The 2023-2024 MLB Offseason is moving very very slowly. After the last two offseasons in which the Rangers have made huge splashes, many fans are wondering when things will heat up for the defending champions.
Despite winning the World Series, the Rangers offseason is still filled with many questions. Luckily for you, I’m here to take my shot at answering said questions with a full Rangers offseason Q&A.
If Jordan Montgomery doesn’t come back, where do the Rangers pivot?
The free agency of Jordan Montgomery is going to get interesting as soon as Yoshinobu Yamamoto signs in the coming days or weeks.
Many of baseball’s most prestigious franchises are in need of starting pitching and will likely pivot to Montgomery if they don’t land Yamamoto. The Boston Red Sox are a team that I would watch out for as they are confirmed to have interest in Montgomery who makes his offseason home in Boston.
If Montgomery does sign elsewhere, look for the Rangers to swing at the middle of the free agent market to fill a back-end rotation spot until deGrom, Scherzer, and new signing Tyler Mahle come back in the summer. Some names to watch for would include Marcus Stroman Lucas Giolito, and Michael Lorenzen.
Don’t be surprised if the Rangers use a trade to fill a rotation spot. We know that Texas has the prospects to trade for just about anyone and with many of baseball’s top arms available on the trade market a blockbuster could be in the cards for Chris Young.
Would you rather sign Josh Hader or multiple bullpen arms to build the pen?
The short answer to your question would be multiple arms but here’s why.
Hader is likely going to command a deal larger than the 5 year $102 Million deal that Edwin Diaz got from the Mets last offseason and to me that’s just too much for a reliever.
There are plenty of good bullpen options on the market and the Rangers aren’t just one arm away from a good bullpen. With Chris Stratton, Will Smith, and possibly Aroldis Chapman not coming back next year, it makes more sense that the Rangers would go after a few different guys rather than just Hader.
Is this a make-or-break season for Jack Leiter and Cole Winn?
Jack Leiter and Cole Winn are two pitchers who the Rangers thought would have made an impact on the big league club by now and that has just not happened.
Both guys have struggled at the minor-league level and the Rangers have a World Championship without them.
It’s hard to say that 2024 is a make-or-break year for Leiter and Winn because of the talent that they have and the hope that they can figure it out eventually. However, with that being said I wouldn’t label it as a complete make-or-break year but it’s pretty close to it.
Now that CJ Nitkowski is joining the Braves’ broadcast team who are the candidates to replace him? – There is really no telling when it comes to broadcaster’s free agency but we do know that the Rangers will have a replacement for Nitkowski sometime in early 2024.
You’d have to think that the most likely candidates would be people like David Murphy or Dave Valle who are already a part of the Bally Sports Southwest team.
I think a fun wildcard would be Derek Holland who consistently appears on 105.3 The Fan and did some work for CBS 11 during the World Series.