jerry Jones: I'm a big admirer of Robert Griffin III

Raiola fined for uneccesarily striking Pats' Zach Moore

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE, says he'll never return

Steelers turned down chance to be called 'America's Team'

Report: Small chance Raiders-Rams could be moved to Indy

Todd Gurley begins rehab after surgery on knee for torn ACL

Brodeur to practice with Blues

OSU player posts Michigan player's girlfriend as his 'WCW'

Jim Harbaugh's family may not eat turkey thanks to NBC

Ole Miss' The Grove threatened by Mississippi State fan

Is it time for the Redskins to move on from Robert Griffin III?

Top 10 fantasy football turkeys for 2014

WATCH: Coyotes lose in ugly fashion, score own goal in OT

Warriors are having tons of fun on team plane

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.

CM Punk opens up about leaving WWE

Wrigley renovation may be delayed

Steelers could have been America's Team

John Beilein upset with ESPN

Should Washington move on from RG3?

Dominic Raiola fined for cheap shots

Game of the week: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos

Rose leaves with injury again

WATCH: Pierce signs for fan during game

Report: McCoy to start over RG3

Braxton Miller headed to Oregon?

10 most one-sided college football rivalries

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.