Astros: Houston, We Have a Rivalry! The Silver Boot Means so Much More Now

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The Rangers plan, get younger.

xAug 9, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) points towards his dugout after his RBI-double against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Safeco Field. Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano (22) is at right. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

The Rangers took a different path to their current team structure.  They have drafted well but have also spent money on key pieces.  Prince Fielder was acquired via trade and is still just 31 years old.  Despite missing most of last year with a neck injury, he is known for his durability and can provide that center of the lineup presence for another few years at least.  Texas also has spent money in the international market. They made a trade deadline deal for Cole Hamels, when they were not considered a contender.

Perhaps the biggest fish in recent years was Yu Darvish, who has shown Cy Young ability and consistency despite being out with an arm injury in 2015. He has dominated the Astros in his brief career, and he’ll led the Rangers again in 2016.

Next: Adding fuel to the rivalry fire (Villains).