Should the Texas Rangers Jump into the Manny Machado Mix?

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 13: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a single against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning in Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 13, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 13: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates after hitting a single against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning in Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 13, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields the ball against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 26: Manny Machado #8 of the Los Angeles Dodgers fields the ball against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Why Does This Make Sense For Texas?

Manny Machado is Manny Machado first and foremost. He’s a bonafide superstar and a top 10 player in the game. Oh, and he’s only 26-years old. I could end this right here and just let those statements speak for themselves. But let’s break this down a little bit…

As aforementioned, the Texas Rangers are currently in a considerable rebuild as they try to load up on young talent, specifically pitchers. In the field, they have a solid core established with the likes of Elvis Andrus, Rougned Odor, Nomar Mazara, and Joey Gallo. While those names create a good cast, none of them are legitimate superstars and they would take considerable development to reach that point. Adding Manny Machado would give that group their star centerpiece.

While Machado did transition to shortstop this season for the Orioles and Dodgers, long-term I believe, along with many others, that he’s a third baseman. When he’s at third, he’s an elite defender with a couple of Gold Gloves to his name. As of now, Texas has no set in stone third baseman for 2019 or the future after dealing Jurickson Profar. An infield of Machado, Andrus, Odor, and likely Guzman at first creates a defensively stout crew that can help out their pitchers immensely.

At the plate, Machado’s numbers don’t need much backing up. He’s a career .282 hitter who has been knocking on .300 the past couple of seasons. He’s got the contact and the power to go with it hitting 30+ home runs in each of the last 4 seasons. In 2018, between the Orioles and the Dodgers, Machado posted a career high .905 OPS which would’ve led the Rangers in 2018 by nearly 100 points.

If you were to stick Manny Machado in the Texas Rangers lineup, he’d also add a much needed right-handed hitting threat that Texas is desperately in search of after the retirement of Adrian Beltre. Just visualize for a second a lineup that reads Choo, Andrus, Gallo, Machado, Odor. No team in the game wants to face that group. Machado would provide some protection for Gallo who likely will have a runner on-base with Choo and Andrus hitting ahead of him. Odor anchors the middle of the order which then turns over into Kiner-Falefa, Guzman, and Delino DeShields. That’s a formidable lineup without a ton of holes. It’s a lineup that can help carry a team that is still searching for pitching and then when they find that pitching, it’s a lineup that puts them over the top.

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