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Rangers Not Close to Locking Up Important Free Agent Pitcher

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Texas Rangers are not close to locking up an important free agent pitcher.
The Texas Rangers are not close to locking up an important free agent pitcher. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Texas Rangers signed veteran starting pitcher Martin Perez to a low-risk one-year contract ahead of the 2022 season. He ended up being one of the best surprises of the regular season and earned an All-Star bid by tossing 196.1 innings of 1.96 ERA baseball.

Considering the franchise allowed the eighth most runs in baseball, Texas has clear intentions of re-signing their ace to a contract extension. MLB free agency is in full swing this week, but unfortunately, the Rangers are not close to making this deal happen.

Per a competitive balance measure, the Rangers are allowed to offer Perez a qualifying offer. This is a measure the franchise can take to ensure they receive some compensation should Perez sign elsewhere. All of that can be avoided if the two sides reach a deal before Thursday's free agency window officially opens.

MLB insider indicates the two sides "aren't close" on a multiyear deal. It's unclear the specifics, should it be related to contract length or average annual value (AAV), but that's a discouraging sign ahead of Perez' free agency.

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