The past two years, the offseason has been extremely busy for the Texas Rangers front office. After the 2021 season it was the signings of Marcus Semien, Corey Seager, and Jon Gray. Last year, there were even more names and a ton more money spent. GM Chris Young obviously wants to hit on every signing and trade that he does, but the reality is that in baseball, there are going to be some hits as well as a number of misses.
With the number of transactions that took place after the 2022 year, there were sure to be some that just landed flat. For instance, the Jake Odorizzi move cost very little but netted even less, as he will be out all season. Robbie Grossman hasn't been terrible at the plate, but he hasn't been great either. His defense has been maddening. He has come up with some big hits along the way for the club and appears to be a great teammate.
But at this point in the season there have been a large number of other additions that have paid off in a substantial way for the Rangers. Let's take a look at the top seven offseason transactions according to where we are at this stage of the year. For this exercise, these rankings do not reflect future output, but simply the person's impact on the club to this point of the season.
#7 Andrew Heaney - Texas Rangers starting pitcher
A 2012 first round draft pick, Andrew Heaney has proven to be a solid signing. The Oklahoma native signed a one-year, $12.5 million contract, with a player option for '24.
Heaney has been the fifth starter this year and has been a breath of fresh air in the role. Instead of being a give up game and waiting for the top of the rotation to get back on the bump, he gives the Rangers a legitimate chance of a victory every time he takes the ball. His numbers aren't off the charts, but they are very respectable for a fifth starter.
In 12 starts this season, Heaney is 4-4, has pitched 63 innings, has 65 strikeouts, 27 walks, a 4.14 ERA, and a 1.254 WHIP. His walks per nine innings is a career high 3.9, so there is some room for improvement in that area.