Texas Rangers: Jon Jay Should Be Top Outfield Target

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Jon Jay (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Jon Jay (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Losing outfielder Carlos Gomez has left somewhat of a void in the Texas Rangers outfield. The Rangers need pitching so paying top dollar for an outfielder isn’t ideal. Would Jon Jay be a good fit in Arlington?

Most of the Texas Rangers rumors this off-season have been about pitching. While that is important, Texas should also focus on filling the hole that Carlos Gomez left in the Arlington outfield.

Right now the Rangers outfield is Nomar Mazara and Delino DeShields. Expect Shin-Soo Choo to play plenty of DH in 2018. Willie Calhoun, Ryan Rua, and Drew Robinson have unclear roles up to this point.

Obtaining outfielder Jon Jay should be at the top of the to-do list for the Rangers this winter. The 32-year-old is coming off a fantastic season with the Chicago Cubs, and is one of the most underrated players available this off-season.

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Jay hit .296 with two home runs and 34 RBI in 141 games with the Cubs in 2017. He’s flawless in the outfield, and didn’t commit a single error in his 111 games in the outfield. He’s also been part of six different postseason teams during his time in the MLB.

It’s easy to overlook his impact when the Rangers are so desperate for pitching. The organization can’t ignore an opportunity to heavily improve their outfield. Jay would be a perfect addition, and won’t cost nearly as much as Gomez.

Jay made $8 million with the Cubs last year, and could be looking at a slight increase in salary. He’s a good leadoff hitter that’s solid in the outfield and has postseason experience. Adding Jay to the 2018 Rangers roster is a must this off-season.