Rangers’ Jon Daniels On Rotation, Infield
On the heels of one other disappointing season, one which noticed the Rangers end 22-38 and lengthen their playoff drought to 4 years, basic supervisor Jon Daniels spoke to media, together with Jeff Wilson of the Fort Value Star-Telegram and TR Sullivan of MLB.com.
With their starters having ended 2020 with the majors’ seventh-worst ERA (5.32), Daniels stated the Rangers are concerned about bringing in a veteran rotation member throughout the offseason. The one starter on the group who supplied high-end manufacturing throughout a lot of innings in 2020 was Lance Lynn, who’s solely signed for one more 12 months and whom the Rangers may commerce for a strong haul. Kyle Cody gave the group excellent outcomes, albeit over a small variety of innings, and the Rangers traded Mike Minor to the A’s earlier than the Aug. 31 deadline.
Texas has Lynn, Cody, Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson (he and Lyles had tough years) amongst their most confirmed starters going into subsequent season. Two-time Cy Younger winner Corey Kluber’s nonetheless on the roster, however as somebody who missed almost the complete season with shoulder troubles, he looks like a shoo-in to be purchased out for $1MM (versus guaranteeing him $18MM).
Turning to the offensive facet, the Rangers aren’t planning on gifting beginning spots to second baseman Rougned Odor or shortstop Elvis Andrus going ahead, per Daniels. Frankly, neither participant deserves one. Each gamers could possibly be commerce candidates within the coming months, and if that’s the case, the Daniels-led Rangers are assured they received’t need to eat any of their contracts. That could be wishful pondering, as Odor has two extra seasons and $27MM left on his contract, whereas Andrus has $28MM over two years remaining.
Odor has three seasons of two-plus fWAR in his previous, and he’s somebody the Rangers signed to a six-year, $49.5MM assure getting into 2017, however his manufacturing has been horrible of late. Regardless of 10 dwelling runs in 148 plate appearances, the 26-year-old ended 2020 with a .167/.209/.413 line. His 51 wRC+ ranked second to final amongst 223 hitters who racked up at the very least 140 PA this season.
Andrus was even worse than Odor this 12 months, as he logged a 48 wRC+ in 111 journeys to the plate. Like Odor, Andrus appeared like a cornerstone for the Rangers in his earlier days, which is why they prolonged him to an eight-year, $120MM contract in early 2013. Nonetheless, his manufacturing has fallen flat over the previous few seasons.