The Texas Rangers have a former San Francisco Giants manager as their new skipper. Now it appears the Rangers may be looking to the Bay Area for some additional help on the mound and maybe even at the plate as well this offseason.
Could the Texas Rangers add more talent this offseason with a San Francisco Giants background?
With former Giants manager Bruce Bochy just announced as the team’s new manager, the Rangers are rumored to be very interested in Carlos Rodón, who posted a 14-8 mark in his first season for the Giants in 2022. The 29-year-old southpaw logged a 2.88 ERA/2.25 FIP (the lowest for any MLB starting pitcher)/1.028 WHIP in 178.0 innings covering 31 starts.
Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic wrote in this article (subscription required) that the Rangers “expect to make a hard push” for Rodón, who is expected to opt out of the remainder of his two-year, $44 million deal that extends through next season. After showing in 2022 that he can stay healthy and still produce, Rodón will be a name that is likely involved with several rumors this offseason.
And, according to Baggarly, Rodón may not be the only Giants player to make his way to the Lone Star State and suit up in the first year of the Bochy regime. Brandon Belt, on a one-year contract with the Giants last season, his 12th year with the only team he has ever played for, could be an easy fit under his former manager in Texas. As a native of Lufkin, Texas, and a player at the University of Texas, there are plenty of ties that could bring Belt to the Rangers.
Texas is scheduled to play in San Francisco from August 11-13, and it will likely have an outpouring of emotion for Bochy, the man who guided the Giants to three World Series title during his tenure. Could other former Giants be a part of the reunion as well? With Bochy as a beacon in Texas, don’t be surprised.