Free agents from AL West rivals the Texas Rangers could steal this winter
By Seth Carlson
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.