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Manager: Ron Washington (eighth season).

He’s Here: 1B Prince Fielder, LF Shin-Soo Choo, C. J.P. Arencibia, OF Michael Choice, INF Josh Wilson, INF Donnie Murphy, C Chris Snyder.

He’s Outta Here: Closer Joe Nathan, 2B Ian Kinsler, RF Nelson Cruz, C A.J. Pierzynski, RHP Matt Garza, 1B/DH Lance Berkman, CF Craig Gentry, OF David Murphy, INF Jeff Baker.

Projected Lineup: LF Shin-Soo Choo (.285, 21 HRs, 54 RBIs, 20 SBs, 112 walks for Cincinnati), SS Elvis Andrus (.271, 4, 67, 42 SBs), 1B Prince Fielder (.279, 25, 106, 36 doubles for Detroit), 3B Adrian Beltre (.315, 30, 92, AL-high 199 hits), RF Alex Rios (.278, 18, 81, 42 SBs combined with Chicago White Sox/Texas), DH Mitch Moreland (.232, 23, 60), C J.P. Arencibia (.194, 21, 55 with Toronto) 2B Josh Wilson (.200, 1, 4 for Arizona), CF Leonys Martin (.260, 8, 49, 36 SBs).

Rotation: RH Tanner Scheppers (6-2, 1.88, 76 appearances in setup role most ever for a Texas right-hander), LH Martin Perez (10-6, 3.62), LH Robbie Ross (4-2, 3.03 in 65 appearances), LH Joe Saunders (11-16, 5.26 for Seattle), RH Nick Martinez (looking for MLB debut). NOTE: RH Yu Darvish (13-9, 2.83 ERA, ML-leading 277 Ks) was scratched from opening-day start with neck stiffness and likely will start season on DL. LH Matt Harrison, last year’s opening day starter who made only two starts before back surgery, is expected to return in mid-to-late April.

Key Relievers: RH Joakim Soria (1-0, 3.80 in 26 games), LH Neal Cotts (8-3, 1.11, ML high-tying eight wins in relief, 65 Ks in 57 IP), RH Jason Frasor (4-3, 2.57), RH Alexi Ogando (7-4, 3.11 in 23 games/18 starts).

Hot Spots: Along with getting Fielder from Detroit, the trade of Kinsler cleared the way for highly touted prospect Jurickson Profar to be the everyday second baseman. But Profar is out as long as three months with a muscle tear in his right shoulder. Journeymen Wilson and Murphy, just acquired on a waiver claim from the Chicago Cubs, could both see action at second base. … Soria, a two-time All-Star for Kansas City before ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow in 2012, won the closer role. He replaces Nathan, the 39-year-old All-Star who left in free agency for a multiyear deal with Detroit.

Outlook: After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years, scoring their fewest runs (730) in a full season since 1992 and being shut out 11 times, the Rangers’ two most significant offseason moves were to improve the offense. They sent 2B Ian Kinsler to Detroit for slugger Prince Fielder in a rare trade of All-Star players, then signed free agent Shin-Soo Choo to lead off. Only Mike Trout (564) and two-time AL MVP Miguel Cabrera (562) reached base more than Choo (556) and Fielder (542) the past two seasons. Fielder, who batted ahead of MVP winners the last three seasons, now hits between Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre. Rangers ace Yu Darvish should especially appreciate the offensive boost. He was the first MLB pitcher since 1989 to suffer four 1-0 losses in the same season, but still won 13 games and finished second in the AL Cy Young Award voting. Texas lost two expected starters for up to three months with injuries to Profar and C Geovany Soto (right knee).


Los Angeles Angels

2013: 78-84, third place.

Manager: Mike Scioscia (15th season).

He’s Here: 3B David Freese, LHP Tyler Skaggs, LHP Hector Santiago, DH Raul Ibanez, RHP Joe Smith, INF John McDonald.

He’s Outta Here: OF Peter Bourjos, DH Mark Trumbo, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Jerome Williams, RHP Tommy Hanson.

Projected Lineup: RF Kole Calhoun (.282, 8 HRs, 32 RBIs, 2 SBs), CF Mike Trout (.323, 27, 97, .988 OPS, 110 BBs), 1B Albert Pujols (.258, 17, 64, 99 GP), LF Josh Hamilton (.250, 21, 79), 3B David Freese (.262, 9, 60 with Cardinals), DH Raul Ibanez (.242, 29, 65 with Mariners), 2B Howie Kendrick (.297, 13, 54), C Chris Iannetta (.225, 11, 39), SS Erick Aybar (.271, 6, 54, 12 SBs).

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