The Texas Rangers have to decide who will be sent down before Sunday. If you need a refresher on why, the roster currently sits at 28 but must be only 26 by May 1.
As we look at a team that has not exactly started hot, a few names come to my mind right away. Kolby Allard (0-1, 10.38 ERA) and Josh Sborz (0-0, 11.25 ERA). Matt Moore, Garett Richards and others are way outpitching those two.
All of us need to remember that this is a developmental year, not a contending year. Rangers fans should know this, but it’s hard to remember when you team starts the season 5-10.
The past week or so the bullpen has looked miles better than it did the first week of the season. Brett Martin and Matt Bush have been great, and a young man named Brock Burke has been really impressive.
Another reason I see it being two bullpen guys is there is no one to send from the offensive side. It’s just too early to make a call on players like Adolis Garcia, Eli White or Andy Ibanez.
Willie Calhoun is in a make or break season for his career, and the Rangers are going to give him every opportunity to make. Kole Calhoun is here for his experience as much as his bat and glove.
I do not believe that the Rangers are ready to DFA anyone yet. Now I could always be wrong, but I am pretty sure it will be guys with options.
Talk to me again in June and we will see where the Rangers are at that point. If you have not been keeping up with the minors you may not know that the Rangers minor league system is totally packed.
Nothing personal against Allard or Sborz. Chris Woodward likes to play the hot hands, and neither of those players are that right now.
The Rangers get Houston next. Following that will be the defending World Series Champs.
Things could change between now and Sunday, but I don’t see them changing enough to keep either Allard or Sborz on the major league roster come Sunday.
*Ben Dieter is one of the hosts of The Ranger Report Podcast here on Dallas Sports Nation. You can the Ranger Report on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or at The Ranger Report Website.