After winning their first World Series in franchise history, it's time for the Texas Rangers to turn the page and start getting ready for next year.
Thankfully, most of the Rangers' talented core is still under contract for 2024. A few key players are going to be free agents this winter, however, and could be on their way out.
Assuming they leave, here's a guess at where Texas' top four free agents will sign this offseason.
1. Jordan Montgomery - Boston Red Sox
After coming up big for the Rangers down the stretch and in the playoffs, Jordan Montgomery is going to be a hot commodity this offseason. He rose to the occasion in October by going 3-1 with a 2.90 ERA, proving he has what it takes to dominate on the game's biggest stage.
The lefty's big month came on the heels of an impressive regular season, too. Montgomery went 10-11 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over a career-high 188 2/3 innings this year, splitting time between the Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.
The Boston Red Sox are in desperate need of starting pitching and are primed to spend this offseason. They already seem to be zeroing in on Montgomery, as they met with his agent during the first day of GM meetings.
The Red Sox's attraction to Montgomery makes sense. They are already familiar with Montgomery, who pitched for the New York Yankees from 2017-2022. Montgomery performed well in the Big Apple, going 22-20 with a 3.94 ERA and an 8.6 K/9 in six seasons with the Yankees, so we know what he can do in a big market.
The veteran southpaw turns 31 next month, but he looks like a good fit for Boston based on his overall track record, AL East experience and postseason resume. His profile is also similar to former Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, which could make Boston more inclined to sign him.