Texas Rangers: Building a Christmas list for the rest of free agency

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 28: 86th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center on November 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO – AUGUST 31: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates after a ninth inning run-scoring single against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 31, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 31: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates celebrates after a ninth inning run-scoring single against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 31, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

The Alternatives to the Big One

Texas already has crossed off “the needs” and the “sure, why nots” but now we take a step forward into the bigger parts of the list. This isn’t the ultimate goal and you’ll make that clear on your list. These aren’t quite priorities, but they will be if Plan A doesn’t go your way. And, if you happen to get these and your “Big One”, then you’re in dreamland.

For the Rangers, this is at least one impact hitter, preferably right-handed. We all can guess what the “Big One” is, but I don’t want to spoil it. But if that doesn’t work, perhaps the Texas Rangers can bolster their now markedly slimmer outfield group. Starling Marte would be the premier option on the trade market. Or maybe the Cubs could be lured into moving a bounce back candidate in Albert Almora. Boston needs to shed salary. Is Jackie Bradley Jr. an alternative option? If a trade doesn’t fancy the powers that be, Texas could throw offers at free agents like Marcell Ozuna or Kevin Pillar on the list. Or they could look to a guy like Nick Castellanos who could be an option at first base but would make a legit impact at the plate. Regardless of which route Texas goes, these guys would soften the blow of missing on your top priority and maybe, you can land more than one. A quantity of quality kind of thing.

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