Injury woes plague Texas Rangers rotation, highlighting need for Martin Perez reunion

With the recent news of Max Scherzer's back surgery last week, the Rangers need to find another starting pitcher. Luckily, a familiar name is still available and wouldn't break the bank for the Rangers.
Oct 28, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Martin Perez (54) pitches in the
Oct 28, 2023; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers relief pitcher Martin Perez (54) pitches in the / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Things are not going as ideal as the Texas Rangers would like this offseason. After winning the World Series title, the Rangers got some really bad news last week. It was announced that Max Scherzer would be having surgery for a herniated disk.

With Jordan Montgomery not resigned yet, it leaves the Rangers with a thin starting rotation to begin the season. Luckily for them, there is still a familiar name that the Rangers could resign, and it wouldn't break the bank. Here is why the Rangers need to resign Martin Perez.

Why the Texas Rangers should bring Martin Perez back

Let's take a glance at what the projected starting rotation would look like if the season started today. It would start with Nathan Eovaldi at the top, followed by Jon Gray, Andrew Heaney, Dane Dunning, and Cody Bradford.

That is a pretty thin starting rotation for a team that just won the World Series. With Scherzer and Jacob DeGrom out for half of next season, they need one or two more starting pitchers. It would be nice if the Rangers would resign Montgomery, but his asking price appears to be more than the club is willing to pay. Bringing back Perez would settle all the nerves of Rangers fans across the country.

Perez is recently coming off a one-year qualifying offer worth $19.6 million last season. He finished the 2023 season with a 10-4 record and a 4.45 ERA. Perez also threw 141 2/3 innings last season and 196 1/3 the year before for the team. The Rangers are more than likely not going to offer him another deal like that again and should be able to get him signed to a contract for less money this time around. The Rangers' coaching staff is familiar with him, and he is a good leader in the clubhouse as well.

The Rangers are only two months away from pitchers reporting for Spring Training in Surprise, Arizona. They don't have much time to finalize their rotation for 2024. I'm sure the Rangers front office is working overtime in putting together a rotation to defend their title. At the end of the day, the Rangers need to strongly consider Perez for next season with all of the injuries to the starting rotation at the moment.

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