On the basis that the 2018 Texas Rangers season would be locked and placed in a nuclear waste disposal facility, I am starting the 2019 thread in hopes that Texas can somehow find a way to be somewhat consistently competitive in 2019 (like finish only 20 games behind in 2019). Probably to much to hope for, but one can always hope. Article in the Dallas news yesterday discussed trading an outfielder for pitching. Through the process of elimination (for example ,Choo isn't going anywhere unless Texas picks up most of the remainder of his contract and Calhoun is actually the best contact hitter in the organization) they came up with either Gallo or Mazara being the trade bait. Using the wacky WAR statistic they picked Gallo as the keeper basically because of the on base percentage portion of his oWAR. (Which only proves one of the faults of the WAR - walks count as on base and he is walked in critical situations.) IMO it doesn't really mean anything because JD has admitted that he felt Texas had a playoff pitching rotation at the start of 2018. Even my 12 year old grandson saw through that. So the question is does JD know a good pitcher from a dog?