The next group of pitchers are guys that the Rangers could rely on in the sixth or seventh inning to provide quality relief. The first name that comes to mind after his breakout playoff performance is Josh Sborz. Sborz seemed to figure it out this postseason, and he dominated the seventh inning throughout most of the postseason. He did a great job maintaining leads and passing the ball on to the eighth and ninth inning guys and I expect to see more of that from him this season.
And nobody can forget his gutsy performance in the World Series clinching Game 5. With Leclerc a bit sore from the night before, Bochy turned to Sborz and rode him all the way to the title. Sborz pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of the game, giving up no runs, on one hit, walking none, and striking out four. Sborz will forever be remembered as the Rangers player that got that final out that brought the franchise its first World Series championship. His spot in the 2024 bullpen will be an important one.
The next guy would be an addition through free agency. The Rangers should consider a reunion with Matt Moore. Moore had a 2.56 ERA this season after a 1.95 ERA with the Rangers in 2022. He has had two high-quality seasons consecutively and would not cost much to add. Moore is a familiar face who could provide quality innings in the sixth or seventh.
The Rangers probably should have resigned Moore after his 2022 campaign but let him walk and ultimately sign with the Angels. It is doubtful that Chris Young will make the same mistake twice in a row and let the lefty go somewhere else.
Finally, Brock Burke rounds out this group. Burke admittedly did not have a strong postseason. But he did have quite a few shutout appearances out of the bullpen during the regular season. The problem with Burke is when he gives up runs, it's in bunches. If he can improve in minimizing damage when he allows it, he could be a solid piece for this group.