Even after signing Shin-Soo Choo and acquiring Prince Fielder, the Texas Rangers may not be finished with their offseason. While getting a powerful hitter like Prince Fielder is huge, the Rangers could still use a little more power in their lineup. It is no secret that the Toronto Blue Jays are listening to offers for Jose Bautista. The slugger has hit over 150 home runs in the past four seasons. Acquiring Bautista would be huge for this Rangers team.
It may just be a rumor, but the Rangers are one of the reported suitors for Bautista. Regardless, the idea of acquiring another power hitter would sound great to this team. Shin-Soo Choo had one of the best on-base percentages in all of baseball last year. Having Fielder and Bautista bat behind Choo would do wonders for these players and this team. The Rangers would be dumb not to go after Bautista.
Imagine a lineup with Adrian Beltre, Prince Fielder, and Jose Bautista. With this lineup, the Rangers would be one of the top teams in home runs and runs batted in. It is amazing to believe how Bautista’s stats could be even better if Toronto had a better offense.
It does not look like the Rangers will re-sign Nelson Cruz so the Rangers will need to pick up the slack somewhere in the offense. Bautista would have a big impact on this offense if the Rangers could acquire him.
What Would It Cost?
Trading for Bautista would take a pinch on the Rangers’ farm system. Texas would have to give up a couple of prospects to acquire Bautista. In fact, the Rangers may have to give up Jorge Alfaro and even Michael Choice, as well as other prospects. Giving up top-tier prospects will make general managers hesitant, but acquiring Jose Bautista is just too good to pass up on.