One of the biggest questions surrounding Texas Rangers‘ free agency this year has been the appeal of Arlington as a free agent destination.
There was no doubt the Rangers had money, they just footed a $561 million spending bill and more is on the way. But there were other questions about the whether Texas could win sooner rather than later, and whether players would be willing to sacrifice winning in the interim in favor of heftier paydays.
Clearly, those recruitment efforts by Chris Young, Jon Daniels and Chris Woodward worked to perfection, as evidenced by the Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Jon Gray and Kole Calhoun signings. All of those moves were made official prior to the MLB work stoppage beginning on December 2.
With Seager and Semien in particular, though, the Texas Rangers have locked up two bona-fide superstars that can now serve as part of future recruiting pitches for the next wave of talent brought in. It won’t be hard to convince other players to share a diamond with arguably the best middle infield in baseball. That and show me the money, of course.
The Corey Seager and Marcus Semien signings help make the Texas Rangers an attractive destination once again
These moves have also signaled the Rangers’ real intent to start aiming for a 2023 contention window, which is a lot sooner than you might think. The foundation has to start somewhere, though. That’s where the 60-win 2021 season and active free agent frenzy come into play.
Many asked, “Who would want to play for the Rangers?” Or “Why would would players want to join a losing organization?” And truthfully, the people who asked those questions were right: Texas was a losing team in a big way last season. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2016.
But Corey Seager and Marcus Semien saw the light. They saw a rising farm system. They saw money (maybe too much of it) on the table. They saw an organization committed to turning things around. And now they’re Rangers, part of the next winning core that, this time, hopes to bring a championship to Globe Life Field.
Seager and Semien’s combined star power will now make recruiting for those future winning teams so much easier.