WHAT THEY NEEDED: With the departure of fan favorite Ozzie Guillen, the team desperately sought a solid vet who can play shortstop until flashy rookie Mike Caruso is ready. A starting catcher, starting pitching and some proven outfielders would also be welcome.
WHAT THEY GOT: Former Ranger Benji Gil, who's no Ozzie. Free agents Chad Kreuter and Charlie O'Brien will fight for the catching job. Roger McDowell will try his hand at long relief, and Ruben Sierra will be given one more chance.
WHAT IT ALL MEANS: Nothing. Gil, Kreuter and O'Brien are bargain-basement stock, and nary a starting pitcher was signed. This is a team in bad shape.