Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward months after $500 million spending spree

The Texas Rangers spent over $500 million during the offseason, but it wasn't enough to save manager Chris Woodward's job. The team reportedly fired Woodward on Monday, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.
The decision comes months after the team flaunted Jon Gray, Corey Seager and Marcus Semien in the offseason. Seager signed a ten-year, $325 million deal, Semien signed a seven-year, $175 million deal, and Gray signed a four-year, $56 million contract. Despite these additions, the team is 51-63 and trending below .500 for its fourth straight season.
Woodward, 46, was hired by the team after the 2018 MLB season. Rangers went a 67-95 record that season. Things improved to 78-84 in Woodward's first season at the helm, but declined thereafter. Rangers bottomed out in 2021 at 60-102. Things weren't so bad in 2022 but Rangers had higher expectations after inking Gray, Seager and Semien. In four years with the team, Woodward went 211-287.
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Where are Rangers going after firing Chris Woodward?
Even with the additions of Gray, Seager and Semien, Rangers weren't expected to compete in 2022. There were some clear issues with the team, a 6-24 record in one-run games being a major factor, but Rangers have been faring better this season. The team's run differential was just -2, suggesting they ran closer to .500 ball than their record indicates.
The fact that the Rangers underperformed was enough for the team to fire Woodward. Still, the team performed better and could get closer to postseason competition with another strong offseason. The Rangers front office and owners must determine which players can bring the team forward and find a manager capable of bringing out the best in the rest of the roster in order for the team to get into the U.S. for the first time since 2016 Postseason may return.
Rangers fired Chris Woodward after four seasons. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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