The Rangers hired former Dodgers’ third-base coach Chris Woodward last off-season and now he could push the Rangers to pursue Hyun-Jin Ryu. The Rangers made strides in 2019 as they won 11 more games than they did in 2018 and even hung in the AL wild-card race for a few months.
The Rangers will be opening a new stadium next season and they could look to add a premier starting pitcher like Ryu to ensure their team competes for a playoff spot in 2020. Texas currently has Mike Minor and Lance Lynn at the top of their rotation so the addition of Ryu would give them a solid rotation. Like the Twins, Ryu is a better fit for the budget of the Rangers.