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Texas Rangers' Off-Season Targets

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Free Agency has begun; and it’s no secret that the Rangers have their intentions on many players. Ron Washington’s squad has holes all over the field. Not only do the Rangers have to resign key players, but they also have to bring in new pieces to help this team on a quest to a World Series run. Let’s take a look at some players the Rangers are looking at:

Shin-Soo- Choo

Source: Craig Calcaterra

The Reds’ leadoff man from last year is a notable player in free agency this year. During his tenure with the Reds,

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Choo hit .285 with 21 home runs. Those are very good numbers for a catalyst player like Choo is. But the most catalyst-like trait Choo has is his ability to get on base. Choo was second in the National League with a .423 on-base percentage. Choo would also add another left-handed to a righty-favored lineup. Choo would be a great addition to Texas but he will come with a hefty price tag. Choo’s agent is Scott Boras and Boras will always find a way to nickel-and-dime teams to shell out even more money for a player.

Mike Napoli

Source: D.J. Short

Could the Rangers be Boston’s biggest competitor for Napoli? Napoli could make a return to the Rangers with the uncertainty of Nelson Cruz coming back. Napoli signed a one-year contract with Boston this past season to up his value in the free agency market. The former Ranger was successful. Napoli was an excellent role player for the Red Sox this year hitting .259 to go along with 23 home runs and 92 RBI’s. Another positive about Napoli is his ability to play first base, as well as catcher.

Masahiro Tanaka

Source: Ben Badler

It isn’t hard to believe the Japanese superstar could head to Texas, where fellow countryman Yu Darvish is playing ball too. If the posting negotiations go through, expect the Rangers (as well as the New York Yankees) to be big players for Tanaka. With the Rakuten Golden Eagles this past year, Tanaka had a 24-0 record, a 1.27 ERA and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings. Obviously, Tanaka won’t have the same success in the MLB. But he is a polished pitcher that could become a really good pitcher with the addition of another pitch.

Brian McCann

Source: Craig Calcaterra

McCann is the most likely name out of any player on this list. The long-time catcher is still a stellar baseball player as the Texas

Rangers are gearing up for a deep run at the former Atlanta Brave. According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Texas is “knocking his door down” for McCann. McCann is the best option over fellow catcher Mike Napoli. McCann has been long-known for his hitting. In 2013, the catcher hit .256 with 20 home runs and 57 RBI’s.Carlos Beltran

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Another outfielder the Rangers are looking at is Carlos Beltran. Beltran is by far the most decorated player the Rangers are looking at. This past year, Beltran hit .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBI’s. To go along with these stats, he also led his Cardinals to another World Series. Beltran’s ability in the field is decreasing, but he still a viable defensive player in the outfield. Beltran could be just what the doctor ordered for the Rangers.

Other players:

  • Robinson Cano
  • Lance Berkman
  • Jacoby Ellsbury

Tags: Brian McCann Carlos Beltran Shin-Soo Choo Texas Rangers

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