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"The Rangers seem to have decided to wait for their new ballpark. They could use a superstar like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, and the latter fits beautifully on their roster. Instead of chasing players like that, though, they’ve slashed payroll, projected at $116 million, their lowest since 2011. They will finish under .500, and most likely last in the AL West. They’ll be watchable, playing a lot of 9-6 games, serving up the occasional Gallo moonshot, but Globe Life Park I has seen its last playoff game."