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Thursday newsletter time: Rangers’ 2024 TV deal could be settled soon

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Two weeks ago, lawyers for Diamond Sports Group said they expect to have answers by Feb. 1 from three teams they were hoping to drop for 2024.

Today is Feb. 1, and one of the three teams is the Rangers.

The Athletic reported on Wednesday that the three teams are expected to agree to one-year deals with for 2024 to have their games carried by the Bally regional networks, which would mean the Rangers will again be on Bally Sports Southwest.

They would take a pay cut from the $110 million-plus they are owed, but it’s not expected to be more than 15 percent.

That jives with what Rangers Today was told during Fan Fest. The team will by OK for 2024 and in the meantime will be searching for a partner or partners for 2025 and beyond in an evolving market.

The key component is figuring out how to get content to the wide range of consumers

The Rangers don’t own their streaming rights. MLB does and could lend a hand by entering into a partnership with a streaming service, like Amazon, and distributing revenue to the clubs. The Rangers would still need partners for their linear rights, which they can sell to cable distributors and satellite providers.

First, though, they have to reach a deal with Diamond, and more light could be shed on that as early as today.

Hearing ahead?

General manager Chris Young said on Tuesday that nothing was new on the Adolis Garcia front, meaning the sides have been unable to avoid salary arbitration. Hearings across baseball were scheduled to begin Monday, and Garcia said last week that he was waiting for one.

Should the impasse persist, the Rangers would go to their first arbitration hearing since 2000, when they beat first baseman Lee Stevens. They came close in 2016, when they settled with first baseman Mitch Moreland only hours before his hearing was set to begin in Phoenix.

Garcia filed at $6.9 million for 2024, and the Rangers countered at $5 million. A panel of arbitrators would hear the case and choose a side.

Even if the player wins, he can lose after hearing his team nit-pick at all of his flaws in attempting to prove their case.

Garcia said last week that regardless of the outcome of a potential hearing, he’ll show up as the same player he has been the past three seasons.

He will have two more years of arbitration, and potential hearings, after this season unless the sides can work out an extension. Maybe that would heal any wounds from an arbitration hearing.

 

Seager’s toughness

Those who watched really closely during the Rangers’ run to the World Series probably noticed a few instances when Corey Seager looked like he was nursing an injury.

He pulled his hamstring early last season, and those injuries never really go away. He hurt his thumb shortly after the All-Star break, and maybe he didn’t feel much like running after getting jammed on pitch.

Seager was nursing a new injury, a sports hernia that was repaired surgically Tuesday. He will miss most of spring training but could be ready for Opening Day.

Young said that the pain wasn’t bad enough to keep Seager from playing, and he played his tail off. He hit one of the most famous home runs in Rangers history in Game 1 of the World Series en route to being the series MVP.

However, it wasn’t the first World Series homer hit by a Rangers player with a sports hernia. Josh Hamilton hit two-run shot in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series shortly after the Cardinals had forced a tie in the ninth inning.

Hamilton underwent surgery shortly after the season and in 2012 launched 42 home runs, including four in one game.

No pressure, Corey.

Doggy video!

We’ve all been there. Enjoy.

 

Jeff Wilson, jeff@rangerstoday.com

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. deGrom Texas Ranger February 1, 2024

    MLBTR does report, however, that the amount may not be the same in 2024 as it was in 2023. I recall it being heavily backloaded (20 years 3 B). It’s messed up they fell for Bally’s trap of backloading until they go bankrupt and then running away.

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