IF the Rangers are able to beat the Astros the way they did last year then great. If not then expect a fire sale sooner rather than later. I am not complaining about the trades that were made when the team made the playoffs. You do that when you think you have a chance. I am concerned with how they will re-stock a weakened farm system.
My guess would be that Darvish and Lucroy would be traded. Gomez and Napoli too if they start hitting. Hamels might too. Give Beltre the option to be traded if he does not want to be on a rebuilding team. Trade Andrus while he has an OPS that is in the top 3 for his position. Hope that Choo actually starts hitting and then trade him and pay half his salary.
Hope that Cashner and Ross come back strong then ship them out.
Hope that Bush becomes a lights out closer and then trade him for close to what the Red Sox gave up for Kimbrel. (I know that is not going to happen but he is not even eligible for arbitration until 2020. That has some major value).
Play Jeffries as a closer then trade him.
Keep Mazara, Gallo, and Odor.
Play Profar, Chirinos, Robinson, and Rua a lot so you can see what you've got.
Keep Griffin and Perez unless overwhelmed because someone has to pitch.
Try out Kela at the closer spot with LeClerc playing a lot in the 7th or 8th.
I know I am overreacting but this team has not been fun to watch over the last week.