Failure all around.

Rougned Odor just signed with the San Diego Padres.

Ronald Guzman is pitching for the San Franciso Giants. He’s thrown one inning in spring, giving up one run, a homer.

Joey Gallo is playing first base for the Minnesota Twins.

Willie Calhoun and Isiah Kiner-Falefa are with the Yankees. Kiner-Falefa is about to lose his shortstop role to a rookie and might be turned into a left-fielder in a last-ditch attempt by the Yankees to squeeze one last bit of worth out of him.

Nomar Mazara is with the Orioles.

Leonys Martin is a minor leaguer with the Mariners.

Mitch Moreland and Delino DeShields Jr cannot find a team to sign them.

Former Rangers are littered all over the landscape of MLB. Only one player is pretty much guaranteed a spot on a major league roster in 2023, that’s Joey Gallo. Kiner-Falefa might be trade bait for any team needing an emergency infielder to plug in until their regular infielder gets back. The rest of them are hanging onto to a faint hope and a dream.

All of them were supposed to be the cornerstone of the next Rangers wave of dominance. A wave that wasn’t even perceptible enough to be called a ripple.

Looking at the Rangers roster in 2023, you get a real sense of how far this team has come in two short seasons, how much they have pruned the deadwood.

Seeing Odor and Guzman and Gallo and Calhoun and Kiner-Falefa and Mazara and Martin and DeShields with other teams is a huge jolt of encouragement the hope of the Texas Rangers in 2023.



San Francisco @ Texas, 2:05