Offseason Primer

Now that we're in the offseason, Evan Grant has an article outlining the 5 players the Rangers "must make decisions on." 

Among them:

  1. Yovani Gallardo -- Grant calls it a "no-brainer" that the Rangers will tender the $15.8 million qualifying offer to the right-hander, but that makes me sweat a little. In the second half Yovani punched out an atrocious 13% of the batters he faced, which played at least some part in him allowing a .321/.383/.512 opponents triple slash line over his final 71 IP. On the one hand you know the Rangers have done their homework, and it's a fact no player has ever accepted the QO, so recent history is on the club's side. But Gallardo trended way downward in the second half of the regular season, and it's hard to say what his market value is right now. I imagine 3/36 is probably his floor at the moment, with 4/60 being the top of his range. 
  2. Mike Napoli -- He isn't an everyday player at this point in his career (.191/.283/.320 in 290 PAs vs. RHP in 2015), but he can still hit lefties (.278/.391/.563 in 179 PAs). There are any number of players the Rangers can use as a platoon parter with Mitch Moreland at 1B/DH, but Napoli is beloved in Arlington and I imagine the front office has interest in bring him back on a cheap one-year deal. 
  3. Leonys Martin -- Once thought of as the center fielder of the future, 2015 was a miserable year for the Cuban import. Martin lost his job midseason to a Rule 5 pick, broke his hand playing in Round Rock, and refused an assignment to Arizona to continuing working in case he was needed later in the playoffs. That last part is what's important. The Rangers built themselves on what they perceive as high-character, good "makeup" players. Aside what's most important -- overall talent -- it's what they draft and who they acquire in free agency and through trade. Leonys essentially abandoning his teammates during the most important part of the year is a damning look into his character, and something I doubt the Rangers will forgive this winter. Look for Leonys Martin to be playing elsewhere in 2016.
  4. Colby Lewis -- Pencil the man down for 140 IP, an ERA in the mid-4's, and an appearance on another Texas postseason roster. I don't know how much he's going to sign for -- 2/10? 2/12? -- but he's pitched himself onto at least one more Rangers team. 
  5. Mitch Moreland -- Power is precious, and Moreland, coming off the best season of his career, hit the crap out of righties this year (.294/.348/.528, 132 wRC+). In 2015 he made $2.9 million; an expected salary increase in his arb-3 year into the $5-6 million is a good bargain for a capable American League 1B. 

Other offseason notes:

T.R. Sullivan writes that hitting coach Dave Magadan and bullpen coach Andy Hawkins will not be returning in 2016.