3 Rangers players we'll be glad are gone in 2024 and 2 we wish stayed

The Rangers had some roster turnover this offseason.

Texas Rangers catcher Mitch Garver (18) hits a fly ball
Texas Rangers catcher Mitch Garver (18) hits a fly ball / Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY
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The Rangers can't repeat as World Series champions without Will Smith

The Rangers' chances of repeating as World Series champions took a tremendous hit this offseason after Will Smith left in the free agency. In turn, the Kansas City Royals are now a lock to take home a World Championship after coming to terms with the left-handed reliever.

Smith has been a member of the past three World Series champions. The southpaw was in the Atlanta Braves bullpen in 2021, served as a reliever for the Houston Astros in 2022, and was, of course, part of the Rangers relief corps last season.

Obviously that's more coincidental than anything else, but if KC takes home the Commissioner's Trophy in 2024, every major league team will be lining up to sign Smith next winter. Though his numbers weren't tremendous last season, having a veteran left-hander with experience closing out games, and doing so in the postseason, is something that can't be taken for granted. The Rangers will miss Smith more you know heading into the upcoming season.

Mitch Garver's bat will be difficult to replace

Mitch Garver plays a premium position, albeit sporadically, and posted a 134 OPS+ last season. That's not something you replace easily. Garver signed a two-year agreement with the Rangers' AL West foe, the Seattle Mariners, this offseason.

Obviously, the Rangers have Jonah Heim taking most of the reps behind the dish, and the vacancy at DH will now allow Bochy to offer more playing time to a player like Justin Foscue, but there's no denying that Texas will miss Garver's bat in 2024.