As the 2021 regular season reaches its twilight, the Texas Rangers have an opportunity in front of them: more experimentation. The year has boasted numerous out-of-left-field (pun intended) surprises that fans can latch onto as symbols of hope: Adolis Garcia turning into a powerful, versatile player, Isiah Kiner-Falefa establishing himself as a defensive ace, and even somber departures of fan favorites like Kyle Gibson and Joey Gallo have hauled in gobs of prospects that Texas is giving the reigns of the future to.
Some of those prospects might even get a chance to see action in Arlington immediately.
Wednesday marks September 1, the day that MLB clubs can expand their active roster size by two spots, and teams can also add an extra roster spot for doubleheaders at that point. Until recently, teams could add their entire 40-man roster to the active roster, giving younger players better playing opportunities for rebuilding teams; however, because of roster imbalance, new rules have been implemented to keep the number at 28, until the postseason starts, when it returns to 26.
With recent COVID-19 restrictions and the trade deadline opening up a wide array of roster flexibility, the Rangers have an opportunity to move pieces around and get valuable prospects playing time. The last few weeks have provided promising moments from guys like Taylor Hearn, Glenn Otto, and Spencer Howard. Given the two extra roster spots, Texas can tinker even further into their rebuild.