3 surprising Rangers that could make the 2024 Opening Day roster, and 2 that won’t

Some unexpected names could make the cut.

Texas Rangers left fielder Travis Jankowski
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Jose Barrero, Rangers SS

The Rangers took a flyer on Barrero, who was waived by the Cincinnati Reds earlier this spring. But, as he's done throughout his entire career, Barrero has failed to live up to expectations. A longtime prospect in the Reds organization, Barrero had a penchant for striking out. He's done the same since arriving at the Rangers spring training facility with a ludicrous 52.9% strikeout-rate in 17 at-bats.

Barrero has tremendous pop and plenty of arm to fill in at shortstop for the injured Seager. But in today's MLB, shortstops must have more than just elite defensive ability. Barrero is likely to be DFA'd, and perhaps there's a chance the Rangers can outright him to the minors.

Danny Duffy, LHP

Duffy had a spot on the Rangers Opening Day roster, and then the front office signed Lorenzen. Suddenly, Duffy's spot with the Rangers went from a sure thing to pipe dream. Bochy has spoken about his desire to have a long reliever or two on the roster. Those duties, at least for the moment, appear to be Lorenzen's for the taking.

Duffy could accept an outright assignment to Triple-A Round Rock. Being a left-hander who's been stretched out as a starting pitcher would make Duffy one of the Rangers' first calls if one of their starters or relievers wound up on the injured list. But as far as making the Rangers Opening Day roster, that would now seem like a long shot for the veteran.

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