The Sunday Read: A 10-deep look at Rangers’ starting pitching (for now) for 2023
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The rotation is set, for now, and it’s the best Rangers have had since at least 2016.
The 2016 rotation, anchored by Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish, led the Rangers to the best record in the American League.
The Rangers now have shifted their focus to an outfielder and bullpen pieces to help them contend in 2023, which is the stated expectation of general manager Chris Young. Many of the best outfielders and relievers, at least in free agency, have found new teams.
The Rangers didn’t even make an offer to new Twins right fielder Joey Gallo, a source said, but are reportedly pursuing Michael Conforto.
Left-hander Matt Moore could return to the bullpen, though the Rangers are only one of many suitors for the reliever.
But with a starting pitcher like Jacob deGrom, the rotation is expected to carry the Rangers.
However, they are going to need more than the five starters they have penciled into the rotation.
Here’s a look at the rotation and the depth pieces: