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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PHILADELPHIA, PA – JUNE 20: Starting pitcher Michael Wacha #52 of the St. Louis Cardinals delivers a pitch in the second inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on June 20, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images) /

Michael Wacha

Wacha isn’t quite up to par with Bumgarner, Cole, or Sale; however, he’s a quality pitcher that will be far more affordable than those three.

Health is the key for Wacha. He had a good run of health from 2015 to 2017, but an injury disrupted a 2018 season that was on pace to be his best one yet. The right-hander went 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA before being sidelined in June. He did not make another appearance.

He went to high school in Texarkana, TX and graduated college from Texas A&M University. Perhaps his roots will play favorably if the Rangers negotiate with him.

Wacha settled on $6.35 million for 2019 with the Cardinals in his final year of arbitration. A decent 2019 season should warrant an AAV of roughly $10 million once he hits free agency. A deal similar to Lance Lynn‘s 3-year/$30 million may be able to draw Wacha to Texas.

Next. Make or break year for these three Rangers. dark

Again, he wouldn’t be the show-stopper that the previously mentioned starters would be, but he would definitely be a great talent to stick in the middle of the Texas Rangers’ rotation.

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