Texas Rangers Willing to Spend More in Free Agency

Texas Rangers left fielder Willie Calhoun in August 2019
Texas Rangers left fielder Willie Calhoun in August 2019. Photo by Albert Pena/CSM/Shutterstock (10369659k)

Texas Rangers fans could soon have something to be excited about. In a recent chat with reporters, the team’s president of baseball operations, Jon Daniels, promised that the Rangers are now willing to spend more in the free agency and are even thinking of giving a longer-term deal to “the right player.”

The Rangers have been one of the worst teams in the MLB in recent years and finished at the bottom of AL West three times in the past four seasons. This apparently caused the franchise to rethink its strategy and be more open to building its roster through outside acquisitions.

“Ownership has given us a good range to work with this year with the expectation that (payroll) is going to grow over the next several years,” Daniels said via the Dallas Morning News. “We will be in a different category than we’ve been the last couple of years. The opportunity has got to line up. … We’re open to a longer-term deal on the right player.”

The Rangers are currently predicted to have around just a $50 million payroll next season, which gives the team an opportunity to chase some big names on the free-agent market. Recent reports indicated that Texas might be interested in picking up a player from the list of available All-Star shortstops that includes Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Marcus Semien, Trevor Story, and Javier Báez.

Texas Rangers finished the 2021 MLB campaign with a 60-102 record, which was third-worst in majors. They are currently on a five-season playoff drought and haven’t had a winning season since 2016.