Texas Rangers: Why They Shouldn’t Pursue Giancarlo Stanton

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: 2017 Hank Aaron Award recipient Giancarlo Stanton
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: 2017 Hank Aaron Award recipient Giancarlo Stanton /

It appears that the Miami Marlins are open to trading Giancarlo Stanton. Though the Texas Rangers are not considered a possible landing spot for him, it’s a good thing. There’s no doubt many Rangers fans would love for him to come to Arlington and play in a Rangers uniform, but it’s a pipe dream. The Rangers do need to acquire some names this off-season, but they don’t need Stanton.

Stanton is one heck of a player. His batting skills are unique and he’s certainly one of the best players in the league today. Recently, it was announced by the Marlins that they’re open to trading Stanton. The Texas Rangers honestly don’t need to be in the pursuit for him. Quite frankly, they don’t need him. To be honest, who or what can the Rangers offer the Marlins for their star slugger? It’s not worth the risk.

For one thing, Stanton’s contract is way too expensive. The Rangers are already in a predicament due to the salaries of Shin-Soo Choo, Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, and even Prince Fielder, who’s no longer with the team. Starting next season, Stanton’s salary will be at least $25 million each season. In 2025, his salary is going to be over $30 million! The Rangers don’t need to make their payroll predicament bigger as they’ve got more than enough on their plate. Long story short, Stanton’s too expensive and the Rangers need to pursue what they truly require. In other words, the Rangers need to take free agency very seriously. They certainly don’t want to bite off more than they can chew.

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Pitching is the biggest hole the Rangers need to fill this off-season. So that’s what the Rangers need to focus on the most. Stanton plays outfield and the Rangers don’t seem to have a big issue in the outfield position, although it’s likely they’ll lose Carlos Gomez in free agency, however, they’ll cross that bridge when they get to it.

The Rangers let Andrew Cashner go, and at the moment, the pitching rotation is almost depleted. At the moment, Martin Perez and Cole Hamels are the only pitchers that are sure to be in the rotation. A.J. Griffin is still on the roster, but who knows what’ll end up happening with him going forward. Same thing for Nick Martinez.

There are currently reports that the Boston Red Sox are becoming serious contenders in acquiring Stanton. However, according to Jon Morosi, San Francisco, St. Louis, and Philadelphia are in the mix, too. The Rangers aren’t and they don’t need to be. As said earlier, the Rangers’ biggest need of attention is pitching and they just need to stick to that. Stanton, as great of a player that he is, his services are not needed in Arlington.