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Thursday, December 28, 2006

We didn't want you anyways.

Barry Zito signs with the Giants, for $126 million over seven years - the biggest contract ever given to a pitcher.

For the Rangers, it's "Goodbye, Barry - Hello third place finish."

Although I remain optimistic about the acquisition of Brandon McCarthy this week, the Rangers really needed a pitcher of Zito's caliber to contend in their division. With four starters under their control until 2010 - Robinson Tejeda, Kevin Millwood, Vicente Padilla, and McCarthy, the team finally has some stability in a rotation that has flirted with catastrophe for the last five years.

Too many question marks surround both McCarthy and Tejeda, who need to prove they are beyond a sophomore slump in order for the Rangers to be considered legitimate contenders.

The all right-handed rotation the Rangers will trot out in Arlington could use lefties C.J. wilson or John Koronka in the fifth spot, if only to show a different delivery to some great hitting AL teams. Too many hitters will become too comfortable in seeing the same right-handed release point over a three game series.

Otherwise, the Angels and the A's will once again prove to be too much for Texas to overcome. Though Jon Daniels and Tom Hicks believe that the time to win is now, this season should be spent giving McCarthy and Tejeda enough time to develop as starters. The Rangers MUST get away from their previous strategy of "leave the young guys in until they lose a game, then pull 'em."

At least they didn't try a trade for Jon Lieber. Thank God. Now, if only Mark Mulder takes a break from his Tahiti honeymoon to sign on the dotted line...

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