WHAT THEY NEEDED: A steady shortstop. More starting pitching. A reserve catcher. Bullpen depth.
WHAT THEY GOT: Kevin Elster returns after a year in Pittsburgh to play short. Aaron Sele will enter the rotation after an injury-plagued stint in Boston. Roberto Kelly will play for his 806th team, and Luis Alicea is a stopgap at second. Bill Haselman will back up Pudge.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS: The key is Sele—everyone says he's got monster stuff, it's just a matter of throwing it consistently. On the other hand, if he has another 5.38 ERA kind of year, the Texas staff is toast. Elster is a big offensive upgrade from Benji Gil, but he's 33 and injury-prone. The Rangers probably don't have enough to win the AL West, but they could make a run at the wild-card slot.