Texas Rangers: Beltre’s gone, now who takes over his roles on the team?

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ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers celebrates with Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers after hitting a solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the bottom of the fifth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 16, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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ARLINGTON, TX – MAY 05: Joey Gallo #13 of the Texas Rangers watches the ball on a solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game agaisnt the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 5, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

The Texas Rangers new clean up hitter is….

Not sure yet, but that’s not a decision that needs to be made anytime soon. Texas used a number of clean up hitters last season. While it’s a spot in the lineup that thrives on consistency, it’s unrealistic to expect the same player to hold the spot from opening day on.

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Considering the current roster, Nomar Mazara stands out as the likely number four hitter. He would protect either Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, or Jurickson Profar in the three hole. Odor has the proven power to hit third; however, he’ll need to be more consistent in his productivity. But that’s a conversation for another time.

Ideally, Joey Gallo would hit clean up. He is the club’s most profound power hitter, and the clean up role has long been granted to the most powerful player on a given team. Though, he shares the same issue as Odor. Hitting fourth means heating often with runners on base. As such, it would be a great waste if Gallo struck out half the time in those situations.

Chris Woodward and his staff will solidify the role as spring training proceeds. 2019 is a moving year for a number of young Texas Rangers players. It sure would be nice if Gallo moved into a vital role in the lineup, such as the clean up one.

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