NRIs with the best chance to make the Texas Rangers Opening Day roster - No. 2. Danny Duffy
The next player is Danny Duffy. The Texas Rangers appear to be bringing in Duffy with the hope that he can replicate what Matt Moore gave them in the bullpen last season. Duffy like Moore is left-handed and is a former starting pitcher. They both were starting pitchers for teams that made the playoffs. Duffy is a former third round pick of the Kansas City Royals back in 2007. He spent 11 seasons in a Royals uniform. Now he will still be pitching in Surprise, Ariz., this spring training, but will be in the Rangers organization instead of the Royals.
Duffy is now 34 and is trying to continue his career after missing all of 2022 with a flexor tendon injury. He has not pitched in a game since July of 2021. He spent last season rehabbing in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. It is harder to get a feel for if he can make the team. If he is healthy then yes he has great stuff and has been a really good pitcher whenever he has stepped on the mound. Is he healthy though? That is not something that can truly be known until he pitches in live-action and then is able to come back and pitch again. He will need to clear several hurdles to make the team, but if he can and then be healthy come Opening Day he could be a late-inning left-handed reliever for this team.