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Tuesday newsletter time: Revisiting the Adolis Garcia-Rangers arbitration impasse

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Some dead time over the weekend led to some surfing of the internet and scrolling through Twitter, and that led to a discovery:

The Rangers’ $5 million arbitration figure for Adolis Garcia has rankled some feathers.

Garcia, the MVP of the American League Championship Series after hitting 39 home runs in the regular season, is seeking $6.9 million in his first year of salary arbitration. The $1.9 million difference was the largest among the 23 MLB players who filed after they were unable to reach an agreement.

The soonest the media is likely to get an opportunity to speak with Garcia is spring training. Rangers management doesn’t discuss contract stuff. Nothing is coming from the horses’ mouths anytime soon.

The Rangers’ number seems low, especially in light of how instrumental Garcia was en route to the first World Series title in franchise history. The Rangers don’t win it without him, though they finished off the Diamondbacks with him out because of an oblique injury.

The Rangers don’t make the postseason without his power from the cleanup spot and his knack for driving in runs, 107 of them.

Is the $5 million insulting? Garcia is the only one who can say that. Hey, maybe it was a typo. More than anything, it’s just business.

As Rangers Today speculated last week, this impasse could lead to an extension for Garcia.

Do the Rangers have another Garcia in the farm system? Wyatt Langford could be a better all-around hitter, as Garcia still strikes out too much and has a career average of .244, but Garcia is a Gold Glove winner and is the straw that stirs the Rangers’ drink.

The Rangers certainly don’t have three outfielders better than Garcia in the farm system, so buying out his arbitration years and a year or two of free agency would seem to make sense.

Garcia turns 31 on March 2. That’s not old, but it is for someone in his first year of arbitration. He doesn’t have a big window to make a bunch of money, so he might like the idea of some financial security.

And it would be a lot more than the peculiar $5 million arbitration figure.

Going international

The Rangers agreed to terms with 23 players Monday on the first day of the international signing period, ages 16, 17, 18 and 20. The highest-ranked was outfielder Paulino Santana, who came in at No. 2 on the MLB Pipeline list, and he was followed by the No. 1 name (and No. 29 prospect), Curley Martha.

Twelve players are from the Dominican Republic (including Santana), eight from Venezuela and one apiece from Curacao (Curley), Mexico and Haiti.

There were some other noteworthy signings.

Manni Ramirez is a 16-year-old center fielder. He’s 6-foot-5 and is not related to Manny Ramirez, the former Rangers minor-leaguer and MLB All-Star.

Dominican center fielder Joaquin Arias Jr., 16, is the son of former Rangers infielder Joaquin Arias. The older Arias was acquired by the Rangers in the Alex Rodriguez trade with the Yankees as the player to be named. Alfonso Soriano was the headliner. The Rangers chose Arias over Robinson Cano.


Another prospect with Rangers ties is 18-year-old Ulife Caraballo, who is the nephew of Neftali Feliz.

One week …

A week from today, Adrian Beltre will be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

The former Rangers third baseman has appeared on 98.8 percent of the 162 ballots collected by Ryan Thibodaux on Twitter. That percentage will drop as the unknown votes come in, but he’s on his way.

T.R. Sullivan and I both voted for Beltre.

The induction ceremony is set for July 21 in picturesque Cooperstown, N.Y. It isn’t easy to get there, but getting there is well worth it.

Beltre was advised months ago to begin working on his speech. He’s not big on talking about himself or public speaking in general, but he’ll find a way.


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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 January 16, 2024

    I wish the greedy MLBPA at the time let A Rod cut his pay so he could be dealt for Manny Ramirez and Jon Lester. Now, as much as Cano would have helped, it would also mean my favorite player at the time, Ian Kinsler, probably wouldn’t have been a 2 time 30-30 guy for the reigning AL Champs. I started following in 2010, so I really just got to see the good side of the deal. I would love an opening day outfield of Adolis, Wyatt, and Evan Carter. That’s a dream outfield, with 3 very good infielders and an above-average first baseman.


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