Rangers opt to build slowly
It isn't easy, as the Yankees' 2005 payroll hurtles toward a quarter of a billion dollars, Seattle spends $114 million on Richie Sexson and Adrian Beltre and starting pitchers with sub-.500 career records basically name their price. But the Rangers are refraining from doing anything reckless today under the assumption they'll be proven right come July or August.
After a season in which Texas improved from 71 to 89 victories, Buck Showalter won the American League Manager of the Year award and the team enjoyed a 420,000 attendance spike, Hicks has signed on to the John Hart-Showalter program with fervor. He's listening to his baseball people, resisting the temptation to splurge and embracing a more methodical approach to success.
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