1. Dream a little bit, and tell me what your ideal Opening Day 2012 starting rotation looks like.
2. MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan on Elvis Andrus, as part of his eight Rangers items of interest going into this off-season: "Andrus remains a gifted defensive shortstop with a superb ability to do all the little things offensively that Washington requires. He plays the game with flair and unsurpassed joy. He has been the starting shortstop on two World Series teams. Still, it is worth wondering if he has hit his plateau as an offensive player or if there is more in him."
Do you think Elvis (.279/.347/.361 in 2011) has indeed plateaued offensively at the age of 23 and a couple of months, or is it far too early to arrive at such a conclusion?
3. Buster Olney writes this morning -- don't read the opening to his column unless you want your heart torn out of your chest again -- that Grady Sizemore's time in Cleveland is over, and that he could make sense as a center fielder for the Rangers/Rays/Nationals/Brewers on a one-year deal if his good post-surgical prognosis holds up. (Sizemore has undergone surgery twice in the last 26 months to repair separate sports hernias, and lost nearly his entire 2010 season to microfracture surgery in his left knee).
On a one-year, $4-5 million deal, would Sizemore make any sense for Texas as their first option in center field going into 2012? If not, is the answer some combination of Julio Borbon/Endy Chavez/Craig Gentry holding down center field until Leonys Martin is ready ... or is the answer not presently in the organization?
4. If I pointed a gun to your head and asked you to tell me the one thing that you most want to see the Rangers do in the next 3-4 months, what would that one thing be?