The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with seven of their eight arbitration-eligible players, per reports. The only arb-eligible Ranger who does not have a deal is reportedly Adolis Garcia. The two sides will exchange arbitration figures this evening.
The only numbers I’ve seen so far are for Dane Dunning, who reportedly agreed to $3.325 million for the 2024 season, and Leody Taveras, who is at $2.55 million for one year. Aside from Garcia, the other five Rangers who were arbitration-eligible are Josh Sborz, Nathaniel Lowe, Jonathan Hernandez, Brock Burke and Jonah Heim.
The Rangers and Garcia can still reach an agreement after numbers are exchanged. If they are not able to reach an agreement, then there will be an arbitration hearing, after which an arbitrator will pick either the team’s salary figure or the player’s salary figure. That amount will be Garcia’s salary for 2024.
The last player who the Rangers went to arbitration with was Lee Stevens, in 2000. The Rangers then traded Stevens prior to the start of the 2000 season to the Montreal Expos, in a deal that saw Brad Fullmer go from Montreal to the Toronto Blue Jays and David Segui go from Toronto to Texas.
UPDATE — Garcia has reportedly filed for $6.9 million, while the Rangers’ number is $5 million. That’s a sizeable gap, and I’m surprised the Rangers’ number is that low. As a point of reference, MLBTR’s arbitration projections had Garcia at $6.6 million.
The other deals are as follows:
Lowe — $7.5M
Heim — $3.05M
Hernandez — $1.245M
Burke — $1.035M
Sborz — $1.025M
Lowe is well below the $8.8M he had as his projection. Heim was projected at $3.6M.