According to Larry Brooks, the Rangers have allotted approximately $4 million for Anton Stralman this summer and are prepared to offer three to four years. For Rangers fans with a pulse, this is good news. I have Stralman pegged for $4.5 million a year, which is likely on the high end. I would expect Stralman to sign a deal, whether with the Rangers or another team, for four to five years at $4-4.5 million per year.
If Brooks report is accurate, we can probably surmise that a big name acquisition is not in the Rangers preferred plan this summer. As you can see from my estimated Rangers budget, it is damn near impossible to add a big ticket contract if Stralman is re-signed. If the Rangers are prepared to offer $4 million per year and four years, the negotiating gap should be small enough to get a deal done prior to July 1. As much as the advanced stats community loves Stralman (myself included), it remains to be seen how much this will translate to actual dollars in free agency.