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Wednesday newsletter time: World Series win worth a half-mil to 64 with Rangers

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A World Series title means there will be something extra under the tree this holiday season, and maybe in the garage or the savings account.

The full postseason share of $506,263 is a drop in the bucket for Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Jacob deGrom, but for many of the players, coaches and team personnel who were awarded the bonus, it’s life-changing money.

The Rangers split up their $38.8 million bonus pool by awarding 64 full shares, 12.56 partial awards and $48,000 in cash awards. Any player who logged even one game with the Rangers is eligible for a bonus.

That means Jake Latz, who pitched 6 1/3 innings last  season, will get a slice of the pie. So will Cole Ragans, who was traded to the Royals for Aroldis Chapman; Bubba Thompson, who was designated for assignment in August; and Spencer Howard, who had a 10.80 ERA.

The previous two Rangers World Series teams awarded bonuses to the bullpen catchers, medical staff and clubhouse attendants. There’s a lot to go around, and the Rangers appear to be taking care of anyone who had a hand in their magical season.

Old friend, new home

Former Rangers All-Star right-hander Kyle Gibson signed a one-year, $10 million deal with the Cardinals after spending 2023 with the 101-win Orioles. The deal makes a lot of sense for Gibson, who lives near St. Louis.

He’s the second former Rangers starter to sign with the Cardinals in as many days, following Lance Lynn on Monday. He also signed a one-year deal worth around $10 million.

Interestingly, both players signed early in the offseason when they chose the Rangers. Lynn signed during the 2018 winter meetings, and Gibson signed just before the 2019 winter meetings.

After being teammates in the COVID season of 2020, Lynn was dealt in the offseason to the White Sox for Dane Dunning, and Gibson was traded to the Phillies, along with Ian Kennedy and Hans Crouse, at the 2021 trade deadline for a package that included Howard.

Winn improving

Former first-round pick Cole Winn (2018, 15th overall) has a 4.50 ERA after three starts for Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League and delivered his best outing Friday.

Winn tossed four scoreless innings on two hits with four strikeouts. The Rangers dispatched him to Puerto Rico to give him a fresh look at the game after two seasons at Triple A Round Rock.

He struggled in both seasons, pitching to ERAs of 6.51 and 7.21. He pitched well at times in 2023 as a multi-innings reliever, but the Rangers still see him as a starter and hope that he can be an option for them at some point in 2024.

Tickets save the date

Single-game tickets for 80 of the 81 Rangers home games will go on sale at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at rangers.com.

The lone game not available is Opening Day, set for March 28 against the Cubs.

Season tickets are on sale now with three packages that include Opening Day — full-season, half-season and 20-game plans. Full- and half-season plans come with priority access to exclusive experiences during MLB All-Star Week, which will also be at Globe Life Field.

More information on season tickets is available here.

Among the interleague teams headed to Arlington is the Diamondbacks on May 28-29 in a rematch of the World Series. The Rangers won their first title in five games.


Doggy video!

Looks to me like he got those fries Animal Style. 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 November 22, 2023

    I just realized this meant each person getting a share gets that much, not that Texas gets just one share. It finally makes more sense! Also, I saw Cole Winn mentioned on MLB.com and on here for “standing out” in winter ball with a 4.5 ERA. It’s sad what he has come to.


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