10. Kevin Gausman
Kevin Gausman makes the list (thanks to DeSclafani signing) just ahead of Cy Young award winner Robbie Ray.
Gausman had a fantastic year in the Bay Area, sporting a 2.81 ERA over 33 starts. Those 33 starts were career high for him and perhaps it began to show as he faltered down the stretch. Nevertheless, Gausman was able to build on an improved 2020 season that saw him handle a 3.62 ERA. He lands higher on the list though primarily because he wont command as much as Ray. Though he would be considered a tier 1 option starting pitcher above Gray, he seems to split the line in monetary value. MLBTR recently predicted a 6 year/$138 million contract for Gausman.
I’m not sold on the idea he gets that large of a deal given most his success has come in the last years and his declined performance towards the end of 2021. However, he could still net a five year deal in the $21 million range. If signed, Gausman would be looked at to anchor a young and unknown rotation.
These players would also be great free additions for the Texas Rangers
- Robbie Ray
- Kyle Schwarber
- Chris Taylor
- Steven Matz
- Avisail Garcia
All of the names should be or already are being considered by the Texas Rangers. After all, it wouldn’t take much to improve a 102 loss team. The trick is piecing together the signings, finding the value and targeting your needs properly. That is a task POBO Jon Daniels and GM Chris Young have set a high expectation for, and one that many will be keeping a keen eye on.