The Texas Rangers exceeded any expectations this season, capping off the campaign as World Series champions. While the fanbase will celebrate this postseason run for months to go, Rangers management doesn't have that luxury.
After all, the World Series' end means the MLB offseason has officially gone. Running it back with the same Texas roster would be ideal, but that might not happen due to the offseason's unpredictability. There's a good chance that many familiar faces won't be back next season for one reason or another.
Here are nine Rangers who won't be on Texas' roster once the 2024 MLB season begins.
1. Andrew Heaney
After spending the first nine seasons of his MLB career with four different clubs, Andrew Heaney joined the Rangers on a two-year deal back in December. The first year of his contract was worth $12 million with a $13 million player option for 2024.
Heaney lived up to his contract more often than not, recording a career-high 10 wins (with six losses) while tallying a 4.15 ERA and 151 strikeouts across 147 1/3 innings in 34 games (28 starts). While some Rangers fans wouldn't mind having that level of production on his player option, don't count on that happening.
For starters, the World Series run only increased Heaney's trade value. Few players ever make it this far in the offseason, meaning the 32-year-old could potentially decline his option in favor of a bigger payday. After all, he's at the stage of his career where there may not be many more around the corner.
If Heaney does get a significant pay boost, it's possible the Rangers won't be willing to match what an opposing suitor might offer. There aren't a ton of top-tier starting pitchers in this year's free-agent class, adding to the possibility of a bidding war over the Oklahoma City native.
Unless he's willing to accept his option or take a pay cut to stay in the Lone Star State, Heaney could be playing elsewhere in 2024.