The 2022 MLB season came to an end over the week with the Houston Astros lifting a World Series championship trophy. That didn't stop teams from quickly looking ahead to the 2023 season. The first step is sorting through more than 131 players who became official free agents on Sunday.
The rumor mill is already beginning to swirl. One of those rumors circle around the Texas Rangers, who have already been linked to several star pitchers.
MLB insider Mark Feinsand reported some early rumors ahead of Thursday's official "free agency open" and calls the Rangers "a team to watch" with several starting pitchers, including Jacob deGrom, Carlos Rodon or Justin Verlander.
He explained a source informed him the franchise is "very big on the high-impact starters." All three elite pitchers held player options on their current contracts. Both Rodon and deGrom have officially opted out and will test free agency, although Verlander has yet to make an official decision.
According to average annual contract values (AAV) from Sportrac, Verlander and deGrom are the more expensive options at upwards of $40 million per year. Rodon's figure sits at $31.6 million. Texas is approximately $136 million under the luxury tax threshold, and the franchise has the means to go after one of these big names.
Just last year, the Rangers spent a combined $500 million on Corey Seager and Marcus Semien.
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