The Texas Rangers rotation has room to pursue high-priced free agents

Martín Pérez is the Texas Rangers’ highest-paid pitcher of the 2023 season. Don’t expect that to be the case at spring training.

If Rangers have their way, at least one pitcher will be paid more next season than Pérez, who deserves the $19.65 million qualifying offer he agreed to on Tuesday.

Pérez’s decision gave the Rangers additional clarity about their starting rotation as they prepare to court free agents and potential trade offers.

If the season started today, Rangers could rely on three experienced starters – Pérez, Jon Gray and Jake Odorizzi. Together, the trio will earn $37.15 million next season. Gray will collect $15 million, while Odorizzi will only cost the Rangers $2.5 million as Atlanta collects the remainder of his $12.5 million 2023 salary.