(Dallas-105.3 The Fan)-Royal’s pitcher Zack Greinke is off the market and with every passing day the Rangers fall further behind the contenders in the American League.

The Ranger’s off-season started with plenty of optimism, but that excitement has faded as Cliff Lee and Zack Greinke are off the market and the Rangers find themselves without a true # 1 starter.  It is more than a little disappointing that Jon Daniels, Nolan Ryan and Company haven’t done more to help this club in since the World Series ended in November.  They had the opportunity to get Cliff Lee before he bolted for Philadelphia but whiffed on the years and now the Rangers have squandered on the opportunity to land Zack Greinke by allowing him to be traded to Milwaukee.  It appears the Rangers aren’t being nearly as aggressive as we were led to believe when the Ryan – Greenberg ownership group outbid Mark Cuban last summer to buy the team.

Some have suggested that Kansas City wanted to deal Greinke to the National League as not to face him during the regular season, but be honest with yourself, the Rangers have more than enough talent in the minors to get any deal done.  They should be much more willing to part with prospects knowing they are in a Championship window and prospects are a long-shot to become all-stars.

The Rangers don’t have enough starting pitching to get back to the World Series at this point, they must act on one of the two options remaining, Minnesota free agent Carl Pavano or Tampa’s Matt Garza.  Anything short of the Pavano and Garza leaves the Rangers vulnerable in the American League and slipping further behind the competition.  Ranger nation is getting restless, can Daniels, Ryan and Greenberg calm the masses.