2016 Texas Rangers Wish List


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#5- Bench

This is an area the Rangers will also look to improve in. Josh Hamilton is scheduled to be the starting leftfielder next season and the club needs a quality backup for him. The fact that Hamilton has struggled to stay healthy recently leads you to believe they will need more than just a quality backup. They need someone capable of playing nearly everyday.

Shin-Soo Choo will play right and Delino DeShields Jr. will play center with Leonys Martin as a backup. The Rangers need another right-handed outfielder and could be interested in a free agents such as Rajai Davis and Chris Denorfia. They need a quality bat to be available off the bench and to platoon with the left-handed hitting Choo and Hamilton.

The Rangers got tremendous production from Mitch Moreland last season. He hit .278 last season with 23 homers and 85 RBIs in 132 games. The left-handed hitter is in the last year of his arbitration and made $2.9 million dollars in 2015. Rumors are the club was very pleased with the production from Mike Napoli and the club would like to re-sign him in some capacity. His catching days are far gone, but he can be a solid DH or occasional first baseman.

Jurickson Profar is an interesting case. The former #1 prospect in the game of baseball looks as though he might be healthy for the first time in two seasons. With Andrus at shortstop and Rougned Odor at second base, Profar has no position. The Rangers could deal him for help in certain areas, but Profar must first prove he is indeed healthy. Joey Gallo has tremendous power and it is a matter of time before the Rangers try to get him in the lineup. Adrian Beltre is the starter and the heart and soul of the team, but Gallo’s value is at its peak now and he must either play or be traded. It will be interesting to see what the Rangers do in that regard.

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