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The Sunday Read: Bally sucks, but Rangers’ 2024 season isn’t doomed

(AP photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

 

 

The floodgates might have opened Saturday afternoon.

Shohei Ohtani made up his mind, though the Dodgers might have done that for him with a 10-year, $700 million contract.

His old team, the Angels, wasted no time removing the giant photo of him outside of Angel Stadium, though they long ago had an idea that they wouldn’t be re-signing the two-time American League MVP.

Now that Ohtani has decided, the teams who missed on him can begin working on their Plan Bs and the free agents who have been on hold can start making their plans for 2024.

It could happen quickly.

The Rangers might be one of the teams in on the action, even in light of a report Friday from the intrepid Ken Rosenthal.

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. ward4807@gmail.com December 10, 2023

    Thanks for the information on the Bally situation.It looks like I need to do a little research on how Fox SW became Bally and how Bally seems to have screwed up.

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  2. deGrom Texas Ranger December 10, 2023

    A real capitalist market would involved teams trying to make profits. The issue is that there are billionaires who don’t care about profits instead of publicly owned corporations who make sound business decisions. Paying a DH (Yordan Alvarez – 30 MM) and a possible reliever (10-15 MM value) is absurd. Present value aside, they supposedly threw in 100 MM extra. The marketing value of “20-30 MM” per year is BS and probably based on him winning MVPs every year. If he stops pitching and becomes Yordan Alvarez essentially, all the fake hype goes away, and Japanese people will flock to the next superstar (Roki Sasaki, Yamamoto, etc.). That entirely goes away if he is injured for a while or underperforms. This will go down as the worst contract in MLB history, as I had already expected once they said he was at 500+ MM in bidding after the TJS. Add 200 MM to the worst contract in MLB history, and this may go down as the worst contract in sports history, or even the worst investment in the history of investments (even worse than investing in Enron).

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  3. Boo December 11, 2023

    I know the Rangers can’t create their own TV network overnight but if there was a good time to start on it, wouldn’t it be now!? Ballys has already announced that 2024 will be their last year broadcasting MLB games so your timeline is set. The obvious solution seems to be to use MLBTV as the platform, with of course removing the blackout restrictions. 🙂 But some teams currently have their own existing networks. It’s a mess.

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  4. Kevin Kindrick December 18, 2023

    I just subscribed today and everything seems to be working ok, but not sure about the Sunday Read articles. They only let me see a couple paragraphs and then tell me to log in. I’m already logged in. I’m sure I’m missing something, but I’m missing it. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Kevin

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    1. Jeff Wilson January 2, 2024

      Did we get this resolved?

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