Texas Rangers fans, you’re going to want to feast your eyes on this beautiful tweet.
Viral baseball Twitter account Foolish Baseball photoshopped four of the top pitchers in baseball in Texas Rangers uniforms on Sunday night, and it sent fans into a frenzy.
I mean don’t all of these guys look good wearing the Ranger red, white and blue? Surely they do!
Even @Rangers approved of the designs.
The Texas Rangers won’t land all four of Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer or Clayton Kershaw, but we can always pretend
Perhaps Rangers social media knows something we don’t?
In any case, Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw all become free agents at the conclusion of the 2021 World Series. And while it’s not likely that Texas pursues all four guys (as amazing as that would be), the possibility does at least exist, since the front office has made clear this will be an active off-season for the organization.
The Rangers pitching staff posted a combined 4.79 ERA in 2021, an unsightly figure that ranked near the bottom of the league. And that was with Kyle Gibson’s All-Star first half and 2.87 ERA with the team prior to being traded to Philadelphia with Ian Kennedy for Spencer Howard.
If Texas wants to take a step forward in 2022, starting pitching must be addressed without any hesitation. It has to be among the team’s top priorities, along with the shortstop position.
Though the Rangers have some really intriguing pitching prospects waiting in the wings (Cole Winn, Jack Leiter, Ricky Vanasco, Owen White and TK Roby), all of them are at least a half-season away, if not more. And once they arrive, they’ll need mentors like the ones photoshopped in Rangers gear above.
Therein lies the importance of securing at least one big name pitcher and other veterans to eat innings as well, so as not to rush any of these young studs’ development.
So dream big, Rangers fans, and have some fun. But let’s also be realistic: my money is on the pitcher in the bottom right corner to actually end up in Arlington when it’s all said and done.