Outfielder Carlos Gomez will be out at least a month and a half, so the Rangers have decided to add some depth. The Rangers signed outfielder Drew Stubbs, but what does this mean for the team?
The 32-year-old outfielder Drew Stubbs is back with the Texas Rangers. He signed a minor-league deal with the organization and will report to Triple-A Round Rock. The former 1st round pick is familiar with the Rangers organization.
During his career Stubbs has spent parts of two seasons with the Rangers in 2015 and ’16. He only played 46 games total, but the organization feels that Stubbs has something to offer the team.
The San Francisco Giants recently cut Stubbs after he hit .091 with two hits in 10 games. He struggled, but the it’s such a small sample size it’s difficult to even count that against him. This isn’t a big commitment for the Rangers, and could actually do some good for the organization.
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The nine-year veteran is a career .242 hitter, but his defense is much better than his bat. If Jared Hoying doesn’t stick with the team and struggles, look for Stubbs to get a shot. He could stable the Rangers outfield, and can play all three outfield spots.
Much like the Rangers adding Pete Kozma, this is a move to add some extra depth to the organization. It’s baseball, injuries are always going to pile up and it’s important to have reliable insurance players available.
It’s a minor-league deal, and there is no guarantee Stubbs even gets a shot in Arlington. Good signing by the organization to add extra depth at a low-cost.