- Darren Oliver
- C.J. Wilson
- Alexi Ogando
- Neftali Feliz
- Jeff Russell
- Francisco Cordero (Set up man)
- John Wetteland (Closer)
Yes, there are four primary closers listed above (Feliz, Russell, Cordero, Wetteland). The closer role is somewhat of an embarrassment of riches for the Texas Rangers franchise. They even had legendary closers Eric Gagne and Joe Nathan on the team at one point.
Wetteland is the Texas Rangers’ all-time saves leader with 150. Russel is next up with 134, then Cordero with 117 and Feliz with 93. Each one of these guys was extremely dominant throughout their time in Texas and it was a joy to watch three of them pitch (Russell was before my time).
Wetteland sported a mighty impressive 2.95 ERA over four years with the Rangers and although Feliz’s success was brief in MLB, he contributed his best two seasons in 2010 and 2011 when the team made their two World Series appearances.
Closers are the showstoppers, though, the middle relievers certainly can’t be overlooked. Darren Oliver played in three separate stints with the Rangers over his 20-year career. In total, he played 10 years in Texas. Of course, not all of them were great, but he showed great loyalty as he kept coming back. He even provided two sub-3.00 ERA seasons in his age 38 and 39 seasons with Texas.
C.J. Wilson always seems to fly under the radar in Texas Rangers history. With that said, he spent seven years here and contributed as a set up man, closer, middle reliever and starter at separate times as a Ranger. A career ERA of 3.74 speaks volumes for the versatile lefty.
Oh, and Alexi Ogando had a very sneaky 3.35 ERA with the Rangers in 183 appearances.