When we look back on the 2021 Texas Rangers season, it won’t be with much fondness.
The team is one loss away from hitting the 100-loss plateau for the first time since 1973, which would of course make 2021 one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
But if these recent words from GM Chris Young are true, things are going to turn around sooner rather than later.
GM Chris Young believes 2021 will be the worst Texas Rangers season for a while
Considering how putrid the 2021 season has been, the Texas Rangers don’t exactly have the highest bar to clear going forward. But this also isn’t the first time Young has made his sentiments clear about the future of the organization.
At various points this season, Young and President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels have mentioned that the Rangers plan to be active this winter, which isn’t a coincidence when one of the deepest free agent classes in years will be available to teams, especially at the shortstop position. That means Carlos Correa, Trevor Story and Corey Seager should all be on Texas’ radar in the months to come.
Of course, a rebuild isn’t an overnight endeavor, either. A few free agent signings won’t dramatically alter the course of what should be a mediocre 2022 season as a whole. After all, many of the organization’s top prospects are still at least a year away from meaningfully contributing, and the team still needs to acquire young talent, speaking of.
But 2022 should be a step in the right direction for the Texas Rangers, as more of the big league core becomes established combined with an off-season that should hopefully see the team rein in top-notch talent from the outside.
It’s far from a sure thing that the Rangers will even have a winning record next season, let alone be competitive. This rebuild still has to be done the right way. But if Chris Young’s recent comments are any indication, Texas is closer to returning to baseball relevancy than we might think.