Texas Rangers: Which Free Agent Third Baseman is the Best Fit?

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals waits on deck against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 30: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals waits on deck against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning in Game Seven of the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 11: Mike Moustakas #11 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 11, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 11: Mike Moustakas #11 of the Milwaukee Brewers hits a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 11, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Mike Moustakas

Moustakas is a free agent that isn’t generating tons of buzz, but only because he’s in a free agent class with the guys mentioned above. Moustakas quietly been one of the most consistent third basemen in the league over the past few years. Last year, he hit .254 for the Brewers posting an .845 to go along with 35 home runs.

Of the three, he probably is the cheapest but his 2.8 fWAR shows he still is a valuable player. He’s in between Rendon and Donaldson age-wise having just turned 31 in September. Of the three, he also probably is the cheapest with projected deals lingering around the two or three year mark and paying under $15 million per year.

While that looks like great value and it is, for Texas, Moustakas would add yet another left-handed bat to an already overloaded lineup. If the Rangers brought in Moustakas, they would have to offload some of their left-handed bats to even make the contract worth it. A Moustakas signing would check a lot of boxes for the Rangers but feels the most unlikely unless other moves are made.

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