11th-hour deal saves Rangers, Garcia from arbitration hearing
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The Rangers’ streak without going to an arbitration hearing lives on, and the potential disruption of a harmonious relationship between the world champions and the player who helped them hoist the hardware is in tact.
The club and right fielder Adolis Garcia narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a two-year, $14 million deal shortly before the sides were to argue their cases. The deal buys out Garcia’s second arbitration year in 2025 but leaves him arbitration-eligible in 2026.
Garcia wanted $6.9 million this season after being selected as an All-Star, MVP of the American League Championship Series and a Gold Glove winner, and the Rangers wanted to give him $5 million. He will make $4.75 million in 2024 and $9.25 million in 2025, and the deal could max out at $20.25 million if he hits every incentive.
The main sentiment afterward seemed to be relief.