CATCHER: Robinson Chirinos took over after the Jonathan Lucroy trade and is the clubhouse leader heading into 2018. Brett Nicholas is the current backup.
INFIELD: When Adrian Beltre is healthy, he'll man third base, pushng Joey Gallo across the diamond. Elvis Endrus and Rougned Odor are back as the double-play commbo.
OUTFIELD: Nomar Mazara and Shi Soo Choo patrol the corners. Delino DeShields Jr. deserves to play every day in center, let's see if he gets it. Willie Calhoun could work in, though he's at a disadvantage since he's a lefty swinger like Mazara and Choo.
DESIGNATED HITTER: Calhoun is a possibility, but chances are a bat is acquired, pushing Choo here, or even Gallo.
BENCH: Jurickson Profar fell out of favor last season. If he's out of the doghouse, he could serve as bench fodder. Ryan Rua, Drew Robinson, Jared Hoying and Phil Gosselin are in the mix.
ROTATION: Cole Hamels is at the top, flanked by Martin Perez, A.J. Griffin and the newly acquired Doug Fister. Nick Martinez is the likely fifth, though Texas may not be done fortifying their staff.
BULLPEN: Alex Claudio ended 2017 with the closer gig and could begin 2018 with the job. Matt Bush, Keone Kela, Jake Diekman and Jose Leclerc will battle for setup innings.
PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Calhoun has been discussed and is in line to make a contribution, though others like his bat more than I do (take that with my untutored, non-scout eye grain of salt). Yohander Mendez saw some starts last year, he could be called upon again.
POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: I don't think the Rangers are done. They're short one bat and one starter, along with possibly bringing in an established closer.
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