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Rangers spring training begins in eight days, when pitchers and catchers will work out for the first time Feb. 14.

Players and coaches will begin flocking to Surprise, Ariz., en masse next Monday after the Super Bowl, including manager Bruce Bochy and pitching coach Mike Maddux. Position players will follow later this week for the first full-squad workout Feb. 19.

All good news.

But some news could be coming this week.

The Rangers and right fielder Adolis Garcia remain apart in arbitration and appear to be headed to a hearing. The sides can continue to work on a deal until the hearing begins, at which point a panel will decide whether Garcia will be paid the $5 million the Rangers want to pay him or the $6.9 million he wants.

Left-hander Jordan Montgomery seems to be apart from everybody. He remains as free agent, and at this point the mega-deal he wants doesn’t appear to be out there. He’ll still do OK, and he might even get paid by the Rangers. Maybe his patience runs out this week.

Maybe it happens Friday, when a bankruptcy judge is scheduled to rule on the deal the Rangers have reached with Diamond Sports Group to have their games broadcast on Bally Sports Southwest this season. The deal is expected to be for less than the Rangers were owed, but it makes them a free agent after the season and allows them to pursue their own deal for 2025 and beyond.

As recent history has told us, though, the Rangers have done business in spring training. They signed Robbie Grossman and Will Smith last year after pitchers and catchers reported. They signed Ian Kennedy late in 2021 and Ian Desmond late in 2016.

Plenty of free agents are still available.

Great. More loose ends.

Hey, Mr. DJ

The agent for former Rangers outfielder DJ Peters posted on social media that Peters has signed a minor-league deal with the Rangers, but not the kind that comes with a shiny invite to big-league spring training.

And there’s a reason: Peters is now a pitcher.

I missed it, too.

The stats suggest that he’s raw, as would be expected. Peters walked more than he struck out in his first go-round at pitching, but he throws his fastball pretty hard and complements it with a slider.

Peters played for the Rangers in 2021, hitting 12 homers after being claimed on waivers from the Dodgers. But he batted only .198 and struck out 33 percent of the time. A chance to play in Korea didn’t all that go well, so he returned to the U.S. on a minor-league deal with the Nationals and then tried out pitching last season with the Tigers organization.

Peters aces the character test the Rangers apply to potential additions to the club. He’s going to work hard and be a great teammate. At 28, he’s still young enough to give baseball a go.

The Rangers are taking a no-risk flier. If it doesn’t work out, which seems likely, the team and Peters can go their separate ways with no hard feelings.

ICYMI …

Spring training is near. News is piling up, not all of it good. Some of it is. It’s also time to take a deeper look at the state of the club as the Rangers begin defense of the first World Series in franchise history. Here’s our latest, in case you missed.

The Sunday Read: Bullpen outlook

2024 TV update

Adrian Beltre’s decision

Surgery for Seager

Doggy video!

A great idea, in theory. 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. deGrom Texas Ranger February 5, 2024

    I still haven’t heard a date for Adolis’s hearing. I recall these dates being reported weeks befire the hearings, though my memory may be bad. Does anyone know when it is scheduled?

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