1. With two exceptions, each player on the list is set to return next year.
Of the team's free agents, only Andrew Cashner and Carlos Gomez are on the list. Fan favorite first baseman Mike Napoli isn't after a dismal 2017. If the team is asking fans about players for marketing reasons, it's interesting because Cashner and Gomez aren't sure things to be on the Rangers' roster next year. Maybe the survey makers know something.
2. Willie Calhoun made the list.
Calhoun, acquired from the Dodgers for Yu Darvish at the trade deadline, isn't exactly a household name among casual fans; he played in just 13 games for the Rangers in 2017. That aside, the Rangers included him in a list of the team's highest-profile players, potentially pointing to a bigger role for next season.
3. For some, the choices available to evaluate the players weren't adequate.
Lone Star Ball contributor Christopher Fittz will be in bad shape if third baseman Adrian Beltre, again the Rangers' best player in 2017, ever leaves the club.
4. Rougned Odor better hope fans weren't paying attention.
I just did the survey and I'm mad there's not a "He's the reason I get up in the morning" option for Beltre.— Christopher Fittz (@apoplecticfittz) October 5, 2017
Coming off a breakthrough season in 2016, second baseman Rougned Odor regressed, and then some, in 2017. He got on base just more than 25 percent of the time, didn't make up for it with an average .400 slugging percentage and led all MLB second basemen with 17 errors. "Very negative" doesn't do Odor's season justice.
5. Sam Dyson and Jonathan Lucroy are absent from the list.
No recap of the Rangers 2017 season can be complete without noting the disastrous campaigns of former closer Sam Dyson and former catcher Jonathan Lucroy, both of whom had the worst half seasons of their careers in 2017 before they were traded to the Giants and Rockies, respectively, at midseason. Maybe the Rangers were scared the number and ferocity of "very negative" responses, especially in the 10.80 ERA-sporting Dyson's case, would've crashed the survey.
While it's exceedingly unlikely that Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels is going to take advice about the bevy of roster decisions he'll make this winter from a fan survey, one can never be too sure. The survey can be found here if you want to make sure your voice is heard.