Texas Rangers Being Overlooked Despite Corey Seager, Marcus Semien Signings

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The Texas Rangers really took their state mantra to heart. Everything’s bigger in Texas. Ok, maybe not the official motto, but roll with me here. 

After losing 102 games last year, the Rangers brass clearly had enough and spent big Texas money this offseason. More than $500 million in fact.  The Rangers didn’t waste time either and were the busiest club in the majors leading up to the lockout. It was the team’s first 100 loss season in almost 50 years and the fifth in a row where Texas didn’t make the postseason. At the end of the year, GM Chris Young and President of operations Jon Daniels promised to upgrade this roster. And, cheers to them for pulling it off. 

So what did the Rangers get for all that cash? 

Well, first of all, they landed one of the best shortstops in the majors by bringing over Marcus Semien to a seven-year, $175 million contract. Before the ink was even dry, just an hour later they agreed to terms with Kole Calhoun to a $5.2 million deal for the year with a club option for 2023. That same evening Texas also made a massive upgrade to their rotation by agreeing to terms with Jon Gray to a four-year, $56 million contract. The Rangers weren't done and then signed another SS, Corey Seager, to a whopping $325 million 10-year contract. All in all, I say money is well spent.

Semien returns to the AL West where he did so much damage with the A’s for six years. Seager, meanwhile, earned an  NLCS MVP and World Series MVP in his time with the Dodgers. The pair help form one of the most impressive middle infields in the game. 

So, why are the Rangers tagged to win just 73 games at WynnBET Sportsbook

Hard to say, I guess one major reason could just be the name “Texas Rangers” starting back at you. It’s like the New York Jets or Washington Generals, you just don't bet on them. 

But this isn’t the same Rangers team from seasons past. They spent more money in a day than most teams have ever spent in an offseason. They are tired of losing and I am all in on this hype train.