The World Champion Texas Rangers will head into the 2024 season with the majority of their roster intact. In fact, every offensive position other than DH should be filled by a returning starter. The pitching staff will have some new arms in the mix but will also remain somewhat the same as last season as well. That continuity with the big league roster, coupled with a farm system that still ranks as one of the league's best, and there is plenty of room for optimism in Arlington.
Here are former Texas Rangers players that are still free agents
Even with all of the returning players to the roster, several former Rangers are still looking for employment this year. Some of those were on last season's championship team, and others haven't called Arlington home for several years now.
The list includes a former Cy Young winner along with multiple players with All-Star Game appearances. There is also the former top prospect in the organization, a longtime fan favorite, and several who will be receiving World Series rings this summer for their efforts with the club last season. Without further ado, let's dive into some former Rangers who are still looking for a team to call home this season.
It has been well documented that one of the Rangers top targets this offseason was going to be Jordan Montgomery. Unfortunately, that signing hasn't happened just yet. Most of the blame for not signing the big lefty to this point has been cast on the uncertainty with the Bally TV deal and what the long-term effects will be on the organization from a financial standpoint. It should also be pointed out, that Montgomery is a Boras Corp client and is no doubt asking for a massive deal in terms of both money and the length of the contract.
After being acquired via trade at the deadline last summer with the St Louis Cardinals (kind of ironic that they ultimately helped the Rangers get that elusive first World Series title), Montgomery was nails for the club both to finish the regular season as well as in the month-long playoff run. Bringing him back makes sense if the contract can be stomached by the Rangers, but to this point that hasn't been the case. Time will tell where Montgomery will land this year, but hopefully, it will be back in Arlington.