Texas Rangers: Could Outfielder Jay Bruce Be A Trade Target?

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Jay Bruce (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 15: Jay Bruce (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

The Texas Rangers head into a crucial part of their season and it could make or break them. Should Texas considering adding another power bat into the lineup to boost their playoff hopes?

For the next few weeks fans will be hearing plenty of rumors regarding the Texas Rangers. The team is unsure whether they want to buy or sell at the trade deadline. If they buy would slugger Jay Bruce be a good fit in Arlington?

One of the main problems for the Rangers has been a lack of consistency from the middle of the order. The lineup has too many all or nothing players and the team is living or dying off the home run ball.

Sadly, at this point in the season there isn’t much the team can do. If they can’t fix it then they might as well add more to it. Acquiring a power bat like Bruce could help take some of the pressure off struggling players.

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This season Bruce is hitting .267 with 24 home runs and 62 RBI in 84 games. After 2017 Bruce is eligible for free agency and the Mets will likely look to move the slugger. The Mets are falling out of the race and they might as well get something for Bruce.

Adding Bruce to the outfield could create somewhat of a logjam. That would mean Shin-Soo Choo would likely be full-time DH for the rest of the season. The 30-year-old Bruce would likely just be a rental for a playoff push.

The trade really all depends on what the Mets want for Bruce. If the asking price is too high then the Rangers can look elsewhere. Having a bat like Bruce would be great in Arlington, but it depends on the price tag.