The Sunday Read: Looking at Rangers with spring training creeping closer
(AP photo/Ross D. Franklin)
The slowest non-lockout, non-strike offseason since, well, a very long time is masking the fact that the Rangers are less than 30 days from the start of spring training.
They weren’t completely idle while Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto took their sweet time to sign and while waiting for clarity on how much TV revenue will flow into club coffers.
The Rangers know what they still need, namely a starting pitcher. Left-hander Jordan Montgomery remains available, and his market appears to have shrunk enough to keep the Rangers in play even amid their purported money woes.
However, the Rangers never needed much this offseason. The are the reigning world champions after all.
Eight of the nine regulars in the postseason batting order return, and four of the five starters for much of the regular season are also back. The bullpen has had some turnover, but most bullpens in baseball experience turnover.
Here’s how the Rangers stack up with ahead of the first workout for pitchers and catchers Feb. 14.