Here is a look at the top-10 free agent acquisitions by the Texas Rangers in team history.
Like any team, the Rangers have found both success and failure in free agent deals throughout the years. Factoring individual success and contribution to team success, here is a look at the top 10 free agent signings by the Texas Rangers in their 49-year history.
10. Shin-Soo Choo
Shin-Soo Choo was one of the prize free agents entering the 2014 campaign. He and the Rangers agreed to a 7-year, $130 million contract in the Winter of 2013.
Choo was coming off an outstanding solo act in Cincinnati where he posted a .423 OBP (2nd in the NL). However, his inaugural season in Texas didn’t go so well as he saw his OBP dip by nearly 50 points and missed nearly two months of playing time due to injuries.
Choo would go on to play out his 7-year deal for the Rangers, however, taking the field in nearly 800 games. During his Texas tenure, Choo turned in a .792 OPS with a 190 OPS+ (100 is league average).
Many fans will speak negatively of Choo in light of his large contract and injuries. But, he was always a good player. He earned an all-star nod in 2018 and was a huge piece on the 2015 division-winning team.
Choo always played hard. Even in his final sprint to first in a Ranger uniform, he left it all on the field.