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I need a moment alone


hangout_wangout

Me too. I’ll join you.


karnoff

He said ALONE


eggs-dee123

*they’re sharing a drink they call loneliness…*


skoormit

Better than drinking alone, I always say


StickyShoes77

Pretty sure Rangers fans are saying the same thing.


SkuzzleButtte

This is the happiest I’ve been since signing Corey Seager


Brad-Stevens

The Rangers are both so serious and so unserious at the same time


eee-oooo-ahhh

At least they're trying that's more than like half the league can say lol


shigs21

for real


LeoFireGod

We literally saved money for 5 years for This. We’ve been a poverty franchise since the Bautista knockout. I’m so proud that we are trying man. It feels so weird


asrobertson12

Completely agree. I know not all the moves we’ve made will work out perfectly, but I’m just happy we’re trying to build something. Feels awesome


_hardliner_

5 years? Feels like 11 years. Every since the last World Series, it's been this feeling of buying their time until everything falls into place. New ballpark with a roof, new manager with experience, a feels like young talented team wanting to win. Glad to see Bochy is here & ready to win with this team.


thechriskarel

Yep :(


Kongpong1992

Our entire payroll is like 5 dollars and a few hotdogs


Darth_Jason

# LOOK AT THEM HOTDOGS!


Constant_Gardner11

At least they’re interesting lol


BadDadJokes

Interesting in the off-season.


cjn13

What is baseball if not an optimist’s dream


melcolnik

I’m freaking out!


youreallonsteroids

🤣


norcaltobos

But the talent is there for them to be good, just have to hope it all comes together. To be honest, having Bochy on your bench helps a lot too. They will be a very different team next year.


Brad-Stevens

true forgot about Bochy


Climbtrees47

We also brought Mike Maddox back, the pitching coach that helped us get to the WS the first time.


miden24

Fuck this division lol


BamaPhils

Bruh last year alone teams in our division had to deal with this guy, Alcantara, Fried, Scherzer, Wheeler, Nola, and plenty of other great starters. Time one of them left xD


radsherm

Haha same, we had to deal with Burnes, Woodruff, uhhh, Hendricks?


jimsnacking

Gotta give the Rangers front office credit for spending on free agents the last two off seasons


Boros-Reckoner

Same people clowning them will be like "Wow Pirates/Rays/As fans deserve better". Good for the Rangers and Rangers fans.


xbucs_19

Facts I’d rather my team spend and fail than penny pinch and fail


BobbleBobble

I feel attacked but also apathetic


[deleted]

Grew up as a Royals fan. I can’t tell you how much I’d rather go 60-102 with ownership spending than our traditional 60-102 with hope for draft picks


Bernthewalldown

Part of me: “37 million a year when he is always injured is nuts. We dodged a bullet.” Rest of me: “I’m dead inside”


JaceTheWoodSculptor

It was the smart move. I’m sure you will feel better about it in a few years. Just be glad that you got to enjoy the best pitcher in baseball since Pedro.


No-Wedding693

At least he didn’t go to ATL


CybeastID

Same man.


pm_me_your_last_pics

Texas is back in their fuck around and find out stage


El_Jewbacabra

The higher ups are trying to make the marble race a reality.


IInviteYouToTheParty

$750 mil committed to fight for 3rd place.


Howhighwefly

3rd place now can get you into the playoffs though.


Fishsticksboi21

I hate this division


j___bizzzle

Don’t worry. We got you


Fishsticksboi21

You guys still kick our butt, it doesn't even matter


vanillabear26

Meh in two years you’ll be in your random “kick everyone’s ass in the division” phase again


Redbubble89

Youre the only division that has done something in this boring offseason.


Fishsticksboi21

Exactly why I hate this division


Lain41K

I’ll take it. At least it’ll be fun


Boros-Reckoner

I'm honestly glad that the Rangers are trying to compete, somebody at least needs to pretend to want to step up to the Astros in the AL west


Michael__Pemulis

Man I just felt it in my bones that he wasn’t going back to the Mets.


TSSFranco

Dude wanted the bag from the beginning and he for sure got it - hard to argue with 5/185 in a state with Texas taxes vs NY


piperatthegate0fdawn

I really think the state income tax thing gets over paid. This deal is going to include a big deferral anyway


grubas

Because he only gets 81 games without tax. In NY he got 81 games with NY tax. MLB players owe taxes in like 13 states and Canada normally.


titleywinker

It’s a good $10mm+ added to the deal, after tax. That’s meaningful I think.


NoVaBurgher

Passan tweeted that there are no deferrals. Straight 185 for 5, with a 6th year option to make it 222 for 6


Monk_Philosophy

I was sure Cohen would break the bank. This is absolutely shocking for me.


0rangePolarBear

It’s weird since Cohen said he’s going to pay him what he wants and it’s up to degrom whether he wants to stay. Curious if it comes out that the Mets matched the offer or if deGrom didn’t give them a chance or just wanted out of NY.


VictorAkwaowo1

#OHH SHIT


crazyal21

NO NO NO NO NOOOOOO


sofastsomaybe

Thank god for the balanced schedule lmao, only gotta face deGrom a maximum of 4 times, not 6 times


SuckMyLonzoBalls

Damn that’s a bag. Thanks for taking him from New York lol


chrispar

I hope you have generational players! Handsome, beautiful, articulate players who are talented, and star athletes, and they get signed away! I want you to know that pain!


toledosurprised

if i had a nickel for every J named superstar who left my team in free agency, i’d have two nickels. it’s not a lot but sad that it happened twice :(


pseudochef93

At least it’s not Atlanta


slapdickprospect05

Thankful


yoboapp

This market is fucking crazy. We're never gonna sign a pitcher


caesar____augustus

Stove just got TURNT UP


timberwolvesguy

Congrats! AL West bloodbath with Oakland as a sweat towel


dg1822

You say that as if the Angels aren’t about to win 74 games


mjd1119

Holy shitballs this is an absolute bomb. So glad he’s out of the NL East


I_am_Ballser

Yeah. But of course it would turn out that we'll have to see his fucking face game 1 most likely cause Phillies open regular season against Texas. Like c'mon. LOL.


mikeq672

Yeah honestly this works for me. Couldnt be much further away from us league wise.


NoQuarterArcadia

Yea uhhh us too, phew l, sure glad he’s uh in the AL West now haha hah ha 😢


n_jacat

Oh.


yoboapp

#$185M WHAT THE FUCK


Fhikwvdwu

The pitcher market is going crazy this off-season


Leroy_Jenkins24

5 years is the crazy part imo


SomethingMatter

That's taking a huge gamble that he stays fit and keeps performing until he is 39. He is a great pitcher but this contract feels like it's very risky for the team.


fishingismygame

He would have stayed with the Mets if they didn’t offer him something ridiculous like this


rollo2masi

I’m having a hard time coming to terms with this lmao


CammyTheGreat

Evidently Jacob deGrom did not


maleorderbride

lowercase d's only here please


CammyTheGreat

Fixed it. Got to get used to my new Pitching Overlords weird name


maleorderbride

Much appreciated. Now if you could devastate the Astros with him I'd like that a lot.


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FYoCouchEddie

You and me both, brother


egstitt

It's DeGrom pay that man his money


RODjij

He beat me stlaight up


KidDelicious14

PYAH DAT MYAN HIS MYONEEEEH.


NevermoreSEA

What the actual fuck.


booyah-achieved

I hate our division


illegal_deagle

The worst team has Trout and Ohtani. AL Best confirmed.


Worthyness

Excuse you! The worst team would love to have Trout. BUT we do have AL MVP vote getter Sean Murphy


NishinoHuo

Not for long im afraid


Monk_Philosophy

Rangers couldn’t get Kershaw so they opted for the other free agent HoF pitcher so uhh… sorry?


JagerMainOwO

You won the karma race Also holy shit wtf rangers?


AthleteNormal

$37 million per year for a guy who has the best pure stuff of any starter since Randy Johnson is fine. It’s the five years that makes me wonder wtf Rangers too.


sokrazyitmightwork

Well the 5 years is how you get him down to 37m AAV so yea…


Constant_Gardner11

Yeah both MLBTR and FanGraphs had deGrom getting 3 years. This market is clearly hotter than expected, at least on the pitching side.


MasterMentorJr

Abreu got a third year from the Astros. Hot stove in full effect. Market is flaming


maleorderbride

Hottest stuff on the menu seems to be extra years to keep the AAV down


jdono927

Well the best pure stuff since Randy Johnson is why he’s getting that deal


idkwhattosaytho

We just saw Zach Eflin get three years 40 just to go to his hometown Tampa Bay Rays. If your not a big market and want pitching, your gonna have to add some term


PeteyNice

That's how you get the AAV under $40M. Would you rather give him a 3 yr $150M deal? I feel like those were the rough alternatives.


papsmearfestival

How much do they have wrapped up in semien, seager and degrom?


idkwhattosaytho

Seager: 325 Semien: 175 Degrom: 185 That is 685 million dollars for three players over the next 10 years.


papsmearfestival

That is wild


Actuarial

If rosters get shortened to 3 we are gonna have a fighting chance


CammyTheGreat

$685 million with the possibility of $722 million if my math is correct


jf2k4

Only 94 million per season. We’re pushing payroll to luxury tax according to ownership.


Holdmydicks

Fuck it, Padres decided to spend over the last few years too. Ain't our money, let it ride


Crown_of_Negativity

Yeah the total numbers sound absurd but on a per annum basis our payroll really isn't anything crazy. People just don't believe we should try to compete.


ThicDikDaddy

Crazy that he's going to be making like $3-million per start.


JRod3434

Bold to assume he doesn’t miss time. It’ll end up being like $9 million a start.


dpezpoopsies

With Steven Strausburg's injuries, someone did the math and iirc he made something like $300,000 *per pitch* last year.


VictorAkwaowo1

Chris Young said “Scared money don’t make money”


buttlovingpanda

Not my money. Let’s fucking goooo.


ThatInception

PASSAN ON A FRIDAY NIGHT FROM THE TOP ROPE


pseudochef93

**HOT STOVE! ACKNOWLEDGE ME!**


49ersP1

Roman Reigns vs Jonah Heim confirmed


Orbiks-11

deGrom is confirmed Ucey


49ersP1

Who needs smackdown?


Boros-Reckoner

Me, I do. FEELIN UCEY TONIGHT AND SO IS DEGROM


ZeroXtreme18

im dead inside


yoboapp

Ya'll are definitely getting 1 of Verlander or Rodon now though


jf2k4

We might sign them too. We tried to sign 3 SS last off season, but Story backed out last minute on playing CF.


verendum

I'm starting to see where Preller's desire for an all SS team come from.


SquadPoopy

We have like 10 Shortstops in our top 30 prospect list so we could always fulfill that dream.


Sir_TonyStark

I love deGrom for real but the Rangers spending so much money on chronically injured players while a division rival like Oakland fields the goddamn hotdog vendors is fucking hilarious to me


Vendeta25

This one's my favorite in the thread


letsgoas16

Hotdog vendors are undervalued


Sir_TonyStark

Hot dog vendors get on base


JorSimpson45

Rangers: Y’all said we needed pitching


prius4lyf

Mets fans are hurting but the Mets front office did the right thing here. 5 years to a 34 year old age who hasn’t been healthy since 2020. This frees up 40+ million a year and allows them to build a deeper rotation and a solid bat. Hurts but it’s the right thing.


LaMystika

Yes, they need a bat. With their season on the line, they only got one goddamn hit in an elimination game. Worry about pitching *after* fixing the lineup.


MaxPres24

I hate this whole living thing


mansontaco

Just run it back with Scherzer and Verlander. Might as well grab JD Martinez for DH while you're at it


roophis

If I wanted to see players my own age I’d show up to softball more often


dat_waffle_boi

Where did the rangers get this fucking money


Volvo_gang

Bruce Bochy is paying for all of this out of pocket


eljefedelosjefes

Lotta money in dallas


jayden9271

Literally so facts. That city is insanely wealthy.


iDrinan

Not just Dallas, the entire metroplex is booming right now. The growth DFW is seeing is insane.


MikuFanNo1

Every team has the money, it’s the willingness to spend it


dat_waffle_boi

I should say, where did they get all this willingness?


MikuFanNo1

Sometimes you just gotta say “Fuck it, we ball”


TigerBasket

We haven't said that in so many years


iDrinan

The principal owners are getting old and by general accounts are actual fans of the sport they have invested into. I am not saying that they are selfless white knights with intentions of absolute sincerity because I have no idea. I am also not saying other ownership groups do not share a passion for the game. But there are definitely owners out there that do not give a shit about the game at all and see it purely as an investment opportunity. So if I were worth billions, loved baseball, owned a team, and figured I was on my way out soon, I would probably throw financial caution to the wind to help my team win while I was still around to witness it.


ttam23

HOLY SHIT PASSAN NUKE This is a massive massive risk. He’s 34 with significant injury history but when healthy he’s the best pitcher in the world. 5 years at 37 per is super ballsy.


Imperial10

HOLY FUCK. RANGERS FROM THE TOP ROPE


Joeskis

Hope and optimism. Is this what it feels like? Edit: Even if we still suck, I will be a lot more interesting in following the team next year.


7toCiti

I think all of us expected this, but none of us wanted to see it actually happen


GunDMc

I really expected him to stay tbh


7toCiti

Me too, this comment is me lying to myself, don’t tell anyone though


ScroogeMcFuck69

He really wants to face the murderers row that is the Oakland A's?


Officialnoah

#**I did not have that on my off-season bingo card**


DoTheFungo

Based on the last 2 offseasons. When predicting the landing spot for the top 20 FA. Just pick the Rangers everytime, you are bound to get a handful correct.


CammyTheGreat

It was my free space on my card


lantonas

Hopefully the Rangers don't get Kluber'd in this deal.


zbend1

As much as I want to say Lolmets I don’t think giving degrom 5 years is a smart move and Steve cohen made the right decision here.


FritosRule

Yeah well you lost Zach Elflin so there! *SOB CRY*


zbend1

The Rays are gonna turn Zeflin into a CY young :(


FritosRule

No joke I kinda believe that too


Amodernhousewife

Watch degrom never miss another start


norris528e

Rangers are large market team


colby983

We’re so back


yoboapp

DeGrom is DeGrom, but my dude hasn't even pitched 30 starts between the last two seasons and he's going into his age 35 season.


colby983

Yeah I was skeptical about signing him too but fuck it I’m gonna be happy.


mlx1213

Just enjoy it for now!


azulsquirrel

Counterpoint: he now has Mike Maddux coaching him


ProperNomenclature

He also got such a late career start that his workload is far less than his peers. * deGrom: 1,696 innings * Verlander: 2,807 innings And when he's on the field, he's on another level. As Mike Axisa put it: > He’s thrown only 224.1 innings the last three seasons (partly because of the pandemic) but in those 224.1 innings he has a 42.4% strikeout rate and a 4.5% walk rate. That is *insane*. That’s “the most dominant reliever in baseball” stuff but as a starting pitcher.


MasterNeo92

Seeeeee now I get to look at this and agree instead of hoping that he is his same dominant self.


Prince_b1127

6 years is a lot but I’m happy for Rangers fans


[deleted]

At least he’s not a brave?


dav524

Glad he’s out of the NL. Thank you rangers!


NonSequiturGuy1

Sometimes you have to let your child go. Good night, king


ANAL_CAVITIES

they have become the Angels


SpiceNugget

Only if that means the Angels are no longer the Angels


Grade-AMasterpiece

Rangers broke out the cocaine again, and I love it.


RoyTarpleysGhost

As a Rangers fan, I know it’s likely to be a terrible deal but I’m gonna set aside my pessimism and be excited about what if (he stays healthy).


Th3Gam3rGuy22

If anything he’ll be a big boost to the club house to further drive the winning atmosphere


glutepain

FUCK


ChugDix

It’s probably the right call to let him go but fuck this gonna be weird


just-an-astronomer

Well would you look at that My present and foreseeable future is ruined


WWMWPOD

If he's not staying with the Mets, at least he's not within the NL, never mind the division. Sad as fuck but happy he got the bag he deserves. 5 years is probably more than the Mets were willing to do and I'm cool with that too. Wish him all the best in TX.


SuckMyLonzoBalls

WTF


DoTheFungo

Dipoto, don't let the Rangers one-up you like that today. Show them who's boss with a bigger signing now.


ionboii

U wot mate?


Kinglokner16

Texas trying to go back 2 back off season champs


car714c

40 year old degrom gonna win a cy young trust


norcaltobos

Wow, Bochy got his ace.


twec21

Cool. Cool cool cool. [excuse me a second ](https://i.gifer.com/U45N.gif)


Miserable_Zone

Calling it now. The Mets are going win the World Series this year.


atra1n51

I'm going to drink, and listen to Simple Man for the next few hours.


Ilikebaseballthatsit

AL best carrying the rest of the league right now


AggressiveRegret

We gotchu fam 🫡


mrbassman465

apology for poor english when were you when jacob degrom sign? i was sat at home eating dorito when phome ring ‘jacob is sign’ ‘yes’


The_Cows_Are_Home

https://i.imgur.com/TsA9Fs9.jpg


The_GrooGruxKing

Nah our lineup can hit and we have the farm. Obviously need pitching. Not saying this move puts in W.S. talks, but it at least gets in the conversation in playing more than 162


vegetto712

People gonna be shocked at how decent Rangers farm is. Lots of talent