3 regrets the Texas Rangers should already have about the 2023-24 offseason

This offseason hasn't exactly gone to plan for the Texas Rangers.
Oct 28, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (52) throws a
Oct 28, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery (52) throws a / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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The Rangers tightening up payroll after a World Series win just feels bad

The conventional wisdom after winning the World Series is that winning teams will have MORE money in their pockets. Given how aggressive the Rangers have been in recent years, it stands to reason that more money and a contending team would normally mean a payroll increase to keep this train rolling.

Sadly, the situation is more complicated than that. The extra playoff revenue for Texas had to be nice, but the Rangers are one of the teams currently in limbo with their television rights given the struggles of the parent company that owns them. Right now, the Rangers just don't know how much they will be making from TV revenue or even who will be broadcasting their games as Diamond Sports' bankruptcy is playing out right in front of our eyes.

As much as fans will be upset that yet another very deep-pocketed owner appears to be tightening up their purse strings, teams do still have to make money and television revenue is a big deal. Sure, there are owners like Steve Cohen that don't mind setting their money on fire to fund vanity projects, but it is hard to get too irate with the Rangers when there is a chance they could end up losing over $100 million of revenue next year through no fault of their own.

That said, the idea that the Rangers could stand pat or even trim payroll next season just feels bad. Texas finally wins a World Series and the best news Rangers fans have gotten is that the team signed Tyler Mahle (who is also out with an arm injury until at least midseason) and Texas remains interested in the ghost of Clayton Kershaw who isn't coming back anytime soon.

In short, the team has clearly defined needs this offseason, is coming off a World Series win, and still seemingly doesn't have the resources to do much about it. That just stinks.