The New Year has now passed and the countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting is now on. The defending World Series champion Texas Rangers still could use at least one more starting pitcher, one or two bullpen arms, and a designated hitter. Texas this offseason has already lost Will Smith, Chris Stratton, Austin Hedges, and Mitch Garver in free agency. They have signed Kirby Yates and Tyler Mahle to major-league deals. Mahle recovering from Tommy John will not be ready till at least the second half. Texas also lost Max Scherzer for at least the first half when he had back surgery last month. Texas needs starting rotation depth, bullpen depth, and a designated hitter that can replace Mitch Garver.
It is January but there are several high-quality free agents out there such as Josh Hader, Jordan Montgomery, Jorge Soler, and J.D. Martinez. It has been suggested by those who cover the Rangers that Texas is trying to not surpass the luxury tax at least at the beginnning of the season. That limits what Texas can do in free agency. Texas with a limited payroll still can improve the roster if they sign any of these four unheralded free agents that are still on the market.