The Texas Rangers have made it clear that they are going to focus on the top end of the pitching market.
As it is, the Rangers and Jacob deGrom have mutual interest in one another. Jon Heyman of the New York Post has been amongst those to report that the two sides have had discussions on a contract. However, deGrom is also 34 years old, has battled injuries over the past few years, and may be looking for a team that will win now. The Rangers may not fit that model.
Instead, another pitcher could make much more sense. Carlos Rodon proved his breakout 2021 campaign was not a fluke with another strong showing last season. After opting out of his contract, he is seeking the type of long term commitment that he had not received thus far in his career.
The Rangers could be the perfect opportunity for that to happen. Rodon is younger than deGrom at 30 years old and is still in the midst of his hypothetical prime. That relative youth, along with his potentially looking for stability more than a team that is going to immediately contend, could make Texas a prime landing spot. It is not a surprise that, according to Jon Morosi, the two sides have already had contact.
The Texas Rangers need a true top of the rotation arm in order to contend. Carlos Rodon could end up being that ace they need.