The Texas Rangers, fresh off their historic World Series victory against the Diamondbacks, are not resting on their laurels for the upcoming 2024 season. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Rangers are eyeing free agent Shohei Ohtani for a potential dual role as designated hitter and pitcher.
In a recent episode of Foul Territory with former All-Star Todd Frazier, Rosenthal suggested that several large-market teams, including the Rangers, Cubs, Yankees, and Mets, are likely to express interest in Ohtani. However, he highlighted Texas as a particularly serious contender for the versatile player.
“Texas is coming off a World Series title. They are emboldened by what they’ve done the past two seasons… They’ve spent $800 million on free agents, and in my view, they’re going to keep going,” Rosenthal explained.
Ohtani, who had an outstanding season with the Angels, leading the American League in home runs (44), on-base percentage (.412), and slugging percentage (.654), presents a formidable option for teams looking to bolster their roster for the upcoming season. Despite his individual success, Ohtani has yet to experience postseason play in his six-year career.