Free agents the Texas Rangers could steal from their AL West rivals
Los Angeles Angels
For a team that employs two of the most transcendent talents in baseball, you’d expect the Angels to do a lot more winning than they have in recent years. Wasting prime Mike Trout and a unicorn in Shohei Ohtani while now occupying baseball’s longest playoff drought? The Angels are a bona fide laughingstock. But even they have a player that could help the Texas Rangers.
That would be right-hander Michael Lorenzen.
On the surface, his 4.24 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 97.2 innings pitched/18 starts isn’t that impressive, but he had stretches where he was absolute money for the Angels in 2022. Lorenzen has plus stuff, including a heater that can reach the upper 90s in MPH, and new Rangers skipper Bruce Bochy knows a thing or two about how to get the most out of his pitchers.
Lorenzen is 30, so he should theoretically be hitting his prime as a pitcher. Not to mention, Texas has had recent success with veteran pitchers, turning them into quality starters. There’s no reason Lorenzen couldn’t be that for the Rangers in 2023, at a very affordable price tag.