The Baseball Texas Daily returns as Levi Weaver covers the offseason kicking off in earnest yesterday with a few items of news from the Rangers.
T.R. Sullivan runs down the qualifying offer and option decisions made by Texas yesterday. IN: Martin Perez, OUT: Andrew Cashner, Carlos Gomez, Mike Napoli, and Tony Barnette.
Jeff Wilson writes that, with several spots to fill, potentially spending $17.4 million was just too rich for the Rangers in regards to Cashner.
Or Moyal writes that instead of patching up the team with free agents and trades, it’s time for a full rebuild.
Since the Rangers aren’t going to do that, Sullivan writes that the goal for Texas this winter is acquiring pitching, pitching, and more pitching.
Evan Grant’s positional outlook takes a look at the rotation that currently includes Cole Hamels, Perez, and anyone’s guess.
A trio of ESPN scribes try to answer the biggest question for each AL West team heading into the winter with the rotation being the obvious concern for the Rangers.
Cliff Corcoran takes a look at the pros and cons of some of the prominent free agent starters and concludes that the Rangers are perhaps the best fit for Jake Arrieta.
Sullivan notes that the finalized coaching staff includes the return of Don Wakamatsu as bench coach and the hiring of former Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen as assistant pitching coach.
Wilson writes about the return of Colby Lewis to the Rangers as a front office assistant who will spend most of his time tutoring our beautiful pitching babies in the minors.
And, finally, Sullivan answered a bunch of questions from Rangers fans and shockingly not even one of them was about Texas changing to a pinstripe uniform this time.
Have a nice day!