Reason #2 The Rangers' willingness to spend
The Texas Rangers have won the last two offseasons. They signed Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, and Jon Gray in the 2021-2022 offseason. They followed that up by signing Jacob deGrom, Andrew Heaney, and Nathan Eovaldi in the 2022-2023 offseason. They spent around $800 million in guaranteed contracts to sign each of these players. Most teams spend money and will not win. That was not the case with Texas. They have went from 60 wins in 2021, 68 wins in 2022, and 90 wins and a World Series title in 2023. Texas is not afraid to spend to improve their roster.
Texas is led by an owner and a general manager who are not afraid to spend money. They do not subscribe to the thought that a team has to tank for several years and build through the draft to win. Texas is blazing their own path rather than follow the model set by Houston. While fans debate whether Texas built or bought their championship, Chris Young demonstrates how a team can do both to try and win.
This offseason will be the third offseason since Texas started this process. It appears that Texas' number one target is Shohei Ohtani. Jeff Passan listed Texas as one of three teams that are "chasing Shohei Ohtani". Texas will not be scared off by the financial commitment it will take to sign Ohtani. If they were they would have already backed away.
Texas having played against Ohtani since 2018 knows the value he brings to an organization. They know how great of a hitter he is. They know how great of a pitcher he can be. They know the kind of interest he will bring to this organization and the tickets he will sell. The cost of Ohtani is likely to be large. The amount of revenue he will bring in both domestically and around the world will help the team make back some of the money they will be spending on his contract.