So says Kevin Sherrington in this morning's paywall-protected column, which so intrigues me that I'm tempted to drive over to Chick-Fil-A after my morning run, pick up a copy of the News, and see what kind of case he brings to the table * -- a case which apparently also suggests that the Rangers' flaws run so deep that they cannot be bailed out by any kind of trade this month.
[* - I probably won't do this, but it is tempting. Funny that this kind of pessimism-blowing story drops the morning after the Rangers finally string together a couple of wins.]
I presume this means if the Rangers went out and grabbed Anibal Sanchez or John Danks or a Carlos Beltran combo platter later this month at a hefty premium, it would still mean that the Rangers were doomed, because "tired, uninspired, sloppy play ... is not the stuff of extended streaks or championship seasons."
I'll report back with the general tone of the story if/when I make said excursion this morning *, or somebody else can report what was said in the comments if they actually drop a healthy amount of coin per month on the News's online product. I'm just really curious about the case being made that this team is already beyond saving even with the right combination of non-roster reinforcements and outside talent, because it "lost its edge."
Saying that this team should be better than the standings reflect is one thing. Saying that this team isn't as good as it should be because it has mysteriously been sapped of some of its will to win is quite a bit more presumptuous and vague.
[* - I still probably won't do this.]