The Texas Rangers spent plenty of money last season as they brought in Jon Gray, Marcus Semien, and Corey Seager. Those moves signaled that the Rangers were going to start to move out of the rebuilding process sooner rather than later.
A major part of that will involve addressing the pitching staff. Gray was a solid middle of the rotation arm. Martin Perez pitched far beyond expectations and may return on an extension. That would certainly be a good start for a team looking to contend next season.
But that would not be nearly enough. The Rangers would still need to add at least one top of the rotation arm in free agency if they are truly going to contend. As such, it is expected that they will once again look to bring Clayton Kershaw in via free agency.
Even that might not be enough. The Rangers are going to be competing against an Astros team that is not going away and a Mariners squad that is on the upswing. Adding a pitcher such as Jacob deGrom could make the difference, especially if the Rangers add a strong second starter as well.
The Texas Rangers need pitchers and are willing to spend. It would not be a surprise to see them connected to Jacob deGrom in the offseason.