The American League West is going to look very different next season, thanks in large part to some of the moves made by the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers this offseason.
With a spending spree, the Texas Rangers are one of the winners of the MLB offseason so far
While the Mariners didn’t make our list, they certainly should get credit for signing the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner (Robbie Ray) and making a trade to bring infielder Adam Frazier over from the San Diego Padres. It’s also likely that the Mariners will still be active once a new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place and transactions can begin again.
That could be what is to come in Seattle, but there have already been plenty of waves made in the division with the Texas Rangers opening up the franchise’s collective checkbook and shelling out a seven-year, $175 million contract to Marcus Semien and a 10-year, $325 million deal with Corey Seager to rebuild their middle infield. Texas also inked starting pitcher Jon Gray to a four-year deal worth $56 million. Add in a one-year deal with outfielder Kole Calhoun and you can see that the Rangers have been busy completely revamping their roster.
Texas still needs to work on its pitching, but its aggressiveness before the CBA expired put the American League West on notice that the team hoped to turn things around quickly from last year’s 102-loss debacle.