SBN Sim Offseason – Texas Rangers Review

In what is now an annual tradition, Max Rieper has been running a simulated offseason with Royals Review over the past few days. Your intrepid blogger has been guiding the Texas Rangers to try and reach the real Rangers’ goal of battling for a playoff spot in 2023 without going too crazy.

Here are the Sim Rangers moves:

Rangers offer Martin Perez QO. Perez refuses. Rangers sign Perez to a three-year, $45 million deal.

Rangers exercise option on Jose LeClerc, decline option on Kole Calhoun.

The Rangers trade Grant Anderson for Mark Melancon and $4 million for the Diamondbacks.

Rangers are trading Brad Miller, Josh Sborz and Jayce Easley to Nationals for Logan Verrett.

Rangers trade Kolby Allard to the Braves for Jake Odorizzi and $10M

Rangers trade Cody Bradford and Jonathan Ornelas to Twins for Sonny Gray

Rangers sign Hanser Alberto to a minor league deal

Rangers trade Jesus Tinoco for Darin reputation with the Mets

Rangers trade Trey Hair to the Cubs for Yan Gomes

Rangers trade Marc Church and Larson Kindreich to the Blue Jays for Teoscar Hernandez

The Rangers are trading Justin Foscue to the Tigers for Austin Meadows, Eduardo Rodriguez and $8 million in 2025 and 2026 (if Rodriguez doesn’t exercise his post-2023 opt-out).

Rangers sign Elvis Andrus in a 1-year, $1 million deal

The Braves and I decided to go ahead and close the Allard/Odorizzi deal because what the heck, the teams did just as well.

The Nationals were willing to take Miller and his $4 million off my hands in 2023 if they could have Sborz and Easley, which I was fine with.

Melancon, Ruf, and Gomes were the pay scoops for their respective teams. I got Gomes when I wasn’t sure I would have a viable DH, thinking I might use Mitch Garver as my primary DH. After ending up at both Meadows and Teoscar, I tried to sell Garver or Gomes and held talks with Astros about trading Garver for Hector Neris. Time ran out before I could find out anything with anyone, but assuming either Garver or Gomes are dealt out in spring training to a team in need of a catcher – they wouldn’t both be on the list.

Gray and Teoscar are both annual rentals, but both fill the need and didn’t cost much to acquire.

I did the Meadows/E-Rod trade after getting Reputation and Teoscar, and I probably wouldn’t have acquired both Reputation and Teoscar if I got Meadows first.

With Rodriguez, he’s either one year, $14 million, or four years, $47 million, depending on whether he signs off or not. He was bad in 2022 but I was happy to take him on this deal at this price.

At Meadows and Teoscar, one can play DH and the other a COF spot, with Garcia on the other COF spot and Leody on CF. However, I have insurance in case Leody flops as I can corner Garcia to CF, Teoscar and Meadows and rotate people at DH.

Reputation is a RH bench hitter. He’s hit left-handers well in the past. If it’s bad, I’ll let it go because it’s cheap.

I signed Elvis because he was still out there and because I love Elvis.

The complete simulation with all trains is here in the comments.