The Texas Rangers rode an incredible wave through the postseason that helped them capture their first World Series championship in franchise history. The right manager leading the right team in the right place at the right time is certainly a formula for success, and they're looking to find that magic again to go back-to-back.
In order to do that though, they cannot stop loading up on top-tier talent. We've already seen the New York Yankees make a blockbuster move to land Juan Soto and the Los Angeles Dodgers finesse their way into signing Shohei Ohtani in the last week.
These moves were made specifically to dethrone the Rangers. So if they want to run it back, it's time to make a splash of their own.
Latest prediction has Rangers stockpiling top pitching.
In Jim Bowden's latest free agency prediction (subscription required), he has the Rangers coming to an agreement to bring Jordan Montgomery back and adding top reliever Josh Hader to the bullpen. Just one of these signings would solidify the Rangers as contenders to do it all again. But adding both would put that prediction over the top.
We saw what Montgomery did last season after he was dealt to the Rangers -- he was lights out. In the regular season, he started 11 games and had a 2.79 ERA with 58 strikeouts. That continued into the postseason, especially in the ALCS, when he went 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA against the defending champion Houston Astros.
Josh Hader joined the San Diego Padres when they were loading up for a run, but that run was cut short due to a flat offense and poor production. Hader still held his own as one of the best closers in baseball, saving 33 games with a 1.28 ERA. That would be a lethal weapon in the playoffs for the Rangers.
Again, the Rangers would be thrilled if just one of these two predictions lands. But if it is both, look out, American League.
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