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Chances are if we were offered $256 million, playing for the Texas Rangers wouldn't be such a bad idea.

But, boy, are they a bad baseball team.

As you know, Alex Rodriguez left the Seattle Mariners a year ago, opting for the big money in Texas. His sanity would have been questioned had he declined that offer.

After Monday's 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins, the Rangers are a season-low nine games below .500 and have dropped nine of their last 10 games.

The Rangers are also 55 games worse than Seattle since Rodriguez left the Mariners before last season.

The Mariners won an American League record 116 games last year and are off to another quick start in 2002, once again leading the West Division.

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The Rangers have guys like Juan Alvarez, Dave Burba, Ismael Valdes and Rudy Seanez on their pitching staff and others like Mike Lamb, Michael Young and Jason Romano supplying the offense. Not to mention Carl Everett as a clubhouse leader.

As Rodriguez is finding out, money can buy a lot of things but not necessarily a good baseball team.

Paul Christian

pchristian@postbulletin.com

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