The Toronto Blue Jays could learn a thing or two from the Texas Rangers offseason approach as their front office added their third starting pitcher when they acquired Corey Kluber.
The Blue Jays and Rangers went into this offseason with similar goals of revamping their starting rotation through free agency and trade. The Rangers added their third pitcher yesterday and have done a much better job executing their plan than the Jays front office thus far.
The addition of Corey Kluber is a huge get as the former Indians hurler has ace potential when healthy. The Rangers also did not have to give up much in return to acquire the hurler who instantly makes their rotation significantly better.
The Jays have added Chase Anderson this offseason via the trade route from the Milwaukee Brewers but he is nowhere near in the same talent pool as Kluber.
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The Rangers previously inked pitchers Kyle Gibson and Jordan Lyles both who had drawn interest from the Blue Jays. Manager Charlie Montoyo indicated the team made a formal offer to Gibson, however, it was outdone by the Rangers.
The Blue Jays want everyone to know they are being aggressive and have money to spend but yet teams all around them continue to get better. They did dip into free agency and sign Tanner Roark to a two-year pact which is a good depth signing if Roark is their number four starter.
If the Jays can land Hyun-Jin Ryu then the Roark signing makes sense and their rotation takes shape nicely as at the very least Roark can eat innings.
It appears the Rangers front office identified the players they wanted and have been aggressive going out and obtaining them.
There is still a ton of offseason left but the Ross Atkins and company may be able to learn something from the Rangers offseason plan and how they went about executing it.