Every baseball team has those players that they see having a long career with their team. For the Texas Rangers, they have some players and coaches that make it hard to see their long-term future with the team. Here are the three individuals I believe have an uncertain future here in Arlington.
Texas Rangers Uncertain Futures: 3. Jonathan Hernandez
The reason I picked Jonathan Hernandez for this article is due to the surgery he had at the beginning of last season. Hernandez is now 25 and still has a future in this league, especially with his dominant stuff. He had a breakout season in 2020 with 31 strikeouts in 31 innings.
However, I think he has an uncertain future with the Texas Rangers for two reasons. The first is if he keeps tearing that ligament in his throwing arm. With his power pitching style, his arm is subject to constant wear and tear, even after his procedure. I could see the Rangers wanting to move on from him if that is the case.
The second reason is becoming a trade target if he remains healthy. If he continues to throw as he did in 2020, tons of teams will be ringing the phones in Arlington. He could also leave in free agency if a team decides to back up the “Brinks Truck” to his house.
Texas Rangers Uncertain Futures: 2. Willie Calhoun
Willie Calhoun is another Ranger that you can add to this list. Ever since the Rangers traded Yu Darvish to the Dodgers, Calhoun has had a lengthy injury in each season that he has been up with the Rangers.
When Calhoun is healthy, he can be a pretty dynamic player for the team like he was in 2019. The only issue is the Rangers are looking to win now and don’t want to have weak spots in any position for periods of time. If Calhoun doesn’t perform well this upcoming season with the Rangers, It’s time to move on from him.
Texas Rangers Uncertain Futures: 1. Chris Woodward
I know a lot of readers are puzzled on why are confused about why Rangers manager Chris Woodward is on this list, let me explain.
The reason why Woodward is on this list is due to expectations. We have a loaded roster that General Manager Chris Young allowed Woodward to recruit such as Corey Seager and Marcus Semien. And who knows, maybe Clayton Kershaw is next.
Imagine sinking in all that money towards free agents as a GM and still ending up at the bottom of the division. I expect Woodward within the next two seasons to be at the top of the division and in the playoffs. There can’t be any more excuses for losing seasons and missing the playoffs here in Arlington after 2022. Not with resources committed to winning and the latitude Woodward has had bringing in his guys.
I hope all three of these individuals remain with the Rangers for a long time.
But if certain situations play out over the next couple of seasons, their futures with Texas may not be as long as they planned for.