I want to make the case that the Rangers really don't have as much money as everyone thinks.
1. First, they have a budget of 125 million for 2014. The GM has already let that be known.
2. 85.6 million is tied up in about 9 players for 2014.
3. 2 options-1 for Joe Nathan at 9 million, 1 for Berkman at 12 million. I don't expect they'll approve Berkman's, but they have already said they will with Nathan. I think it's a mutual option though.
4. Their entire OF is entering FA, along with a couple catchers. I don't expect them to bring everyone back, but they will have a number of holes to fill. 2013 contracts follow as a comparison.
About 37 million if they're able to bring everyone back at 2013 salaries. Like I said, i don't think they'll bring everyone back, but they'll definitely take on some payroll bringing some of them back.
Finally, the arb eligibles. 6 players are eligible for arbitration. 4 of them for the first time, 1 for the 2nd, 1 for the 3rd. I think 15 million is a reasonable sum.
I'd like to think the Reds could trade Bailey/Brandon for Profar+. I just think the Rangers won't be able to take on the payroll it would require. They're going to have as much trouble making the numbers work as the Reds will this year.