#2 Non-Tendered Player: Josh Staumont
Staumont does not have a prior connection to Texas or to the coaching staff. He is a former Kansas City Royal. Texas and Kansas City share a spring training site in Surprise, Arizona. These two teams normally kick off spring training with games against each other. Texas through their spring training engagements and regular season affairs have seen Staumont in his good times and bad.
Staumont is a 29-year old reliever who relies primarily on a fastball and slider combination. He has closed games in his career and pitched in the late innings for the Royals. His best season was 2021 when he saved five games and had a 2.88 ERA. The last two seasons he has put up ERAs of 6.45 and 5.40. One thing to keep in mind is Staumont had Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery in July. That could easily explain the issues he had in 2022 and 2023.
Texas could sign Staumont to a one-year contract. That would allow him to come to camp, see how he pitches post-operation. If he pitches well then he can go back to free agency after 2024 with his value rebuilt. In 2021 when healthy his fastball was averaging 96.5 mph and hitters had a batting average of .204 against the fastball. That is compared to the .296 batting average they had against the fastball in 2023. Staumont is among the best buy-low candidates on the entire free agent market. Fully healthy again Staumont should be able to regain that form he had in 2021 when he was among the best relievers in baseball.