The Texas Rangers will have Taylor Hearn, Dane Dunning, Wes Benjamin, John King, Brock Holt and Jonah Heim in the Opening Day roster, per the beats. Kolby Allard and Joe Palumbo were officially optioned to AAA Round Rock today, meaning that they will not be on the Opening Day roster, but will, it appears, be at the Alternate Training Site. Jason Martin and Spencer Patton have been assigned to minor league workouts, which I think means they will stay in Surprise and be in the minor league camp once it begins, but could also mean they’ll be at the Alternate Training Site.
As we discussed in the post earlier today about the rotation, Dunning, Benjamin and Hearn all seemed to be strong candidates to fill tandem starter roles. There’s no indication as of yet whether those three will be in tandem starter roles or in the bullpen, but my guess is that Dunning will join Jordan Lyles as the righthanded parts of the two tandem starter roles, and Hearn and Benjamin will be the lefthanded parts.
Brock Holt could have opted out if he weren’t making the team, since he is on a minor league deal. That won’t happen now, though the Rangers will need to open up a roster spot on the 40 man for him.
Heim making the team was, I think, not much in doubt, but this solidifies it.
With Holt and Heim making the club in reserve roles, and Khris Davis and Willie Calhoun starting the year on the injured list, the remaining questions on the position player side is who among Eli White, Leody Taveras and Delino DeShields will make the club, and whether there will be a three or four man bench. Charlie Culberson would seem to be unlikely to make the team unless the Rangers cut ties with Rougned Odor.
King would seem likely to be in the pen to give Chris Woodward a lefthanded relief option until Brett Martin and Joely Rodriguez are back. The injuries have much of the rest of the pen as a question mark, though Kyle Cody is still around and could be in a relief role, and Ian Kennedy seems to be likely to have a late inning role.