This winter is expected to be an active one for the Texas Rangers, which means fans can look forward to seeing a much-improved roster in 2022, assuming ownership and the front office live up to their big spending words.
As a result, there will likely be a number of casualties from the 2021 roster. Not that most of this past year’s 102-loss roster is worth remembering, of course, but typically roster turnover such as the kind the Rangers may undergo this off-season is rare.
Here are three players we can rule out returning to Arlington next season.
Texas Rangers players who won’t return in 2022: RHP Mike Foltynewicz
Signed to a one-year “prove it” deal in 2021 after being injured in 2020 with the Braves, “Folty” didn’t exactly do that with the Rangers this season.
The 30-year-old righty pitched in 28 games (24 starts) this season, with a 5.44 ERA and just 97 strikeouts in 139 innings pitched, transitioning to a bullpen role by season’s end after a stint on the IL.
Folty allowed an abysmal 35 long balls this season. That was among the highest figures in baseball and his propensity for surrendering home runs definitely cost him his season performance.
Though he did show some flashes of the pitcher that made the 2018 NL All-Star team with the Atlanta Braves, he just didn’t do it consistently enough for the 2021 Rangers. That will leave him without a return trip to Arlington in 2022.