Since the Texas Rangers‘ inception into the American League as the Washington Senators in 1961, well over 1,000 players have played at least one season for the organization. Some of the players left as free agents, some were traded, some retired, and some are continuing to wear the precious Rangers uniform.
Here are the Top 10 players who only played part of one season in the Washington/Texas organization. (all information found at baseball-reference.com). And don’t forget to check out other top-10 rankings!
Top one and done Texas Rangers: #1- Ian Desmond (2016)
In February 2016, Ian Desmond signed a one-year $8M contract to play CF for the Rangers. In November of the same year, Desmond elected free agency and signed with the Colorado Rockies.
For his career, Desmond played 11 years in MLB, including the last three with Colorado.
Desmond played 1,478 games, hit 181 HR, added 711 RBI, and swiped 181 bases.
Desmond made two All-Star appearances (2012, 2016), and won three Silver Slugger Awards (2012, 2013, 2014) when he played SS for the Washington Nationals.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Desmond opted out of the 2020 and 2021 seasons and forfeited $25M in salary. The Rockies declined Desmond’s $15M option for 2022 and at 36, he is currently a free agent.