3. Clayton Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw comes in at number three on the list. There seems to be a decent amount of controversy over whether he should be a target given the amount of innings he’s accumulated and the injuries piling up. Some would even argue that he would never leave the organization he’s been with his whole career.
If he was to leave though, it seems most likely to come back to Texas to play for his hometown Rangers. Clayton Kershaw will go down in history as the greatest pitcher of his time and that could OBVIOUSLY be useful to Texas.
Even with injuries in 2021, he managed a 3.55 ERA, 1.02 WHIP with a 10.7 K/9 rate. All of which would make him by far the best pitcher on the Rangers staff. As far as what it would take to sign him remains to be seen. Some teams will see the injuries and innings and shy away, some will see the elite history and go for him. Perhaps he won’t want to leave LA for less than a four-year deal, either.
Whatever it takes to get him, the Texas Rangers should do it. He would bring leadership and experience to a young rotation core and help guide them into to future.