Can the Rangers contribute the moola?
Per Spotrac, the Texas Rangers have the 13th highest payroll in baseball heading into 2019. Middle of the pack is not perfectly ideal when considering a $300+ million free agent; however, it’s certainly not a discouraging position.
The good news is most of the teams expected to make a hard push for Machado are towards the top of the payroll list. And taking on a massive contract means taking on the luxury tax for those high-payroll teams.
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Two teams to really watch out for are the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta has the 22nd highest payroll and Philadelphia the 19th highest. Plus, both teams are entering a period of expected lengthy success.
But, we are talking Texas Rangers here. Can they afford him? Now and moving forward?
Surely they can! After all, the Rangers have one of the youngest rosters in Major League Baseball. Veteran Shin Soo-Choo will finally be off the books come 2021, and the rest of the starters are either pre-arbitration or currently under team-friendly contracts.
They’ll have to pay a decent sum to keep Nomar Mazara and Joey Gallo happy throughout arbitration, but those amounts will not be back-breaking whatsoever. In addition, pitching should be cheap for a long time to come, as Texas expects a lot of homegrown talent to emerge from their farm.