3 Free Agents the Rangers Must Sign to Repeat as World Series Champions

The Texas Rangers, fresh from their first World Series win, are strategising their offseason game plan to secure another title. This article highlights the three key free agents they should sign.
3 free agents the Texas Rangers must sign to win the 2024 World Series.
3 free agents the Texas Rangers must sign to win the 2024 World Series. / Rob Schumacher/Arizona Republic / USA
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3. Josh Hader

The Rangers have a number of relievers who are about to become free agents, including Aroldis Chapman, Chris Stratton and Will Smith. That means the team could desperately use another late-inning arm to pair with Jose Leclerc.

Since Leclerc is a righty, signing a lefty like Hader would make a ton of sense.

Hader is one of the best relievers in baseball, making five All-Star appearances in the last six seasons. He posted a sparkling 1.28 ERA in 2023 for the San Diego Padres and has been nearly unhittable throughout his career, posting an absurd 15.0 K/9.

With 165 career saves under his belt, he's also a far more established closer than Leclerc, who only has 40 saves in seven seasons so far.

Signing Hader would give Bruce Bochy a major weapon at the end of games. He could move Leclerc to a setup role in the eighth inning or mix and match in the ninth inning depending on the matchup.

Either way, adding a shutdown arm like Hader would provide a huge advantage in the late innings and could come in handy in October.

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