The Texas Rangers were extremely busy the past two off-season’s acquiring talent. This off-season has been less about signing big names and more about filling holes.
The Rangers lost catcher Mitch Garver to the Seattle Mariners via free agency. In his place they have signed veteran catcher Andrew Knizner to the club.
Knizner hit .241 with a .712 OPS in 70 games with St. Louis in 2023.
“We want to make sure we have ample backup options to protect [Heim] to give him blows when necessary, while also providing a high-quality level of performance to help us win,” Rangers general manager Chris Young said according to MLB.com.
The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitcher Daniel Duarte (pronounced DWAHR-tay) from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for cash considerations.
The 27-year-old right-hander went 3-0 with a 3.69 ERA (13 ER/31.2 IP) over 31 relief appearances spanning five stints with Cincinnati last year according to the press release.
He should help bolster the bullpen and add to its success.
Also according to the press release the Rangers have signed right-handed pitcher José Ureña (pronounced oo-RAIN-ya) to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training camp. The veteran pitcher combined for 10 games/starts with Colorado and Chicago-AL in 2023. He also pitched at the Triple-A level in both the Washington (Rochester) and Chicago-AL (Charlotte) organizations, combining to go 2-4 with a 5.60 ERA (55 ER/88.1 IP) over 19 games/starts.
The Texas Rangers have also added 2 international prospects to their system. Shortstops Curley Martha and Yolfran Castillo.
According to MLB.com “Santana fits the mold of a five-tool player. If the 16-year-old from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, played against premier American high-school talents, it’s believed that he would line up well with the elite of the class. He has drawn comparisons to Julio Rodríguez both on and off the field.”
“Martha was a standout at the 2019 Little League World Series for Curacao, swatting three homers en route to leading his team to the World Championship Game.”
None of these signings are Seager/deGrom signings, but they will help now and in the future for this franchise. The Rangers are looking to do whatever they can with their financial constraints to repeat as champions.
As Jared Sandler said on the Ranger Report Podcast, there is a reason no team has repeated in close to 30 years. It’s tough.
Players leave, players have worse years or get injured, players fail to repeat success.
The Rangers still have a great team going into the 2024 season. Is it good enough to repeat? Only time will tell.
The Texas Rangers are not done, and we will keep you updated here on Dallas Sports Nation when anything happens.