Grading the Texas Rangers’ signings and trades ahead of Opening Day

Apr 1, 2022; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Brad Miller (13) celebrates with shortstop Corey Seager (5) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 1, 2022; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Texas Rangers second baseman Brad Miller (13) celebrates with shortstop Corey Seager (5) after scoring in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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Aug 17, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Martin Perez (54) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Martin Perez (54) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports /

Grading the Texas Rangers’ off-season acquisitions

SP Martin Perez: C+

The Rangers decided to reunite with old friend Martin Perez on a one-year deal,

I’ll keep it short and sweet in regards to Perez: He hasn’t really been anything above serviceable since 2016-17, and even then, he’s been wild. He hasn’t posted a FIP below 4.50 since 2016, his WHIP has skyrocketed in recent years, and his career 1.85 K/BB ratio is vastly underwhelming.

I give this move a C+ because I think it’s a decent filler move for what is, currently, a very thin rotation. Jon Gray and Dane Dunning are the only two guys who at this very second can be expected to be regular rotation guys for the next three-to-four years. Taylor Hearn has promise but we need to see sustained success from him. Leiter and Winn still have work to do in the minors and Alexy and Howard, among others, have yet to cement their role.

dark. Next. Jon Gray filthy in final start before Opening Day

Is Perez a great pitcher? Far from it, but he can at least hold over a rotation spot and not be actively bad in the short term.

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