ARLINGTON, Texas —
In 29 regular-season starts for Texas, Darvish went 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA and 221 strikeouts in 191 1-3 innings. He was an All-Star for the Rangers, who won 93 games.
When asked about last season, Darvish described it as “so-so.”
Texas manager Ron Washington said Darvish “certainly has the potential to be an ace,” but stopped short of declaring him the team’s No. 1 starter for the upcoming season.
Another potential opening-day starter is Harrison, also an All-Star last season. The Rangers have been talking to the lefty about a contract extension, and Harrison indicated Friday night that the sides could talk more this weekend while he is in town.
As for the offense, Hamilton hit a career-high 43 home runs with 128 RBIs last season while Napoli had 24 homers and 56 RBIs in 108 games. Young was the longest-tenured Texas player, the team’s career hits leader in his 12 seasons.
“It’s definitely going to be a different atmosphere,” Harrison said.
“They played a big role for the team,” Cruz said. “We’ve got to move on.”
Washington made it clear that he doesn’t want Cruz, who had 24 homers last season, to have the mindset that he has to try to do more to make up for those losses.
“Nobody’s going to do what Josh did,” Cruz said. “I’m just going to play my role, do what I do. ... If we play like we’re capable, we definitely can go far.”
Cruz and Beltre both would like to play in the World Baseball Classic for the Dominican Republic.
Beltre played for his home country in 2006 but had to skip the event in 2009 while with the Seattle Mariners “because I was hurt and the team didn’t allow me to,” he said.