4 pending free agents the Texas Rangers need to target this offseason

Even with a loaded roster, the Texas Rangers have some work to do this coming offseason.
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Jordan Montgomery

This one feels a little bit like cheating because we know the Rangers are interested in Montgomery since they went through all the trouble of trading for him at the trade deadline this year in the first place. However, Montgomery's inclusion is an important one because it highlights the tenuous nature of the Rangers' starting pitching staff going into 2024.

With Martin Perez seemingly on his way out the door after a pretty rough 2023 season, the Rangers already seem to have a spot opening up in the rotation and it isn't like Andrew Heaney's spot wouldn't be easy to upgrade. When you factor that along with fact that both Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob deGrom have lengthy injury histories and Max Scherzer can't beat Father Time forever, there is a real need for stabilizing the Rangers' rotation going into 2024. Montgomery may not be sexy, but he puts up quality outing after quality outing, doesn't give up many walks, and is almost a lock to put up at least a 2-3 WAR season every year. That is exactly what Texas needs next season and they should definitely try to keep him around.

Jorge Soler

The Rangers' offense is just absurd and if they didn't make any signings to improve it this coming offseason, they would still be in great shape. However, one area that has stood out a bit in terms of lacking some production has been left field. Sure, Travis Jankowski has been fine at the plate and is a decent defender, but he hits for basically no power and his track record of hitting at all over the course of his career is suspect at best and he is set to be a free agent after this season, anyways. Evan Carter could easily force his way into this conversation from the minor league ranks, but the free agent market could provide an answer as well.

The outfield free agent market isn't the best this coming offseason, but one name that stands out as intriguing is Jorge Soler. Soler's hit tool is very much hit and miss, but no one doubts that this dude has some of the best raw power in the league. There would be a bit of a drop-off defensively to put it mildly, but adding Soler to this Rangers lineup would make it arguably the most dangerous lineup in all of baseball for opposing pitchers to navigate. Soler wouldn't be cheap, though, as he is going to have to pass up a $9 million player option for 2024 just to hit free agency in the first place.