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2023 MLB season preview: AL West


Texas Rangers

The Rangers spent a lot of money this offseason to improve their pitching by signing two-time Cy Young winner Jacob deGrom. Texas also brought in Nathan Eovaldi and Andrew Heaney to shore up a Rangers rotation that already featured Jon Gray. The health of deGrom and Eovaldi will be a huge factor in whether Texas can make the playoffs out of the AL West. 

Corey Seager and Marcus Seiman will lead the offense this season, while Josh Jung and Nathaniel Lowe could both have breakout years. Adolis Garcia and Jonah Heim will also be names to pay attention to as the season goes on. The Rangers did lead the MLB in stolen bases last year and the rule changes could give them even more of an advantage. Stolen bases won’t make or break Texas’ season but it could make a difference on the margins. 

Texas has been extremely active in trying to improve the roster and get back to winning. Health in the starting rotation will play the biggest factor in how the team does over 162 games. The Rangers could be competing for a playoff spot or have to look towards 2024 as the year they get back to the postseason.

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Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager (5) singles in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants during a Spring Training. (Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports)
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