Texas Rangers: Seven stars of interest in the 2020 free agent class

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at AT&T Park on September 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at AT&T Park on September 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 07: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies throws out Travis Shaw #21 of the Milwaukee Brewers in the fourth inning of Game Three of the National League Division Series at Coors Field on October 7, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Nolan Arenado

If you think signing Arenado will be easy, you’re crazy! Teams will be lined up around the corner trying to get his John Hancock on a contract. He may even be more sought after than Manny Machado has been this offseason.

Arenado is a career .291 hitter. He’s driven in at least 130 runs in three of his last four seasons and has hit 35 or more home runs in all four. He has four All-Star appearances to his name, along with four silver sluggers, four gold gloves and two platinum gloves. That’s a lot of hardware for a guy who’s played only six big league seasons.

Somehow, Arenado has yet to win an MVP award. He’s come close, finishing 3rd, 4th, and 5th in voting over the past three seasons. As talented as he his, an MVP award seems inevitable.

So yes, the superstar third baseman will be on just about every team’s radar come the 2019-2020 offseason.

It will be interesting to see how much money he and his agent ask for come that time. If present day is any indication, it’s going to be a very large number– perhaps record-breaking.

Friday evening, it was reported that Arenado wants $30 million from the Rockies in order to avoid arbitration. Colorado has their minds set on $24 million. Either amount would be the highest in arbitration history. The two parties will settle at some point soon. When they do, the 27-year-old will make history.

Anyway, there’s a little preview of the money the Texas Rangers would likely have to pay to Arenado on a yearly basis. Fortunately, they should be able to.

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