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Rangers still open for business after $185 million splurge on Jacob deGrom

(AP photo/Julia Nikhinson)



SAN DIEGO —  The anticipated battle for Jacob deGrom many were planning for the winter meetings never even made it to the octagon.

The Rangers snatched him up Friday, making the first free-agent takedown of the MLB offseason.

The right-hander signed for five years and a cool $185 million as the best starting pitcher on the market. The Rangers believe deGrom is the best starting pitcher on the planet.

The Rangers know they still have to be better, but they haven’t had to call any player agents to inform them there’s money left to spend. Instead, the agents have picked up the pace of their calls.

And with good reason.

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. Curtis Chambers December 6, 2022

    DeForm firs the TX strategy of evaluating pitchers who have had injuries, and puckish g the o es who they feel will bounce back strong. And recent history proves they gave been pretty good at that. When past history is not necessarily a predictor of future success, Im keeping my fingers crossed that this time too they are right abothis guys health.

    1. Jeff Wilson December 12, 2022

      All pitchers have some form of injury history. It’s a lot of risk with deGrom, but they wouldn’t have done it had they not felt good about him.


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