4 Former Rangers that Texas Will Regret Letting Walk in 2024

Just because the Texas Rangers won the 2023 World Series doesn't mean that they won't regret letting these four players walk this winter.

The Texas Rangers will regret letting SP Jordan Montgomery walk this offseason.
The Texas Rangers will regret letting SP Jordan Montgomery walk this offseason. / Jamie Squire/GettyImages
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2. LHP Martin Perez

Montgomery isn't the only starting pitcher that the Rangers let walk this winter. Veteran southpaw Martin Perez also hit the open market before inking a one-year, $8 million contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Although he wasn't an All-Star as he was in 2022, Perez was still solid for Texas in 2023. He appeared in 35 contests (20 starts), pitching to a 10-4 record and 4.50 ERA while tallying 93 strikeouts with 49 walks over 141 2/3 innings. He also pitched well in the ALCS (2.70 ERA across 3 1/3 innings in two relief appearances) but struggled in his lone World Series showing.

The Rangers allowed the second-fewest hits and 14th-worst batting average to left-handed hitters last season. It's going to be tough to replicate that success now that Perez (and potentially Montgomery) is gone. The Venezuelan hurler wasn't perfect last season, but let's not forget he was just an MLB All-Star in 2022.

The Rangers don't play the Pirates until a three-game series in August, though, so it'll be interesting to see if Texas regrets its decision even more by then.