It’s a bittersweet time for Texas Rangers fans as Adrian Beltre has decided to call it a career. The 21-year vet announced his retirement in a statement given out by the Rangers Tuesday morning.
The Texas Rangers 2018 season was a forgettable one with the club winning only 67 games against 95 losses. Unable to ingore a second straight disappointing season, Jon Daniels decided it was time to make a change and let skipper Jeff Banister go. Over the next several weeks, Daniels and company interviewed more than a dozen candidates, including former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Chicago Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, and Phillies third-base coach Dusty Wathan. Ultimately, however, the guy who would impress Daniels the most was the Dodgers third-base coach of the past three seasons, Chris Woodward.
With just 9 days until the Rangers opening day, Texas has more questions than answers going into the 2018 season. Texas was one of the more aggressive teams in free agency but were unwilling to spend a lot of money on the top tier guys that would have a big impact on the 2018 club. Adrian Beltre was outspoken this spring saying he wanted the front office to sign J.D Martinez while also noting that there are still good pitchers on the free agent market that can improve the team. As of now, the Rangers front office seems content going into the season as a major underdog to the likes of the Astros and Angels, who are projected to lead the AL West race.
The Texas Rangers offseason has officially begun and is set to ramp up in the incoming months. The Rangers started their offseason decided who will and most likely won’t be with the team in the 2018 season.
Shohei Otani is set to become one of the most intriguing free agents that MLB has seen in a long time. Otani is only 23 years-old and he can throw 100+ mph right-handed, hit home runs left-handed, and steal a few bases with his legs. Jeff Banister is one manager who has said that if Otani did join the Rangers he would consider using him as a pitcher and a hitter.