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Rangers = #7org

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Fangraphs' annual organizational rankings have reached the Rangers and Texas gets a respectable - and I think fair - #7 ranking. For those unfamiliar, Fangraphs is a great baseball website that has a relationship with SB Nation and supplies a lot of great player statistics, even aside from their writing. Their rankings are based on four main categories (with Rangers' rank in parentheses):

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Present Talent - 83.33 (8th)
Future Talent - 80.0 (16th)
Financial Resources - 83.46 (5th)
Baseball Operations - 84.17 (8th)

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Steve Slowinsky writes it up, and he's pretty complimentary, particularly of Jon Daniels' recent activity.

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During his time with the Rangers, Daniels has restocked the minor league system, built a strong pitching staff, and turned the Rangers into a team built for long-term success. His work this past season might be his pièce de résistance: working through the swirling financial issues, Daniels struck gold with Colby Lewis, switched C.J. Wilson to the starting rotation, and managed to swing a trade for Cliff Lee

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Though Daniels may not deserve personal kudos for moving Wilson to the rotation, he did have quite a winter in 09-10. Anyway, check the whole thing out, and check out the response from Lone Star Ball, which is a little tepid. 

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.