With yesterday's trades, I realized that we actually could have a pretty bright future in the works.
I know prospects don't always pan out, but suddenly the Texas farm system is loaded with some pretty good talent in a variety of positions.
In a few years, we could easily be looking at a major league lineup like:
OF N. Cruz, Byrd (?), Mayberry, Botts (DH/OF)
IF: Young, Kinsler, Andrus, Blalock (?), Salty
C: Max Ramirez, Salty?
SP: Hurley, Gabbard, Rupe, Millwood, McCarthy
RP: Littleton, Francisco, Benoit, Wilson
I realize there are some big question marks there, but with some key free agent signings this team could compete in a few years. I'd like to see a power corner OF unless Cruz ends up filling that role to go along with a reliable starter brought in via free agency. There are obviously some positional battles that need to take place, like where does Andrus fit in....and will Kinsler's defense last at 2b....and will Salty end up at C or 1b....but IMO the pieces are there it's just a matter of making them fit.