There isn’t a person on the planet more bullish about the future of the Texas Rangers than GM Chris Young. And rightfully so, since he assists with team operations.
But this isn’t just your typical optimism and words of encouragement, the same old cliches if you will, that you hear uttered out of the mouths of executives across the league. This is about making Texas Rangers history according to Young.
Speaking to media at the 2021 GM Meetings in California on Tuesday, the second-year Rangers GM offered a very optimistic outlook on the team’s future.
"“You have the opportunity to be part of something that’s never been done in Texas Ranger baseball history, and that is to be part of a world championship team that has been built from the ground up, and you get in early. “Now’s the time to buy stock in the Rangers. That’s how I feel. And that’s as a player, that’s what you want to hear. You see the good things that are happening. And I think to get in early and be part of that makes it even more special.”"
Texas Rangers’ GM Chris Young seems very optimistic about his team’s off-season strategy and the future of the organization
Buzz words like “history”, “stock”, and “special” are the types to make fans go crazy. And honestly, the hype just may be merited.
Payroll is down (just $30 million on the books for 2022) opening up the possibility of splurging on some top talents in free agency this winter, the farm system is trending up (ranked No. 11 in all of baseball) and a new era of Rangers baseball looks to be on the horizon. Things seem to be looking up for Texas on the surface.
Don’t expect a World Series contender right off the bat though, says Young.
"“I don’t think we expect to just come out and be World Series contenders next season.”"
But for now, words will be words. They must be backed up by action.
At least Young seems optimistic about what’s to come, though. It’ll undoubtedly be difficult to recruit free agents to Arlington when the big league club just finished a 102-loss season that ranked among the worst in franchise history. So Young is right, history has been made in Texas (not the good kind!).
For what it’s worth, the second-year GM is making his presence felt within the organization and across baseball, and that’s a refreshing change of pace from all those years of Jon Daniels leading the charge (he’s still here, though).
It’s time to act.