After claiming the Commissioner's Trophy for the first time in franchise history, the Texas Rangers will be looking to bolster their roster this offseason. With the MLB Winter Meetings next week in Nashville, there are several different directions that the team can attack their roster needs. Repeating as World Series champions is hard to do. GM Chris Young's game plan will be to first get back to the playoffs, and then hopefully have another historic postseason run.
The 2023 roster was stellar and yet injuries and underperformance at times cost the Rangers several wins within the regular season. Baseball is made up of offense, defense, and pitching. Perhaps the most import of those three areas is pitching, but without the other two pitching alone can only get you so far. The majority of the position players will be back for the 2024 campaign, but there are some places that can be improved upon as well.
Rotation wise, there are enough guys on the current roster to fill out a starting rotation, but there needs to be depth added and quality at the top end. The elephant in the room for the Rangers is their bullpen, and it will be interesting how Young decides to tackle that part of the pitching staff. One thing is for sure, this shouldn't have to be an offseason of full rebuild mode.
The Rangers will be returning all eight of the guys that ended the postseason as the everyday position players. That group is a strong one that includes an infield of Jonah Heim, Nathaniel Lowe, Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, and Josh Jung. Barring a trade, the outfield will consist of Evan Carter, Leody Taveras, and Adolis Garcia.
Starting pitchers returning include Nathan Eovaldi, Max Scherzer, Jon Gray, Dane Dunning, and Andrew Heaney, not to mention Cody Bradford or any potential breakout minor leaguers. The bullpen will consist of postseason heroes Jose Leclerc and Josh Sborz. That is a ton of great players that not only played well together, but also showed that they can deliver on the biggest of stages.
Chris Young has shown that he likes to maintain a solid group of quality individuals that help make up a great team. So, what specific areas will the Rangers be targeting heading into the MLB Winter Meetings next week? Let's take a look.