Off-Season: Cuban Should Buy the Rangers

2007_07_sports_mark_cubanESPN published a story today about Mark Cuban potentially purchasing the Dodgers.  It is surprising Cuban would not instead consider purchasing the Texas Rangers, whose owner is also being forced to sell.  While the Rangers play in a smaller market, Cuban should know a franchise’s value is correlated with winning, as the Mavericks became a great investment through the team’s success. 

The Rangers can make an extremely successful run with the right ownership.  A combination of bad luck and poor decision-making kept previous management from fixing the pitching problems which thwarted any chance of the Rangers succeeding over the past decade.  I was originally skeptical of Jon Daniels after Chris Young was traded to San Diego, but since then, his moves have been consistently solid.   

The Rangers are in a great position.  They have four pitching prospects—Neftali Feliz, Matt Harrison, Scott Feldman, and Tanner Scheppers—projected to be solid starters, along with many lesser-known pitchers with decent potential.  On offense, elite prospects (Justin Smoak, Julio Borbon, Elvis Andrus) are ready to form a great lineup with Hamilton, Kinsler, and Young.  The Rangers can win the American League West next season and be extremely tough for the next 5-6 years.

TexasRangers_NewLogoThe only thing holding the team back is Tom Hicks’ financial problems.  These problems already caused the departure of Hitting Coach Rudy Jamarillo and the team’s failure to sign first rounder Matthew Purke.  But this problem would be solved with an owner having sufficient capital to properly manage the team’s day-to-day operations.   Therefore, assuming Cuban cannot purchase the Dodgers for an amazing discount, he should consider purchasing his hometown franchise.