August is here and the Rangers' push towards the MLB postseason continues. They're locked in a fierce battle with the Houston Astros to win the AL West, but that hasn't stopped some Texas fans from thinking ahead to the offseason.
Regardless of whether the Rangers win the division or not, changes will happen in the winter months. Whether those include moving on from a costly free agent or parting ways with an underperforming player, the 2024 roster will look different compared to today's group.
The upcoming months will be used to decide which players will and won't wear a Texas uniform next season. Here's a look at three Rangers who won't be around anymore following the 2023 campaign.
Rangers Who Won’t Be Back in 2024
1. Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman has been solid since the Rangers acquired the veteran reliever from the Kansas City Royals at the end of June. He's made 9 relief appearances so far with Texas, going 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA while recording 17 strikeouts over just 9 innings.
But just because Chapman has played well doesn't mean he'll be back with the team next season. The 35-year-old flamethrower is set to become a free agent at the end of the season and will likely be looking for another solid payday.
Chapman was relatively affordable at $3.75 million this season, but his price could rise. His numbers are significantly up across the board compared to last year, meaning he'll likely see a fair bit of attention in free agency.
The Rangers could bring him back, but there's a good chance that they won't. He isn't getting any younger and the last thing the team needs is to give him a big raise right before he drops off.
Besides, the money that Chapman will probably command can be used to bring in multiple relievers instead of just one.