Arlington – The Texas Rangers are officially bad. I mean, they have been for 4 or 5 years now.

With the beginning of football season, most casual Rangers fans have tuned out. I really can’t blame them personally.

The Texas Rangers plan on competing in 2023 and beyond, and they have some work to do to make that happen. In my opinion, the infield is set. Nathaniel Lowe, Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, Josh Jung and Jonah Heim are here to stay.

The Rangers outfield is looking decent as well with Leody Taveras in center, Adolis Garcia in right and a rotation in left including Eli White, Josh Smith and others.

It’s no secret that the Rangers desperately need pitching. Resigning Martin Perez would be a great start. A healthy Jon Gray would also be a good thing.

The Rangers may (and that’s a big may) have some answers in players like Cole Ragans, Cole Winn, AJ Alexy and others, but they can’t count on it.

The team needs a legit starter or two along with serious bullpen help and a closer. Then they can fill in the rest with farm arms.

In order for the Rangers to compete, some of the farm system has to work out. They can’t all be busts.

Winn has had a down year, but the Rangers still believe in him. Zak Kent and Ricky Vanasco are on the rise. They could be ready sometime in 2023.

All in all with some additions this team will compete in 2023. If they don’t there will have to be some serious changes. Again. Rangers fans are not going to put up with another losing season.

* Ben Dieter is one of the hosts of The Ranger Report Podcast here on Dallas Sports Nation. You can find the Ranger Report on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or at The Ranger Report Website.

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