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Friday newsletter time: How does Robertson signing affect Montgomery pursuits?

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The Rangers have good relief arms available to them for 2024.

Their system includes pitchers such as right-hander Yerry Rodriguez and left-hander Antoine Kelly, who flirt with 100 mph. Emiliano Teodo, who will be in big-league camp, routinely surpasses 100. Marc Church, on the 40-man roster (with Rodriguez and Kelly), can be nasty in multi-inning stints.

But the Rangers needed another veteran arm, and they locked one down Thursday with right-hander David Robertson.

He has agreed to a one-year deal reportedly worth $11 million-$12 million. A source said that Robertson will be in town today to take the physical exam required for the deal to become official.

His signing gives the Rangers another option late in games and adds depth to a bullpen that ran short of reliable arms last season.

Another way to look at his signing is the Rangers are building a bullpen with quality depth in case they are unable to re-sign Jordan Montgomery.

They have interest in the free-agent left-hander, who is represented by Scott Boras. The four top Boras free agents this offseason — Montgomery, Blake Snell, Cody Bellinger and Matt Chapman — have not found a deal to their liking.

Other transactions across the majors would suggest that Montgomery’s market has shrunk and that the Rangers’ chances of signing him have improved. The Robertson signing, though, has pushed the Rangers closer to the luxury-tax threshold, and Year One of a Montgomery deal would take them into penalty range for a second straight season.

The Rangers probably have the money to sign him, even with their TV future in the air. They have time to wait on Montgomery. They could defer money to later in the contract.

Or they could shift to a cheaper rotation option and ride with a bullpen that became deeper Thursday night.

Podcast news

The Rangers Today Baseball Podcast is cranking up again this morning with, barring a change in his schedule, manager Bruce Bochy. He’s in town ahead of the mid-winter banquet tonight and Fan Fest on Saturday.

If he has something come up at the last minute, a backup is on call.

If you missed the live podcast, no problem. The audio can be found here. If you were there and think our man Joel Perez might have snapped your picture, check for it here.

John Moore and I are going to finalize plans for the podcast’s trip to spring training, likely in early March and stretching a few days into spring break. My first trip will coincide with the first workout of the spring Feb. 14. Not very romantic, but the wife is used to it.

Lastly, and I’m probably burying the lead here, Audacy Sports has inked us to a two-year contract to be their flagship Rangers podcast. Audacy has MLB teams in a dozen or so other markets, including New York and Chicago. They wanted a Rangers podcast to pair with 105.3 The Fan, which Audacy owns.

Good things are ahead.

ICYMI …

Adrian Beltre is everywhere these days. California on Tuesday, Arlington on Wednesday and Cooperstown on Thursday. If you somehow don’t know why, check out in case you missed it.

The Hall calls Beltre

Beltre’s wild ride begins

T.R.’s Memoirs: Other Rangers in the Hall

How Jeff Wilson voted for the Hall of Fame

Doggy video!

Just a good ‘ol boy, never meaning no harm. Enjoy.

 

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

Jeff Wilson

Sports reporter for two decades. Sports fan for life. Covers the Texas Rangers. Graduate of TCU. Colorado native. Author of Purple Passion: TCU Football Legends (https://t.co/2fmXLyympx). Follow me on Twitter at @JeffWilsonTXR

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  1. srptex January 26, 2024

    Congrats on the Audacy deal. This is my favorite Rangers site.

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  2. deGrom Texas Ranger January 26, 2024

    I am so glad Texas decided to spend that money on the closer and late inning guys instead of getting another starter. Texas had 30 saves and 33 blown saves, which is under 50%. Say Robertson, Pruitt/Greene/waiver claim from NYY/etc. add 20% to the save rate. That’s 13 fewer blown saves, which should be 8-10 more wins alone. That’s a low price for so few wins. A teade for Clase would make it a perfect offseason. Bleacher Report said that Clase should be free, costing only Ezequiel “Rougned Odor” Duran and defensive prospect Walcott. I’d love that! Montgomery would also be a nice luxury, but maybe Nate Lowe can be traded along with others for Bieber and Clase.

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