Rob Neyer discusses the idea of "floating" realignment in Major League Baseball. Tom Verducci had the details in a story yesterday.
One interesting part of the discussion in Verducci's story:
Divisions still would loosely follow geographic lines; no team would join a division more than two time zones outside its own, largely to protect local television rights (i.e., start times of games) and travel costs.
The phrase "more than two times zones" is interesting. But I would think if protecting local television rights and cutting down travel costs matters, the Rangers could move out of the AL West, which involves playing games two time zones away.
I can tell you from a TV perspective, that would be much better. These 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. starts on the west coast aren't any fun for fans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Neyer doesn't think this "floating" realignment is very practical. I agree. And it looks like it's merely an idea and nothing more at this time.
Part of me thinks it would be cool to see the Rangers in the AL Central with teams closer to their time zone. But I don't know if all of that movement is realistic. What do you think? Do you want the Rangers to move divisions?