3. Aroldis Chapman
Aroldis Chapman was acquired by the Rangers at the end of June as a part of a three-player deal with the Kansas City Royals. His regular-season run with Texas went decently, going 2-3 with a 3.72 ERA and four saves while averaging 15.5 strikeouts per nine innings across 30 relief appearances.
But fast forward to the postseason and the veteran flame-thrower has taken his play to the next level.
Having made seven relief appearances in the playoffs, Chapman pitched to a 1.42 ERA while striking out four batters with one hit allowed across 6 1/3 innings. His history — which includes a 2016 World Series ring — already proved that he was a postseason performer, but his latest run solidified that he still deserves that reputation in his mid-30s.
I like what Chapman has brought to the table, but I'm also a realistic thinker. Chapman is still a great reliever, but he also isn't the same player who made seven MLB All-Star appearances from 2012 to 2021. It's going to be tough to justify bringing him back if he hopes for a big raise above the $3.75 million he made this season.
While a team-friendly contract is always a possibility, don't count on the Rangers bringing Chapman back if he's hoping to pad his bank account.