Texas Rangers: Building a Christmas list for the rest of free agency
By Kenneth Nash
The Big One
This is what all your time cultivating a list has been building towards. This is your top Christmas priority. Coincidentally, it’s also the least guaranteed. For me as a kid, this was an XBOX. Not the 360, not the XBOX One but the original XBOX. Big, expensive, but also life-changing…at least through the eyes of an 8-year old.
For the Rangers, this is a legitimate impact third baseman. The Texas Rangers and their fans got spoiled at the hot corner with eight years of Adrian Beltre and in 2019 his absence was noticeable. As the club enters a new ballpark and a new era, now is the perfect time to swing for the proverbial fences. You have a need at third, you have the money to spend and the league has stunningly arrived at a point where four of the best third basemen in the game could be available in free agency or trade this offseason.
The Texas Rangers went big here. Bigger than just big. They asked for Anthony Rendon. That was a bit too much for Santa. But, they didn’t get a straight up no to the ask.. Just no to Rendon so far. The Rangers still could walk away with a premier third baseman. Josh Donaldson has yet to sign and while the club seems to have backed off, they could always reevaluate. Kris Bryant could be dealt by the Cubs. And perhaps even Nolan Arenado could find his way from the North Pole (Colorado) all the way down to Arlington. For Texas, if they land any of those three they benefit massively. Yeah, yeah we can nitpick and say it’s not what we originally asked for, but in the end, we’re walking away thrilled and satisfied with another Christmas list success.