The big free agent signings of shortstop Corey Seager and Marcus Semien didn't help the Texas Rangers end a postseason drought that now spans across the last six seasons. A subpar pitching staff and a lack of outfield depth ultimately led to a fourth place finish in the AL West (68-94 record).
The upcoming offseason presents an opportunity for the Rangers to get back into the mix alongside the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Making the right free agent signings is going to be crucial, but it all starts in house. Here's look at three Texas players that will likely be playing elsewhere in 2023.
Texas Rangers 2023 Roster
1. Martin Perez, SP
Veteran starting pitcher Martin Perez bet on himself last offseason by signing a one-year deal to lead the Rangers' pitching staff. Saying that strategy worked out is an understatement. Perez was named an All-Star for the first time in his career and finished the season with the eighth-best ERA in the American League (2.89). He also struck out 169 batters in 196.1/3 innings and threw his first complete game shutout against the Astros in May. Perez is in for a massive payday and at 31 years of age, it wouldn't be surprising to see him prioritize the idea of joining a contender during free agency. A shutdown lefty starter is hard to come by in today's league.
2. Matt Moore, RP
Matt Moore revitalized his entire career with the Rangers this season. The long-time starter worked solely out of the bullpen and it did wonders for his production. Moore finished the year with an impressive 1.95 ERA and 1.18 WHIP across 63 appearances (74.0 innings). The only problem for Texas is that Moore's success combined with his ability to work multiple innings is going to make him a hot commodity on the free agent market. The Rangers have bigger holes on the roster to address than their bullpen, meaning they won't have the cash to match the offers of other teams help in that area. Moore's stay in the Lone Star State looks to be over after just one year.
3. Kole Calhoun, OF
There is no reason the Rangers should exercise outfielder Kole Calhoun's $5.5 million club option in 2023, especially considering a buyout is not needed to decline it. Calhoun posted a dreadful slash line of .196/.257/.330 and struck out at a career-worst rate of 32.1% across 125 games played this season. Adolis Garcia is locked into the center field spot moving forward and the Rangers have a number of young players on the roster ready to prove themselves in the corner spots. Josh Smith, Ezequiel Duran, Leody Taveras are just a few names that have more upside that Calhoun does. All signs point to the 35-year-old hitting the open market this winter.
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