The Texas Rangers finished with a losing record this past season (68-94) for the sixth year in a row. The front office didn't go out and sign Corey Seager and Marcus Semien to massive contracts last offseason to stay near the bottom of the AL West, though. This is a team that desires to compete with the best.
The Rangers head into 2023 ranked right in the middle of the league when it comes to their current payroll. Don't be surprised if a few big names opt to take their talents to Globe Life Field, especially with World Series-winning manager Bruce Bochy coming aboard. Here's a look at three players Texas needs to sign in free agency.
Texas Rangers Free Agency
1. Martin Perez, SP
This one is a no-brainer. The Rangers gave Martin Perez a chance last offseason with a one-year deal worth $4 million. All he did was go on to have the best season of his career. The 31-year-old southpaw finished with a 12-8 record, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP across 32 starts (196 1/3 innings). Perez was also named to the All-Star team for the first time in his career and averaged only 0.5 home runs allowed per nine innings. Texas has already expressed interest in bringing Perez back on a long-term deal and it only makes sense that the veteran pitcher would want to keep working with a coaching staff that brought out the best in him. All that's left is to do is draw up a contract.
2. Jacob deGrom, SP
There's no underselling how impactful Jacob deGrom is when he is on the mound. The two-time Cy Young winner owns a career ERA of 2.52 and has posted a strikeout percentage above 42.0% in each of the last two seasons. Batters are constantly being fooled by his deep arsenal of pitches, and now the bona fide ace enters free agency after opting out of his deal with the New York Mets. If Texas wants to compete in the AL West right now, signing deGrom to give them a legitimate ace at the top of the rotation would be the move to make.
3. Andrew Benintendi, OF
Aside from addressing a shallow pitching staff, the Rangers need to be focused on finding someone to play left field every day. A whopping 13 different players drew a start there for Texas during the 2022 season, and none of them shined. In fact, the Rangers posted the worst OPS in left field (.508) in the American League. Andrew Benintendi is a name to keep an eye on as he is one of the youngest outfielders on the free-agent market. The 28-year-old is likely looking for a long-term deal after winning his first Gold Glove award in 2021 and making his first All-Star team in 2022. He's been a solid all-around player throughout his career and his on-base skills would make him a great table-setter for Texas.
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