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Monday newsletter time: Ohtani or spread the wealth? Rangers fans chime in

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A good response was offered Sunday morning on Twitter after the weekly Sunday Read was posted.

It was a three-part question, actually, but the first one stood out:

Which percentage of Rangers fans want them to sign Shohei Ohtani?

The question assumes that fans understand the potential financial ramifications and risks that will come with adding the two-way star and reigning American League MVP.

That, led to the first-ever Rangers Today poll question:

General manager Chris Young might have carte blanche after guiding the Rangers to the World Series. The plan is to keep the Rangers’ competitive window open indefinitely, and Ohtani would help with that. So would two or three notable free agents (or trade acquisitions).

The Dodgers are the perceived favorites for Ohtani, but it’s been reported that he was impressed with the Rangers when they courted him in 2017. He wasn’t impressed enough to sign with them, but they are more attractive now with the World Series title, the ballpark where he hits well and with the money ownership has been willing to spend.

As Max Scherzer advised, winning is better than money, and Scherzer makes more money than anyone in the game.

For now.

Cyber Monday deal

Rangers Today is still offering its Black Friday deal, 20 percent off an annual subscription (only $48!). For Cyber Monday, though, we’ve sweetened the pot:

An annual subscription for $48 and a copy of At Long Last for $5. This deal is limited to the first 20 new subscribers. If you want, I’ll even sign your copy of one of Amazon’s bestselling new baseball books.

If you already have the book, you can turn around and send it to someone for Christmas. Shoot, you can even give the membership and the book for Christmas.

Pretty sweet deal.

If you want only the book, the National Baseball Hall of Fame has it available for 30 percent off on Cyber Monday.

Website update

Some of you received a test email Sunday as part of a checkup for the Rangers Today website and its email lists. Thanks to those who responded.

More intensive work on the email lists is coming as we attempt to clean up the bounce issues and streamline the process. That is likely to happen before the end of the year. Now that we’re not chasing both kids around to various games on the weekends, I have a little more time to focus on improving the user experience.

In the meantime, the podcast will fire up another episode this week as a preview of the winter meetings. Hopefully there is news to report before then, but John Moore and I will dive in regardless. We have a couple possibilities to be the guest, so we’ll see what happens there.

Doggy video!

Me, hopefully, after getting the initial sales data for At Long Last (order it here, too). 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 November 28, 2023

    That’s too much blind trust for a man who fans recently cursed for only acquiring Stratton and Chapman in-season. The big BP acquisition over the offseason: Will Smith. For all the guys saying spending big on Hader is inefficient, spending 50 million on a DH is certainly much more of a financial burden. Hader + Montgomery/Yam + JD Martinez > Ohtani

    1. Ruben Mota November 28, 2023

      JD Martinez is not needed. OF is a source of strength now with Wyatt. I agree go after more pieces, but not JD.

  2. Jason Harris November 28, 2023

    I’m not opposed to Ohtani but only if it doesn’t cause issues down the road financially. I don’t want to see them stand pat each off season after this and hear any money excuses if they get him. I don’t want to hear that they are banking on the farm system to supplement around him two years from now. If they decide to tie up the 400-500 mil that it might take, they still have to be willing to go after other players down the road.

  3. Jason Harris November 28, 2023

    Also, why does everyone keep saying that he loves hitting here, maybe he just loved hitting against our crap pitchers the last few seasons? lol.


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