On Tuesday afternoon, the Rangers made their first splash off the offseason signing veteran reliever Kirby Yates to a reported one-year deal. The club has confirmed the deal. 

Last season with the Atlanta Braves, Yates put up a 3.28 ERA in 60.1 IP while collecting five saves. Yates is just a few years removed from saving 41 games with a 1.19 ERA in 2019 with the Padres. 

Following the signing, Rangers GM Chris Young said “Improving our bullpen is a priority and we’re making progress”

Bruce Bochy who was live on MLB Network when the news of Yates’ signing broke said “He’s gonna help us, it was pretty bumpy in that bullpen and we lost some games there so we’re trying to improve that and that [Kerby Yates signing] is a great start.

The Rangers bullpen struggled mightily in 2023 putting up a 4.77 ERA and converting just 30 of 63 saves.

By now, we all know that Chris Young has no problem swinging at the top of the market and he is looking to do so once again. 

Sources confirmed that the Rangers have shown interest in flamethrower Jordan Hicks. Hicks had a 3.29 ERA in 65.2 IP with the Cardinals and Blue Jays last season. 

Josh Hader is another name who fits really really well with the Rangers. Although no confirmed interest yet, Hader is the top reliever on the market and it’s almost certain Texas will at least kick the tires on him.

Texas also has a fair amount of its own out there on the market with Aroldis Chapman, Will Smith, and Chris Stratton all being free agents. 

Speaking of its own, Rangers postseason hero Jordan Montgomery remains on the market. For now, Texas remains the “front runner” to resign the craft lefty, however, there are other teams such as the Red Sox and Yankees who are rumored to have an interest.

Despite winning the World Series, Texas will still have a busy offseason just like Rangers fans have become accustomed to these past few years. 

 

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