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The Sunday Read: Veterans Yates, Robertson holding Rangers’ bullpen together

(Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports)


ARLINGTON — The No. 1 task on the Rangers’ offseason to-do list was upgrading the bullpen, and fans reveling in the club’s first World Series title believed that anything less than left-hander Josh Hader would rate as a disappointment. A failure, even.

Rangers relievers were so unreliable last season that they managed to have more blown saves than converted saves. The relievers did save their best for last, in the postseason, and that performance might have convinced the Rangers to set their eyes a little lower than the top of the market.

Sitting beneath Hader and others who received multi-year contracts were veterans Kirby Yates and David Robertson, whose birthday cakes light up a room. Pitchers of their ilk would be stop-gap fixes rather than the long-term pieces for whichever teams signed them.

Facing an uncertain TV deal and pushing toward the second luxury-tax penalty, the Rangers were the team that signed them to one-year contracts. Groans of the Rangers shopping from baseball’s discount rack ensued.

The other 29 MLB teams wish they had found the same bargains.

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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