Texas Rangers Spring Training Day 1 Recap

The Texas opened up spring training and made some news by updating where they stand on signing a certain left-hander.

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The sun rose in the Arizona desert as pitchers and catchers reported for the World Series champion Texas Rangers. The familiar sounds of catchers mitts popping filled the air in Surprise, Arizona. The Texas Rangers made sure that people would know that they are still World Champions by the signage they added around the complex.

It was a good start to spring training as nearly every pitcher has reported on time. Free agent signee David Robertson being the lone exception. Chris Young met with the media, bullpens were thrown, and players were interviewed. It was a full first workout day for the pitchers, catchers, and any position players that have reported early. These three stories dominated the first day of camp.

1. Jordan Montgomery likely not coming back to Texas

This has been an ongoing story the entire offseason. Chris Young was asked about it by the media in Surprise and had this to say as reported by Jeff Wilson of Texas Rangers today.

Young did not exactly close the door, but he did not leave much room either for a reunion with the big left-hander. I think the luxury tax does play into this as well as the uncertainty with the TV contract beyond this season as Young mentioned. That will certainly put more focus on Adrian Sampson, Cody Bradford, Owen White, Jack Leiter, and Zak Kent this spring training as Texas tries to round out their rotation and have depth beyond the first five starters.